Mission Outreach Anglican

Service for Sunday January 19th, 2020

 

Hail to the Lord's anointed:- https://youtu.be/xTAsPczbnKM

Amazing grace (My chains are gone):- https://youtu.be/Jbe7OruLk8I

10,000 Reasons:- https://youtu.be/DXDGE_lRI0E


Reader:  Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

All:         And blessed be his kingdom, now and forever. Amen. 


Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord.

Amen.


The confession and absolution


Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.


The Reader prays:


Almighty God, our heavenly Father, who in his great mercy has promised forgiveness of sins to all those who with heartfelt repentance and true faith turn to him: have mercy on us, pardon and deliver us from all our sins, confirm and strengthen us in all goodness, and bring us to everlasting life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 


A Collect for the second Sunday after Epiphany


Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ’s glory, that he may be known, worshiped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.


The Word of God.  One or more readings appointed for the day are read.


A reading from Isaiah 49:1-7


1Listen to me, you islands; hear this, you distant nations: Before I was born the LORD called me; from my birth he has made mention of my name.  2He made my mouth like a sharpened sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me into a polished arrow and concealed me in his quiver.  3 He said to me, "You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will display my splendor."  4But I said, "I have labored to no purpose; I have spent my strength in vain and for nothing.  Yet what is due me is in the LORD's hand, and my reward is with my God."  5And now the LORD says - he who formed me in the womb to be his servant to bring Jacob back to him and gather Israel to himself, for I am honored in the eyes of the LORD and my God has been my strength - 6he says: "It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept.  I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring my salvation to the ends of the earth."  7This is what the LORD says - the Redeemer and Holy One of Israel - to him who was despised and abhorred by the nation, to the servant of rulers: Kings will see you and rise up, princes will see and bow down, because of the LORD, who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you." 

The Word of the Lord

Thanks be to God


The Psalm appointed for today is Psalm 40:1-9.  


1I waited patiently for the LORD;

he turned to me and heard my cry. 

2He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire;

he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. 

3He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. 

Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD. 

4Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust,

who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods. 

5Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders you have done. 

The things you planned for us no one can recount to you;

were I to speak and tell of them,

they would be too many to declare. 

6Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but my ears you have pierced;

burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not require. 

7Then I said, "Here I am, I have come –

it is written about me in the scroll. 

8I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart." 

9I proclaim righteousness in the great assembly;

I do not seal my lips, as you know, O LORD.   

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now and shall be forever. Amen.


A reading from 1 Corinthians 1:1-9


1Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes, 2To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be holy, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ – their Lord and ours: 3Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  4I always thank God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus.  5For in him you have been enriched in every way – in all your speaking and in all your knowledge – 6because our testimony about Christ was confirmed in you.  7Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed.  8He will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.  9God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.


The Word of the Lord

Thanks be to God


Behold the Lamb of God:- https://youtu.be/ZFEK68ncZ7o


A reading from John 1:29-41


29The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!  30This is the one I meant when I said, ‘A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ 31I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel.”  32Then John gave this testimony: “I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him.  33I would not have known him, except that the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is he who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’  34I have seen and I testify that this is the Son of God.”  35The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. 36When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!”  37When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. 38Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?”  They said, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?”  39“Come,” he replied, “and you will see.”  So they went and saw where he was staying, and spent that day with him.  It was about the tenth hour.  40Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus.  41The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). 

The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you Lord Christ.


Today’s Reflection:

John 1:29-41 :-https://youtu.be/bh-l7eZov7o


We believe:-https://youtu.be/FtPmX7e_Rpw


Prayers of Intercession


Let us follow this series of videos from Prayercast weekly, and pray for unbelievers everywhere and others to come to know Christ:-


Western South Asia


Deacon or other leader


In the silence that follows each prayer, please add your own petitions either silently or out loud.


Let us pray for the Church and for the world.


Grant, Almighty God, that all who confess your Name may be united in your truth, live together in your love, and reveal your glory in the world.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.


Guide the people of this land, and of all the nations, in the ways of justice and peace; that we may honor one another and serve the common good.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.


Give us all a reverence for the earth as your own creation, that we may use its resources rightly in the service of others and to your honor and glory.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.


Bless all whose lives are closely linked with ours, and grant that we may serve Christ in them, and love one another as he loves us.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.


Comfort and heal all those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit; give them courage and hope in their troubles, and bring them the joy of your salvation.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.


We commend to your mercy all who have died, that your will for them may be fulfilled; and we pray that we may share with all your saints in your eternal kingdom.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

Amen.


Praying for church leaders:


O God,

You will build your church.

Forgive me when I don’t play my part.

Forgive me when I stop others.

Forgive us when we lack the courage to obey.

Forgive us when we get in the way of people seeing you.


O God,

You will build your church.

Give me wisdom to see the gifts you have given me for your church.

Give me discernment to see who you are calling to leadership, especially if it’s me.

Give us confidence to respond to your call and serve.

Give us courage to encourage and support your new leaders.


O God,

You will build your church.

Bless your leaders with the gifts they need.

Bless us with willing, obedient hearts.

Bless our reaching out to other churches in partnership.

Bless our community through the work of your church.


O God,

You will build your church.

Let it be so!

Amen.


THE OFFERTORY SENTENCE


New doxology:- https://youtu.be/gF0MgnOjeiw


Reader:          I appeal to you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present yourselves as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.  Romans 12:1


COMMUNION RITE


Reader: The Lord be with you.

All:    And also With You


Reader: Is the Father with us?

All:    He is.


Reader: Is Christ among us?

All:    He is.


Reader: Is the Spirit here?

All:    He is.


Reader: This is our God.

All:    Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.


Reader: We are his people.

All:    We are redeemed.


Reader:  Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us ;

All:   Therefore let us keep the feast, Not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him.


Reader:     The death that he died, he died to sin, once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. So also consider yourselves dead to sin, and alive to God in Jesus Christ our Lord.

All:   Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead.


Reader:  For as in Adam all die,

All:   so also in Christ shall all be made alive.    

          

Rejoicing in the presence of God here among us,

let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us:-


Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.

Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory

Forever and ever.

Amen.


My Redeemer lives:- https://youtu.be/XRW-jr_PnbQ


The Conclusion


All our problems:

We send to the cross of Christ.

All our difficulties:

We send to the cross of Christ.

All the devil’s works:

We send to the cross of Christ

All our hopes:

We set on the risen Christ


Sing, sing, sing:- https://youtu.be/IV5Vdi_55OU


Reader:          Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.

                       Let us go forth into the world rejoicing in the power of the Spirit. 

All:                 Thanks be to God.

                        Alleluia, Alle

Service for Sunday January 12th, 2020

 

On Jordan's bank:- https://youtu.be/zq0f0Qo6A24

He reigns:- https://youtu.be/aKTqwBetI1I

In Christ alone:- https://youtu.be/ENtL_li4GbE


Reader: Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

All:         And blessed be his kingdom, now and forever. Amen. 


Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord.

Amen.


The confession and absolution


Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.


The Reader prays:

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, who in his great mercy has promised forgiveness of sins to all those who with heartfelt repentance and true faith turn to him: have mercy on us, pardon and deliver us from all our sins, confirm and strengthen us in all goodness,

and bring us to everlasting life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 


A Collect for the first Sunday after Epiphany


Father in heaven, who at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan proclaimed him your beloved Son and anointed him with the Holy Spirit: Grant that all who are baptized into his Name may keep the covenant they have made, and boldly confess him as Lord and Savior; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting.

Amen.


The Word of God.  One or more readings appointed for the day are read.


A reading from Isaiah 42:1-9


1"Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him and he will bring justice to the nations.  2He will not shout or cry out, or raise his voice in the streets.  3A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out.  In faithfulness he will bring forth justice; 4he will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth.  In his law the islands will put their hope."  5This is what God the LORD says - he who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and all that comes out of it, who gives breath to its people, and life to those who walk on it: 6"I, the LORD, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand.  I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles, 7to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness. 8"I am the LORD ; that is my name!  I will not give my glory to another or my praise to idols.  9See, the former things have taken place, and new things I declare; before they spring into being I announce them to you." 


The Word of the Lord

Thanks be to God


The Psalm appointed for today is Psalm 89:1-16. 


1I will sing of the LORD’s great love forever;

with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations.

2I will declare that your love stands firm forever,

that you have established your faithfulness in heaven itself.

3You said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one,

I have sworn to David my servant,

4‘I will establish your line forever

and make your throne firm through all generations.’”

5The heavens praise your wonders, LORD,

your faithfulness too, in the assembly of the holy ones.

6For who in the skies above can compare with the LORD?

Who is like the LORD among the heavenly beings?

7In the council of the holy ones God is greatly feared;

he is more awesome than all who surround him.

8Who is like you, LORD God Almighty?

You, LORD, are mighty, and your faithfulness surrounds you.

9You rule over the surging sea;

when its waves mount up, you still them.

10You crushed Rahab like one of the slain;

with your strong arm you scattered your enemies.

11The heavens are yours, and yours also the earth;

you founded the world and all that is in it.

12You created the north and the south;

Tabor and Hermon sing for joy at your name.

13Your arm is endowed with power;

your hand is strong, your right hand exalted.

14Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;

love and faithfulness go before you.

15Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you,

who walk in the light of your presence, LORD.

16They rejoice in your name all day long;

they celebrate your righteousness.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now and shall be forever. Amen.


A reading from Acts 10:34-38


34Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism 35but accepts men from every nation who fear him and do what is right.  36You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, telling the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.  37You know what has happened throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached – 38how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.


The Word of the Lord

Thanks be to God


Be Thou my vision:- https://youtu.be/UhuZYXy_YmI


A reading from Matthew 3:13-17


13Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John.  14But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”  15Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.”  Then John consented.  16As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water.  At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him.  17And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you Lord Christ.


Today’s Reflection:

Acts 10:34-38:-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzcvVv3va1E


This I believe:-https://youtu.be/VRzI_FbWTkg


Prayers of Intercession


Let us follow this series of videos from Prayercast weekly, and pray for unbelievers everywhere and others to come to know Christ:-


https://prayercast.com/persian-world.html


Deacon or other leader


In the silence that follows each prayer, please add your own petitions either silently or out loud.

Let us pray for the Church and for the world.

Grant, Almighty God, that all who confess your Name may be united in your truth, live together in your love, and reveal your glory in the world.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.


Guide the people of this land, and of all the nations, in the ways of justice and peace; that we may honor one another and serve the common good.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.


Give us all a reverence for the earth as your own creation, that we may use its resources rightly in the service of others and to your honor and glory.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.


Bless all whose lives are closely linked with ours, and grant that we may serve Christ in them, and love one another as he loves us.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

Comfort and heal all those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit; give them courage and hope in their troubles, and bring them the joy of your salvation.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.


We commend to your mercy all who have died, that your will for them may be fulfilled; and we pray that we may share with all your saints in your eternal kingdom.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

Amen.


Praying for church leaders:


O God,

You will build your church.

Forgive me when I don’t play my part.

Forgive me when I stop others.

Forgive us when we lack the courage to obey.

Forgive us when we get in the way of people seeing you.


O God,

You will build your church.

Give me wisdom to see the gifts you have given me for your church.

Give me discernment to see who you are calling to leadership, especially if it’s me.

Give us confidence to respond to your call and serve.

Give us courage to encourage and support your new leaders.


O God,

You will build your church.

Bless your leaders with the gifts they need.

Bless us with willing, obedient hearts.

Bless our reaching out to other churches in partnership.

Bless our community through the work of your church.


O God,

You will build your church.

Let it be so!

Amen.


THE OFFERTORY SENTENCE


I could sing of your love forever:- https://youtu.be/xBEPFFqpycQ


Reader:          I appeal to you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present yourselves as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.  Romans 12:1


COMMUNION RITE


Reader: The Lord be with you.

All:    And Also With You


Reader:  Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us ;

All:   Therefore let us keep the feast, Not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him.


Reader:     The death that he died, he died to sin, once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. So also consider yourselves dead to sin, and alive to God in Jesus Christ our Lord.

All:   Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead.


Reader:  For as in Adam all die,

All:   so also in Christ shall all be made alive.  

            

Rejoicing in the presence of God here among us,

let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us:-


Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.

Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory

Forever and ever.

Amen.


Nothing but the blood:- https://youtu.be/j-J8PPbIdHc


The Conclusion

All our problems:

We send to the cross of Christ.

All our difficulties:

We send to the cross of Christ.

All the devil’s works:

We send to the cross of Christ

All our hopes:

We set on the risen Christ


Play/download music for song here:- https://drive.google.com/open?id=1dRO9Qm5TE1zCjQ6mVQVuR551BY-NmO05


BEHOLD, THE FORMER THINGS HAVE COME TO PASS 

(Andy Piercy)

Behold, the former things have come to pass

And God declares new things to us

Before they come he makes them known

Behold, the wonder of our Father’s love

That he has done great things for us

We lift our hearts and sing to him  -  a new song

You who dwell upon the mountains

Raise a shout and start it for us

Let it echo from the coastlands

‘til the islands join the chorus

Let the cities lift their voices

And the nations come rejoicing

Giving praises to our God and King

Behold, the former things have come to pass…

See the one who comes in glory

See the one that God has chosen

This is his beloved servant

He has put his Spirit on him

He will come with truth and justice

He will rescue those in darkness

Let the whole world lift its voice and sing!

Behold, the former things have come to pass…


Reader:          Let us go forth into the world rejoicing in the power of the Spirit. 

All:                 Thanks be to God.

Service for Sunday January 5th, 2020

 

The King of love my Shepherd is:- https://youtu.be/b3GFVW6m9Qo

While shepherds watched their flocks:- https://youtu.be/TvegJ3wRLFE

Once in royal David's city:- https://youtu.be/gdDeFgXXG-s

Reader: Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

All:         And blessed be his kingdom, now and forever. Amen. 

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

The confession and absolution

Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.

The Reader prays:

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, who in his great mercy has promised forgiveness of sins to all those who with heartfelt repentance and true faith turn to him: have mercy on us, pardon and deliver us from all our sins, confirm and strengthen us in all goodness,

and bring us to everlasting life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

A Collect for the second Sunday after Christman

O God, who wonderfully created, and yet more wonderfully restored, the dignity of human nature: Grant that we may share the divine life of him who humbled himself to share our humanity, you Son Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

The Word of God.  One or more readings appointed for the day are read.

A reading from Jeremiah 31:7-14

7This is what the LORD says: "Sing with joy for Jacob; shout for the foremost of the nations.  Make your praises heard, and say, 'O LORD, save your people, the remnant of Israel.'  8See, I will bring them from the land of the north and gather them from the ends of the earth.  Among them will be the blind and the lame, expectant mothers and women in labor; a great throng will return.  9They will come with weeping; they will pray as I bring them back.  I will lead them beside streams of water on a level path where they will not stumble, because I am Israel's father, and Ephraim is my firstborn son.   10"Hear the word of the LORD, O nations; proclaim it in distant coastlands: 'He who scattered Israel will gather them and will watch over his flock like a shepherd.'  11For the LORD will ransom Jacob and redeem them from the hand of those stronger than they.  12They will come and shout for joy on the heights of Zion; they will rejoice in the bounty of the LORD -  the grain, the new wine and the oil, the young of the flocks and herds.  They will be like a well-watered garden, and they will sorrow no more.  13Then maidens will dance and be glad, young men and old as well.  I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.  14I will satisfy the priests with abundance, and my people will be filled with my bounty," declares the LORD. 

The Word of the Lord

Thanks be to God

Better is one day:- https://youtu.be/bgF14mob2M4

The Psalm appointed for today is Psalm 84.  

1How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD Almighty! 

2My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. 

3Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young - a place near your altar, O LORD Almighty, my King and my God.

4Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you.

5Blessed are those whose strength is in you, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage.  

6As they pass through the Valley of Baca, they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools.

7They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion.  

8Hear my prayer, O LORD God Almighty; listen to me, O God of Jacob.

9Look on our shield, O God; look with favor on your anointed one.

10Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.

11For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.

12Lord Almighty, blessed is the one who trusts in you.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now and shall be forever. Amen.

A reading from Ephesians 1:3-6, 15-19

3Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will– 6to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. 15For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, 16I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.  17I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19and his incomparably great power for us who believe.

The Word of the Lord

Thanks be to God

A reading from Luke 2:41-52

41Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover. 42When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom. 43After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. 44Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. 45When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. 46After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. 48When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.”  49“Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” 50But they did not understand what he was saying to them.  51Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart. 52And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.

The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you Lord Christ.

Today’s Reflection:

Luke 2:41-52:-https://youtu.be/KdXa6usBkLU

African Credo:-https://youtu.be/QLxKgBHCIUM

Prayers of Intercession

Let us follow this series of videos from Prayercast weekly, and pray for unbelievers everywhere and others to come to know Christ:-

https://prayercast.com/arabian-peninsula.html

Deacon or other leader

In the silence that follows each prayer, please add your own petitions either silently or out loud.

Let us pray for the Church and for the world.

Grant, Almighty God, that all who confess your Name may be united in your truth, live together in your love, and reveal your glory in the world.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

Guide the people of this land, and of all the nations, in the ways of justice and peace; that we may honor one another and serve the common good.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

Give us all a reverence for the earth as your own creation, that we may use its resources rightly in the service of others and to your honor and glory.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

Bless all whose lives are closely linked with ours, and grant that we may serve Christ in them, and love one another as he loves us.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

Comfort and heal all those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit; give them courage and hope in their troubles, and bring them the joy of your salvation.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

We commend to your mercy all who have died, that your will for them may be fulfilled; and we pray that we may share with all your saints in your eternal kingdom.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

Amen.

Praying for church leaders:

O God,

You will build your church.

Forgive me when I don’t play my part.

Forgive me when I stop others.

Forgive us when we lack the courage to obey.

Forgive us when we get in the way of people seeing you.

O God,

You will build your church.

Give me wisdom to see the gifts you have given me for your church.

Give me discernment to see who you are calling to leadership, especially if it’s me.

Give us confidence to respond to your call and serve.

Give us courage to encourage and support your new leaders.

O God,

You will build your church.

Bless your leaders with the gifts they need.

Bless us with willing, obedient hearts.

Bless our reaching out to other churches in partnership.

Bless our community through the work of your church.

O God,

You will build your church.

Let it be so!

Amen.

THE OFFERTORY SENTENCE

Offering (Christmas version):- https://youtu.be/EDsiQYBDyJ0

Reader:          I appeal to you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present yourselves as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.  Romans 12:1

COMMUNION RITE

Reader: The Lord be with you.

All:    And Also With You

Reader:  Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us ;

All:   Therefore let us keep the feast, Not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him.

Reader:     The death that he died, he died to sin, once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. So also consider yourselves dead to sin, and alive to God in Jesus Christ our Lord.

All:   Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead.

Reader:  For as in Adam all die,

All:   so also in Christ shall all be made alive.              

Rejoicing in the presence of God here among us,

let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us:-

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.

Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory

Forever and ever.

Amen.

O come all ye faithful:- https://youtu.be/l1wHyMR_SCA

The Conclusion

All our problems:

We send to the cross of Christ.

All our difficulties:

We send to the cross of Christ.

All the devil’s works:

We send to the cross of Christ

All our hopes:

We set on the risen Christ

We three Kings:- https://youtu.be/BaheOgdGKJQ

Reader:          Let us go forth into the world rejoicing in the power of the Spirit. 

All:                 Thanks be to God.

If you missed this last week, let us sit back and enjoy a video presentation of the story surrounding the birth of Jesus:

Bethlehemian Rhapsody:- https://youtu.be/IxvMkSKRWOA

Service for Sunday December 29th, 2019

 

"Jesus Christ showed the world how small steps taken in faith and hope can overcome deep-seated divisions to bring harmony and understanding. Many of us try to follow in His footsteps."

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 2019.


Joy to the World:- https://youtu.be/kyciMYZq2-Y

The first Noel:- https://youtu.be/mawwURNqPC0

O Holy Night:- https://youtu.be/BxJxU6VYkUY


Reader: Bless the Lord who forgives all our sins.

All:         His mercy endures forever. 


Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

The confession and absolution


Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.


The Reader prays:

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, who in his great mercy has promised forgiveness of sins to all those who with heartfelt repentance and true faith turn to him: have mercy on us, pardon and deliver us from all our sins, confirm and strengthen us in all goodness,

and bring us to everlasting life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 


A Collect for the first Sunday after Christmas


Almighty God, you have poured upon us the new light of your incarnate Word: Grant that this light, enkindled in our hearts, may shine forth in our lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.


The Word of God.  One or more readings appointed for the day are read.


A reading from Isaiah 61:10-62:3


10I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God.  For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.  11For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, so the Sovereign LORD will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations.  1For Zion's sake I will not keep silent, for Jerusalem's sake I will not remain quiet, till her righteousness shines out like the dawn, her salvation like a blazing torch.  2The nations will see your righteousness, and all kings your glory; you will be called by a new name that the mouth of the LORD will bestow.  3You will be a crown of splendor in the LORD's hand, a royal diadem in the hand of your God.


The Word of the Lord

Thanks be to God


The Psalm appointed for today is Psalm 147.  We will say the Psalm responsively by half verse.


1Praise the Lord.  How good it is to sing praises to our God,

how pleasant and fitting to praise him!

2The Lord builds up Jerusalem;

he gathers the exiles of Israel.

3He heals the brokenhearted

and binds up their wounds.

4He determines the number of the stars

and calls them each by name.

5Great is our Lord and mighty in power;

his understanding has no limit.

6The Lord sustains the humble

but casts the wicked to the ground.

7Sing to the Lord with grateful praise;

make music to our God on the harp.

8He covers the sky with clouds;

he supplies the earth with rain and makes grass grow on the hills.

9He provides food for the cattle

and for the young ravens when they call.

10His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse,

nor his delight in the legs of the warrior;

11the Lord delights in those who fear him,

who put their hope in his unfailing love.

12Extol the LORD, O Jerusalem;

praise your God, O Zion,

13for he strengthens the bars of your gates

and blesses your people within you. 

14He grants peace to your borders

and satisfies you with the finest of wheat.

15He sends his command to the earth;

his word runs swiftly. 

16He spreads the snow like wool

and scatters the frost like ashes. 

17He hurls down his hail like pebbles.

Who can withstand his icy blast? 

18He sends his word and melts them;

he stirs up his breezes, and the waters flow. 

19He has revealed his word to Jacob,

his laws and decrees to Israel. 

20He has done this for no other nation;

they do not know his laws.  Praise the LORD.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now and shall be forever. Amen.


A reading from Galatians 3:23-25,4:4-7


23Before this faith came, we were held prisoners by the law, locked up until faith should be revealed. 24So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith.  25Now that faith has come, we are no longer under the supervision of the law.  4But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, 5to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.   6Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.”  7So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.


The Word of the Lord

Thanks be to God


In the bleak midwinter:- https://youtu.be/ZI9hc2E-d64


A reading from John 1:1-20


1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  2He was with God in the beginning.  3Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.  4In him was life, and that life was the light of men.  5The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.  6There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. 7He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe.  8He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.  9The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.  10He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.  11He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.  12Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God – 13children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God.  14The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.  15John testifies concerning him.  He cries out, saying, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’”  16From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another.  17For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.  18No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only,who is at the Father's side, has made him known.  19Now this was John's testimony when the Jews of Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was. 20He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, “I am not the Christ.”


The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you Lord Christ.


Today’s Reflection:

John 1:1-18:-https://youtu.be/0k9cH-1J0Ns


African Credo:-https://youtu.be/QLxKgBHCIUM


Prayers of Intercession


Let us follow this series of videos from Prayercast weekly, and pray for unbelievers everywhere and others to come to know Christ:-

https://prayercast.com/muslims-in-eastern-europe.html


Deacon or other leader


In the silence that follows each prayer, please add your own petitions either silently or out loud.


Let us pray for the Church and for the world.

Grant, Almighty God, that all who confess your Name may be united in your truth, live together in your love, and reveal your glory in the world.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.


Guide the people of this land, and of all the nations, in the ways of justice and peace; that we may honor one another and serve the common good.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.


Give us all a reverence for the earth as your own creation, that we may use its resources rightly in the service of others and to your honor and glory.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.


Bless all whose lives are closely linked with ours, and grant that we may serve Christ in them, and love one another as he loves us.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.


Comfort and heal all those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit; give them courage and hope in their troubles, and bring them the joy of your salvation.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.


We commend to your mercy all who have died, that your will for them may be fulfilled; and we pray that we may share with all your saints in your eternal kingdom.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.


Amen.


Praying for church leaders:


O God,

You will build your church.

Forgive me when I don’t play my part.

Forgive me when I stop others.

Forgive us when we lack the courage to obey.

Forgive us when we get in the way of people seeing you.


O God,

You will build your church.

Give me wisdom to see the gifts you have given me for your church.

Give me discernment to see who you are calling to leadership, especially if it’s me.

Give us confidence to respond to your call and serve.

Give us courage to encourage and support your new leaders.


O God,

You will build your church.

Bless your leaders with the gifts they need.

Bless us with willing, obedient hearts.

Bless our reaching out to other churches in partnership.

Bless our community through the work of your church.


O God,

You will build your church.

Let it be so!

Amen.


THE OFFERTORY SENTENCE


African children’s Christmas:- https://youtu.be/20TUrz-aO2s


Reader:          I appeal to you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present yourselves as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.  Romans 12:1


COMMUNION RITE


Reader: The Lord be with you.

All:    And Also With You


Reader:  Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us ;

All:   Therefore let us keep the feast, Not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him.


Reader:     The death that he died, he died to sin, once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. So also consider yourselves dead to sin, and alive to God in Jesus Christ our Lord.

All:   Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead.


Reader:  For as in Adam all die,

All:   so also in Christ shall all be made alive.    

          

Awaiting His coming in glory, 

let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us:-


Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.  Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever and ever.

Amen.


Silent Night:- https://youtu.be/UNpiQwgStNA


The Conclusion


All our problems:

We send to the cross of Christ.

All our difficulties:

We send to the cross of Christ.

All the devil’s works:

We send to the cross of Christ

All our hopes:

We set on the risen Christ


Go tell it on the mountain:- https://youtu.be/NsX3tYbai1Q


Reader:          Let us go forth into the world rejoicing in the power of the Spirit. 

All:                 Thanks be to God.


Let us sit back and enjoy a video presentation of the story surrounding the birth of Jesus:

Bethlehemian Rhapsodyhttps://youtu.be/IxvMkSKRWOA

Service for Sunday December 22nd, 2019

 

Reader:    Our help is in the name of the Lord

All:            Who has made heaven and earth


Reader:     Let us pray.  O God, by whose word all things are made holy, pour forth your blessings upon this holy season, and grant that we who celebrate it may prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ.

All:            Amen.


Reader:       Our hope is in the coming of the Lord.

All:              May His love shine in our hearts.

Reader:      And may the Lord’s peace be with us all.

All:             The Lord is our faith and our life.


On the fourth week of Advent, we light the final purple candle to mark the final week of prayer and penance as we wait for the birth of our Savior. This final candle, the “Angel’s Candle,” symbolizes peace. It reminds us of the message of the angels: “Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward Men.”


Reader:      Let us pray that we may grow in love for each other as the Lord comes to us.


Three purple candles and the rose coloured candle are  lit.


Reader:      Let us pray that the newborn Saviour will bring us His love which lasts forever.

All:             Amen.


Hark the herald angels sing:- https://youtu.be/wbdvo019mgM

Angels from the realms of glory:- https://youtu.be/v5mdybeyLVc

Let there be peace on earth:- https://youtu.be/0_DxNpW1kHQ


Reader: Bless the Lord who forgives all our sins.

All:         His mercy endures forever. 


Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord.

Amen.


The confession and absolution


Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.


The Reader prays:


Almighty God, our heavenly Father, who in his great mercy has promised forgiveness of sins to all those who with heartfelt repentance and true faith turn to him: have mercy on us, pardon and deliver us from all our sins, confirm and strengthen us in all goodness,

and bring us to everlasting life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 


A Collect for the fourth Sunday in Advent


Purify our conscience, Almighty God, by your daily visitation, that your Son Jesus Christ, at his coming, may find in us a mansion prepared for himself; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Amen.


The Word of God.  One or more readings appointed for the day are read.


A reading from Isaiah 7:10-17


10Again the LORD spoke to Ahaz, 11"Ask the LORD your God for a sign, whether in the deepest depths or in the highest heights."  12But Ahaz said, "I will not ask; I will not put the LORD to the test."  13Then Isaiah said, "Hear now, you house of David!  Is it not enough to try the patience of men?  Will you try the patience of my God also?  14Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.  15He will eat curds and honey when he knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right.  16But before the boy knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right, the land of the two kings you dread will be laid waste.  17The LORD will bring on you and on your people and on the house of your father a time unlike any since Ephraim broke away from Judah - he will bring the king of Assyria."

The Word of the Lord

Thanks be to God


Give us clean hands:- https://youtu.be/J8TCeqLabu4


The Psalm appointed for today is Psalm 24:1-7.  We will say the Psalm responsively by half verse.


1The earth is the LORD's, and everything in it,

the world, and all who live in it;

2for he founded it upon the seas

and established it upon the waters. 

3Who may ascend the hill of the LORD?  

Who may stand in his holy place? 

4He who has clean hands and a pure heart,

who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear by what is false.  

5He will receive blessing from the LORD

and vindication from God his Savior.

6Such is the generation of those who seek him,

who seek your face, O God of Jacob.  

7Lift up your heads, O you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors,

that the King of glory may come in.

8Who is this King of glory? 

The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle. 

9Lift up your heads, O you gates; lift them up, you ancient doors,

that the King of glory may come in. 

10Who is he, this King of glory? 

The LORD Almighty - he is the King of glory.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now and shall be forever. Amen.


A reading from Romans 1:1-7


1Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God -- 2the gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures 3regarding his Son, who as to his human nature was a descendant of David, 4and who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord. 5Through him and for his name's sake, we received grace and apostleship to call people from among all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith.  6And you also are among those who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.  7To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Word of the Lord

Thanks be to God


A reading from Matthew 1:18-25


18This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. 19Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.  20But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.   21She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins."  22All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23"The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel" -- which means, "God with us."  24When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.  25But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son.  And he gave him the name Jesus.

The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you Lord Christ.


Today’s Reflection:

Matthew 1:18-25:-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rp3QTyJCweY


This I believe:- https://youtu.be/VRzI_FbWTkg


Prayers of Intercession


Let us follow this series of videos from Prayercast weekly, and pray for unbelievers everywhere and others to come to know Christ:-

https://prayercast.com/salat-prayer.html


Deacon or other leader


In the silence that follows each prayer, please add your own petitions either silently or out loud.

Let us pray for the Church and for the world.

Grant, Almighty God, that all who confess your Name may be united in your truth, live together in your love, and reveal your glory in the world.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.


Guide the people of this land, and of all the nations, in the ways of justice and peace; that we may honor one another and serve the common good.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

Give us all a reverence for the earth as your own creation, that we may use its resources rightly in the service of others and to your honor and glory.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.


Bless all whose lives are closely linked with ours, and grant that we may serve Christ in them, and love one another as he loves us.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.


Comfort and heal all those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit; give them courage and hope in their troubles, and bring them the joy of your salvation.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.


We commend to your mercy all who have died, that your will for them may be fulfilled; and we pray that we may share with all your saints in your eternal kingdom.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

Amen.


Praying for church leaders:


O God,

You will build your church.

Forgive me when I don’t play my part.

Forgive me when I stop others.

Forgive us when we lack the courage to obey.

Forgive us when we get in the way of people seeing you.


O God,

You will build your church.

Give me wisdom to see the gifts you have given me for your church.

Give me discernment to see who you are calling to leadership, especially if it’s me.

Give us confidence to respond to your call and serve.

Give us courage to encourage and support your new leaders.


O God,

You will build your church.

Bless your leaders with the gifts they need.

Bless us with willing, obedient hearts.

Bless our reaching out to other churches in partnership.

Bless our community through the work of your church.


O God,

You will build your church.

Let it be so!

Amen.


THE OFFERTORY SENTENCE

The first Noel:- https://youtu.be/1jxaOPhBmxQ

Doxology:- https://youtu.be/GBBnOJpclMQ


Reader:          I appeal to you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present yourselves as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.  Romans 12:1


COMMUNION RITE


Reader: The Lord be with you.

All:    And Also With You


Reader:  Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us ;

All:   Therefore let us keep the feast, Not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him.


Reader:     The death that he died, he died to sin, once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. So also consider yourselves dead to sin, and alive to God in Jesus Christ our Lord.

All:   Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead.


Reader:  For as in Adam all die,

All:   so also in Christ shall all be made alive.              


His coming in glory, 

let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us:-


Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.

Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory

Forever and ever.

Amen.


King of heaven:- https://youtu.be/5h8laPe1NVM


The Conclusion


All our problems:

We send to the cross of Christ.

All our difficulties:

We send to the cross of Christ.

All the devil’s works:

We send to the cross of Christ

All our hopes:

We set on the risen Christ


Little drummer boy:- https://youtu.be/5l1CS0Jhk90

(wrong link last week)


Reader:          Let us go forth into the world rejoicing in the power of the Spirit. 

All:                 Thanks be to God.

Service for Sunday December 15th 2019

 


Reader:    Our help is in the name of the Lord

All:            Who has made heaven and earth


Leader:     Let us pray.  O God, by whose word all things are made holy, pour forth your blessings upon this holy season, and grant that we who celebrate it may prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ.

All:            Amen.


Leader:      May His love shine in our hearts.

All:             And may the Lord’s peace be with us all.


Reader:      The Lord is our faith and our life.

All:              Our hope is in the coming of the Lord.


The third candle is pink and symbolizes joy. It is called the “Shepard’s Candle,” and is pink because rose is a liturgical color for joy. The third Sunday of Advent is Gaudete Sunday and is meant to remind us of the joy that the world experienced at the birth of Jesus, as well as the joy that the faithful have reached the midpoint of Advent.


Reader:      Let us pray that we may grow in love for each other as the Lord comes to us.


Two purple candles and the rose coloured candle are  lit.


Reader:      Father in heaven, may we, your family who look forward to the birthday of Christ, experience the joy of your love and celebrate His birth with a new sense of love for each other.

All:             Amen.


Joyful joyful we adore thee:- https://youtu.be/eMY3ivdNzwE

Mary did you know:- https://youtu.be/cZVjXsf_7aI

King of heaven:- https://youtu.be/5h8laPe1NVM


Reader: Bless the Lord who forgives all our sins.

All:         His mercy endures forever. 


Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord.

Amen.


The confession and absolution


Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.


The Reader prays:


Almighty God, our heavenly Father, who in his great mercy has promised forgiveness of sins to all those who with heartfelt repentance and true faith turn to him: have mercy on us, pardon and deliver us from all our sins, confirm and strengthen us in all goodness, and bring us to everlasting life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 


A Collect for the third Sunday in Advent


Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever.

Amen.


The Word of God.  One or more readings appointed for the day are read.


A reading from Isaiah 35:1-10


1The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom.  Like the crocus, 2it will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy.  The glory of Lebanon will be given to it, the splendor of Carmel and Sharon; they will see the glory of the LORD, the splendor of our God.  3Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way; 4say to those with fearful hearts, "Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you."  5Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped.  6Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy.  Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert.  7The burning sand will become a pool, the thirsty ground bubbling springs.  In the haunts where jackals once lay, grass and reeds and papyrus will grow.  8And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness.  The unclean will not journey on it; it will be for those who walk in that Way; wicked fools will not go about on it.  9No lion will be there, nor will any ferocious beast get up on it; they will not be found there.  But only the redeemed will walk there, 10and the ransomed of the LORD will return.  They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads.  Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.

The Word of the Lord

Thanks be to God


Hosanna (Praise is rising):- https://youtu.be/oAaQ5EEXidc


The Psalm appointed for today is Psalm 146.  We will say the Psalm responsively by half verse.


1Praise the LORD.  

Praise the LORD, O my soul.

2I will praise the LORD all my life; 

I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.

3Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal men,

who cannot save.

4When their spirit departs, they return to the ground;

on that very day their plans come to nothing.

5Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,

whose hope is in the LORD his God,

6the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them –

the LORD, who remains faithful forever.

7He upholds the cause of the oppressed

and gives food to the hungry. 

The LORD sets prisoners free, 8the LORD gives sight to the blind,

the LORD lifts up those who are bowed down,

the LORD loves the righteous.  9The LORD watches over the alien

and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.

10The LORD reigns forever,

your God, O Zion, for all generations.  Praise the LORD.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now and shall be forever. Amen.


A reading from James 5:7-10


7Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord's coming.  See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains.  8You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord's coming is near.  9Don't grumble against each other, brothers, or you will be judged.  The Judge is standing at the door!  10Brothers, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.

The Word of the Lord

Thanks be to God


A reading from Matthew 11:2-11


2When John heard in prison what Christ was doing, he sent his disciples 3to ask him, "Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?"  4Jesus replied, "Go back and report to John what you hear and see: 5The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor.  6Blessed is the man who does not fall away on account of me."  7As John's disciples were leaving, Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John: "What did you go out into the desert to see?  A reed swayed by the wind?  8If not, what did you go out to see?  A man dressed in fine clothes? No, those who wear fine clothes are in kings' palaces.  9Then what did you go out to see?  A prophet?  Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.  10This is the one about whom it is written: " 'I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.'  11I tell you the truth: Among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you Lord Christ.


Today’s Reflection:

A reason we are using the God on the Run videos and the message for the second Sunday in Advent from the corresponding topic in the Gospel of Luke.


Luke 7:18-22:-https://youtu.be/SdpKRLTzHao


And another one to watch and take notice of


Luke 11:24-32:- https://youtu.be/PdRlFIJ3EeE


This I believe:- https://youtu.be/VRzI_FbWTkg


Prayers of Intercession


Let us follow this series of videos from Prayercast weekly, and pray for unbelievers everywhere and others to come to know Christ:-


https://prayercast.com/indo-malaysia.html


Deacon or other leader

In the silence that follows each prayer, please add your own petitions either silently or out loud.

Let us pray for the Church and for the world.

Grant, Almighty God, that all who confess your Name may be united in your truth, live together in your love, and reveal your glory in the world.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.


Guide the people of this land, and of all the nations, in the ways of justice and peace; that we may honor one another and serve the common good.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.


Give us all a reverence for the earth as your own creation, that we may use its resources rightly in the service of others and to your honor and glory.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.


Bless all whose lives are closely linked with ours, and grant that we may serve Christ in them, and love one another as he loves us.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.


Comfort and heal all those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit; give them courage and hope in their troubles, and bring them the joy of your salvation.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.


We commend to your mercy all who have died, that your will for them may be fulfilled; and we pray that we may share with all your saints in your eternal kingdom.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.


Amen.


Praying for church leaders:


O God,

You will build your church.

Forgive me when I don’t play my part.

Forgive me when I stop others.

Forgive us when we lack the courage to obey.

Forgive us when we get in the way of people seeing you.

O God,

You will build your church.

Give me wisdom to see the gifts you have given me for your church.

Give me discernment to see who you are calling to leadership, especially if it’s me.

Give us confidence to respond to your call and serve.

Give us courage to encourage and support your new leaders.

O God,

You will build your church.

Bless your leaders with the gifts they need.

Bless us with willing, obedient hearts.

Bless our reaching out to other churches in partnership.

Bless our community through the work of your church.

O God,

You will build your church.

Let it be so!

Amen.


THE OFFERTORY SENTENCE


Little drummer boy:- https://youtu.be/We0u_V7zJuA


Reader:          I appeal to you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present yourselves as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.  Romans 12:1


COMMUNION RITE


Reader: The Lord be with you.

All:    And Also With You


Reader:  Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us ;

All:   Therefore let us keep the feast, Not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him.


Reader:     The death that he died, he died to sin, once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. So also consider yourselves dead to sin, and alive to God in Jesus Christ our Lord.

All:   Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead.


Reader:  For as in Adam all die,

All:   so also in Christ shall all be made alive.   

           

Awaiting His coming in glory, 

let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us:-


Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.

Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory

Forever and ever.

Amen.


Once in royal David's city:- https://youtu.be/gdDeFgXXG-s


The Conclusion


All our problems:

We send to the cross of Christ.

All our difficulties:

We send to the cross of Christ.

All the devil’s works:

We send to the cross of Christ

All our hopes:

We set on the risen Christ


Forever (Give thanks to the Lord) - Robin Mark:- https://youtu.be/1BSjxpiD2DU


Reader:          Let us go forth into the world rejoicing in the power of the Spirit. 

All:                 Thanks be to God.

Service for Sunday December 8th, 2019

 

Reader:    Our help is in the name of the Lord

All:            Who has made heaven and earth

Leader:     Let us pray.  O God, by whose word all things are made holy, pour forth your blessings upon this holy season, and grant that we who celebrate it may prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ.

All:            Amen.


Leader:     May the Lord’s peace be with us all.

All:             The Lord is our faith and our life.


Reader:      May His love shine in our hearts.

All:              Our hope is in the coming of the Lord.


The second candle, also purple, represents faith. It is called the “Bethlehem Candle” as a reminder of Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem.


Reader:      Let us pray that our faith may be strengthened for the coming of the Lord.


Two purple candles are lit.


Reader:      Father in heaven, the day draws near when the birth of your Son will make radiant the night of the waiting world.  May His quiet coming fill us with true inner peace.

All:             Amen.


On Jordan's bank:- https://youtu.be/zq0f0Qo6A24

He reigns:- https://youtu.be/aKTqwBetI1I

We fall down:- https://youtu.be/2FIZUyAr9_E


Reader: Bless the Lord who forgives all our sins.

All:         His mercy endures forever. 


Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord.

Amen.


The confession and absolution


Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.


The Reader prays:


Almighty God, our heavenly Father, who in his great mercy has promised forgiveness of sins to all those who with heartfelt repentance and true faith turn to him: have mercy on us, pardon and deliver us from all our sins, confirm and strengthen us in all goodness,

and bring us to everlasting life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 


A Collect for the second Sunday in Advent


Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.


The Word of God.  One or more readings appointed for the day are read.


A reading from Isaiah 11:1-10


1A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.  2The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him - the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD - 3and he will delight in the fear of the LORD.  He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears; 4but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth.  He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked.  5Righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness the sash around his waist.  6The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them.  7The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox.  8The infant will play near the hole of the cobra, and the young child put his hand into the viper's nest.  9They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.  10In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his place of rest will be glorious.

The Word of the Lord

Thanks be to God


When morning gilds the skies:-https://youtu.be/gT7Kh88CrL4


The Psalm appointed for today is Psalm 72:1-8.  We will say the Psalm responsively by half verse.


1Endow the king with your justice, O God,

the royal son with your righteousness.

2He will judge your people in righteousness,

your afflicted ones with justice. 

3The mountains will bring prosperity to the people,

the hills the fruit of righteousness. 

4He will defend the afflicted among the people

and save the children of the needy; he will crush the oppressor. 

5He will endure as long as the sun, as long as the moon,

through all generations. 

6He will be like rain falling on a mown field,

like showers watering the earth. 

7In his days the righteous will flourish;

prosperity will abound till the moon is no more. 

8He will rule from sea to sea

and from the River to the ends of the earth. 

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now and shall be forever. Amen.


A reading from Romans 15:4-13


4For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.  5May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, 6so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  7Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.  8For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the Jews on behalf of God's truth, to confirm the promises made to the patriarchs 9so that the Gentiles may glorify God for his mercy, as it is written: "Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles; I will sing hymns to your name."  10Again, it says, "Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people."  11And again, "Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles, and sing praises to him, all you peoples." 12And again, Isaiah says, "The Root of Jesse will spring up, one who will arise to rule over the nations; the Gentiles will hope in him."  13May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

The Word of the Lord

Thanks be to God


I hear a sound:- https://youtu.be/FNiBpo0urrA


A reading from Matthew 3:1-12


1In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the Desert of Judea 2and saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near." 3This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: "A voice of one calling in the desert, 'Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.' "  4John's clothes were made of camel's hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist.  His food was locusts and wild honey. 5People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordan.  6Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.  7But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: "You brood of vipers!  Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?  8Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.  9And do not think you can say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham.  10The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.  11"I baptize you with water for repentance.  But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry.  He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.  12His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire."

The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you Lord Christ.


Today’s Reflection:

A reason we are using the God on the Run videos and the message for the second Sunday in Advent from the corresponding topic in the Gospel of Luke.

Luke 2:41-52:- https://youtu.be/KdXa6usBkLU

Luke 3:7-8:-https://youtu.be/Y_JLGmOtnCI


This I believe:- https://youtu.be/VRzI_FbWTkg


Prayers of Intercession


Let us follow this series of videos from Prayercast weekly, and pray for unbelievers everywhere and others to come to know Christ:-


https://prayercast.com/western-south-asia.html


Deacon or other leader

In the silence that follows each prayer, please add your own petitions either silently or out loud.

Let us pray for the Church and for the world.

Grant, Almighty God, that all who confess your Name may be united in your truth, live together in your love, and reveal your glory in the world.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

Guide the people of this land, and of all the nations, in the ways of justice and peace; that we may honor one another and serve the common good.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

Give us all a reverence for the earth as your own creation, that we may use its resources rightly in the service of others and to your honor and glory.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

Bless all whose lives are closely linked with ours, and grant that we may serve Christ in them, and love one another as he loves us.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

Comfort and heal all those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit; give them courage and hope in their troubles, and bring them the joy of your salvation.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

We commend to your mercy all who have died, that your will for them may be fulfilled; and we pray that we may share with all your saints in your eternal kingdom.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

Amen.

Praying for church leaders:

O God,

You will build your church.

Forgive me when I don’t play my part.

Forgive me when I stop others.

Forgive us when we lack the courage to obey.

Forgive us when we get in the way of people seeing you.

O God,

You will build your church.

Give me wisdom to see the gifts you have given me for your church.

Give me discernment to see who you are calling to leadership, especially if it’s me.

Give us confidence to respond to your call and serve.

Give us courage to encourage and support your new leaders.

O God,

You will build your church.

Bless your leaders with the gifts they need.

Bless us with willing, obedient hearts.

Bless our reaching out to other churches in partnership.

Bless our community through the work of your church.

O God,

You will build your church.

Let it be so!

Amen.


THE OFFERTORY SENTENCE


African acapella worship:- https://youtu.be/We0u_V7zJuA


Reader:          I appeal to you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present yourselves as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.  Romans 12:1


COMMUNION RITE


Reader: The Lord be with you.

All:    And Also With You


Reader:  Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us ;

All:   Therefore let us keep the feast, Not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him.


Reader:     The death that he died, he died to sin, once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. So also consider yourselves dead to sin, and alive to God in Jesus Christ our Lord.

All:   Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead.


Reader:  For as in Adam all die,

All:   so also in Christ shall all be made alive.


Awaiting His coming in glory, 

let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us:-


Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.

Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory

Forever and ever.

Amen.


Let us break bread together:- https://youtu.be/Egk-pX_1nHg


The Conclusion


All our problems:

We send to the cross of Christ.

All our difficulties:

We send to the cross of Christ.

All the devil’s works:

We send to the cross of Christ

All our hopes:

We set on the risen Christ


Everlasting God:- https://youtu.be/nuudVoMyZyE


Reader:          Let us go forth into the world rejoicing in the power of the Spirit. 

All:                 Thanks be to God.

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Service for Sunday December 1st, 2019

Service for Advent 1

 

What is Advent?

Advent is the first season of the Church year. It lasts for four weeks leading up to Christmas Day on December 25:


Why is it called “Advent”?


“Advent” comes from the Latin adventus, meaning “coming or arrival.”


Used by the Church, the word refers to:

1.  The “arrival” of Jesus Christ when he was born on the original Christmas Day

2.  The upcoming “arrival” of Jesus Christ when, as Christians believe, he will return to judge the living and the dead.


So, the season of Advent is a season of preparation and waiting:

1.  first for Christ’s second coming to judge the living and the dead (2 Pet 3:11-14; 1 John 3:2-3), but also

2.  to celebrate Christ’s first arrival at Christmas.


Just as the Israelites awaited a Messiah to fulfill God’s promises from Genesis 3:15 to Jeremiah 31:31-34 and beyond, so Christians await the return of Jesus the Messiah to make all things new (Revelation 21).


The Advent wreath and candles


The candles also have their own special significance. The four candles represent the four weeks of Advent, and one candle is lit each Sunday. Three of the candles are purple because the color violet is a liturgical color that signifies a time of prayer, penance, and sacrifice.

Reader:    Our help is in the name of the Lord

All:            Who has made heaven and earth


Leader:     Let us pray.  O God, by whose word all things are made holy, pour forth your blessings upon this holy season, and grant that we who celebrate it may prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ.

All:            Amen.


Leader:     The Lord is our faith and our life.

All:             May the Lord’s peace be with us all.


Reader:      And may His love shine in our hearts.

All:              Our hope is in the coming of the Lord.


The first candle, which is purple, symbolizes hope. It is sometimes called the “Prophecy Candle” in remembrance of the prophets, especially Isaiah, who foretold the birth of Christ. It represents the expectation felt in anticipation of the coming Messiah.


Reader:      Let us pray that our faith may be strengthened for the coming of the Lord.


One candle is lit.


Reader:      Father in heaven, our hearts desire the warmth of Your love, and our minds are searching for the light of Your Word.  Increase our longing for Christ our Saviour and give us the strength to grow in our faith so that the day of His coming may fins us prepared and filled with joy.


Come thou long expected Jesus:- https://youtu.be/GspGM7Pfizo

God of Wonders:- https://youtu.be/DlU89VB6Tm4

Lo He comes with clouds descending:- https://youtu.be/en0sv1jeDws


Reader: Bless the Lord who forgives all our sins.

All:         His mercy endures forever. 


Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord.

Amen.


The confession and absolution


Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.


The Reader prays:

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, who in his great mercy has promised forgiveness of sins to all those who with heartfelt repentance and true faith turn to him: have mercy on us, pardon and deliver us from all our sins, confirm and strengthen us in all goodness, and bring us to everlasting life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 


A Collect for Advent 1


Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.


The Word of God.  One or more readings appointed for the day are read.


A reading from Isaiah 2:1-5


1This is what Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem: 2In the last days the mountain of the LORD's temple will be established as chief among the mountains; it will be raised above the hills, and all nations will stream to it.  3Many peoples will come and say, "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob.  He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths."  The law will go out from Zion, the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.  4He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples.  They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks.  Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.  5Come, O house of Jacob, let us walk in the light of the LORD.

The Word of the Lord

Thanks be to God


Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:-https://youtu.be/9D4GkVkMNkk


The Psalm appointed for today is Psalm 122.  We will say the Psalm responsively by half verse.


1I rejoiced with those who said to me,

"Let us go to the house of the LORD."

2Our feet are standing

in your gates, O Jerusalem. 

3Jerusalem is built like a city

that is closely compacted together. 

4That is where the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD,

to praise the name of the LORD according to the statute given to Israel.

5There the thrones for judgment stand,

the thrones of the house of David. 

6Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:

"May those who love you be secure. 

7May there be peace within your walls

and security within your citadels." 

8For the sake of my brothers and friends,

I will say, "Peace be within you." 

9For the sake of the house of the LORD our God,

I will seek your prosperity.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now and shall be forever. Amen.


A reading from Romans 13:8-14


8Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law.  9The commandments, "Do not commit adultery," "Do not murder," "Do not steal," "Do not covet," and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this one rule: "Love your neighbor as yourself."  10Love does no harm to its neighbor.  Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.  11And do this, understanding the present time.  The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. 12The night is nearly over; the day is almost here.  So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.  13Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy.  14Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.

The Word of the Lord

Thanks be to God


I hear a sound:- https://youtu.be/FNiBpo0urrA


A reading from Matthew 24:37-44

37As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.  38For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away.  That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.  40Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.   42"Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 44So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.

The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you Lord Christ.


Today’s Reflection:

Message for Advent 1 from the corresponding topic in the Gospel of Luke:-https://youtu.be/YuWdt0vBqWg

This I believe:- https://youtu.be/VRzI_FbWTkg


Prayers of Intercession


Let us follow this series of videos from Prayercast weekly, and pray for unbelievers everywhere and others to come to know Christ:-

https://prayercast.com/persian-world.html

Deacon or other leader

In the silence that follows each prayer, please add your own petitions either silently or out loud.

Let us pray for the Church and for the world.

Grant, Almighty God, that all who confess your Name may be united in your truth, live together in your love, and reveal your glory in the world.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

Guide the people of this land, and of all the nations, in the ways of justice and peace; that we may honor one another and serve the common good.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

Give us all a reverence for the earth as your own creation, that we may use its resources rightly in the service of others and to your honor and glory.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

Bless all whose lives are closely linked with ours, and grant that we may serve Christ in them, and love one another as he loves us.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

Comfort and heal all those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit; give them courage and hope in their troubles, and bring them the joy of your salvation.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

We commend to your mercy all who have died, that your will for them may be fulfilled; and we pray that we may share with all your saints in your eternal kingdom.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

Amen.

Praying for church leaders:

O God,

You will build your church.

Forgive me when I don’t play my part.

Forgive me when I stop others.

Forgive us when we lack the courage to obey.

Forgive us when we get in the way of people seeing you.

O God,

You will build your church.

Give me wisdom to see the gifts you have given me for your church.

Give me discernment to see who you are calling to leadership, especially if it’s me.

Give us confidence to respond to your call and serve.

Give us courage to encourage and support your new leaders.

O God,

You will build your church.

Bless your leaders with the gifts they need.

Bless us with willing, obedient hearts.

Bless our reaching out to other churches in partnership.

Bless our community through the work of your church.

O God,

You will build your church.

Let it be so!

Amen.


THE OFFERTORY SENTENCE


African acapella worship:- https://youtu.be/We0u_V7zJuA


The Reader:

I appeal to you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present yourselves as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.  Romans 12:1


COMMUNION RITE

Reader: The Lord be with you.

All:    And Also With You


Reader:  Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us ;

All:   Therefore let us keep the feast, Not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him.


Reader:     The death that he died, he died to sin, once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. So also consider yourselves dead to sin, and alive to God in Jesus Christ our Lord.

All:   Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead.


Reader:  For as in Adam all die,

All:   so also in Christ shall all be made alive.              


Uniting our prayers with the whole company of heaven,

let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us:-


Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.

Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory

Forever and ever.

Amen.


Jesus Messiah:- https://youtu.be/FwJzTV1uurU


The Conclusion


All our problems:

We send to the cross of Christ.

All our difficulties:

We send to the cross of Christ.

All the devil’s works:

We send to the cross of Christ

All our hopes:

We set on the risen Christ


Holy is the Lord:- https://youtu.be/FIwMYktdBg8


Reader:

Let us go forth into the world rejoicing in the power of the Spirit. 

All:

Thanks be to God.

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Service for Sunday November 24th, 2019

 

A mighty fortress is our God:- https://youtu.be/8XUYZoguhEQ

Blessed be your name:- https://youtu.be/PnWKehsOXu8

God of Wonders:- https://youtu.be/DlU89VB6Tm4


Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord.

Amen.


The confession and absolution


Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.


The Reader prays:


Almighty God, our heavenly Father, who in his great mercy has promised forgiveness of sins to all those who with heartfelt repentance and true faith turn to him: have mercy on us, pardon and deliver us from all our sins, confirm and strengthen us in all goodness,

and bring us to everlasting life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 


A Collect for Proper 29

Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in your well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under his most gracious rule; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.


The Word of God.  One or more readings appointed for the day are read.


A reading from Jeremiah 23:1-6


1"Woe to the shepherds who are destroying and scattering the sheep of my pasture!" declares the LORD.  2Therefore this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says to the shepherds who tend my people: "Because you have scattered my flock and driven them away and have not bestowed care on them, I will bestow punishment on you for the evil you have done," declares the LORD.  3"I myself will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the countries where I have driven them and will bring them back to their pasture, where they will be fruitful and increase in number.  4I will place shepherds over them who will tend them, and they will no longer be afraid or terrified, nor will any be missing," declares the LORD.  5"The days are coming," declares the LORD, "when I will raise up to David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land.  6In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety.  This is the name by which he will be called:  The LORD Our Righteousness.

The Word of the Lord

Thanks be to God


Be still and know:-https://youtu.be/BgaHaioAjyg


The Psalm appointed for today is Psalm 46.  We will say the Psalm responsively by half verse.


1God is our refuge and strength,

an ever-present help in trouble.

2Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way

and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,

3though its waters roar and foam

and the mountains quake with their surging. 

4There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,

the holy place where the Most High dwells. 

5God is within her, she will not fall;

God will help her at break of day.

6Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;

he lifts his voice, the earth melts. 

7The LORD Almighty is with us;

the God of Jacob is our fortress.

8Come and see the works of the LORD,

the desolations he has brought on the earth. 

9He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth;

he breaks the bow and shatters the spear, he burns the shields with fire. 

10"Be still, and know that I am God;

I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." 

11The LORD Almighty is with us;

the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now and shall be forever. Amen.


A reading from Colossians 1:11-20


11being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully 12giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.  13For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.  15He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.  16For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.  17He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.  18And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.  19For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

The Word of the Lord

Thanks be to God


Majesty:- https://youtu.be/OaRwD2Y7C0s


A reading from Luke 23:35-43


35The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, "He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Christ of God, the Chosen One."  36The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar 37and said, "If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself."  38There was a written notice above him, which read: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.  39One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: " Aren't you the Christ? Save yourself and us!"  40But the other criminal rebuked him. "Don't you fear God," he said, "since you are under the same sentence?  41We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve.  But this man has done nothing wrong."  42Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom."  43Jesus answered him, "I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise."

The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you Lord Christ.


Today’s Reflection:

Message for Proper 29 from the Gospel of Luke:-https://youtu.be/flDS9_z6T4I

This I believe:- https://youtu.be/VRzI_FbWTkg

Prayers of Intercession

Let us follow this series of videos from Prayercast weekly, and pray for unbelievers everywhere and others to come to know Christ:-

https://prayercast.com/arabian-peninsula.html

Holy Lord God Almighty, 

For the greed that leaves millions without food and shelter, while others bask in comparative wealth and luxury, 

forgive us.   

For the warfare that is so motivated by the lust for power, and the fear and grief that are inflicted on orphans and widows, 

forgive us.

For the children that lack medical supplies to cure the most basic of illnesses,

forgive us, Lord.

Lord Jesus, have mercy on us, and forgive the part the nations play in the world’s pain and injustice.

For the increasing number of broken marriages, 

forgive us.

For the millions of aborted babies each year, 

forgive us.

For the negligence of our society to care for the weak, poor and elderly, 

forgive us, Lord.

Lord Jesus, forgive the nations. May your Church prove to be the antidote to loneliness, fear and the breakdown of family life.

For making idols of money, sex and power, 

forgive us.

For placing comfort ahead of community and pleasure ahead of people, 

forgive us.

For the times when our own selfishness leads us to settle for less than the best you have planned for us, 

forgive us, Lord. 

Lord Jesus, we are sorry for every occasion we have pursued hollow and temporary pleasures ahead of the rich joy of relationship with you. 

May the wanderings of your people that we read about in your Word soberly remind us that sin ultimately leads to death, and that life in all its fullness is found only in You.

Please add your own petitions either silently or out loud.

Amen.

Praying for church leaders:

O God,

You will build your church.

Forgive me when I don’t play my part.

Forgive me when I stop others.

Forgive us when we lack the courage to obey.

Forgive us when we get in the way of people seeing you.

O God,

You will build your church.

Give me wisdom to see the gifts you have given me for your church.

Give me discernment to see who you are calling to leadership, especially if it’s me.

Give us confidence to respond to your call and serve.

Give us courage to encourage and support your new leaders.

O God,

You will build your church.

Bless your leaders with the gifts they need.

Bless us with willing, obedient hearts.

Bless our reaching out to other churches in partnership.

Bless our community through the work of your church.

O God,

You will build your church.

Let it be so!

Amen.


THE OFFERTORY SENTENCE


African acapella worship:- https://youtu.be/We0u_V7zJuA

Doxology:- https://youtu.be/GBBnOJpclMQ


The Reader:

I appeal to you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present yourselves as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.  Romans 12:1


COMMUNION RITE


Reader: The Lord be with you.

All:    And Also With You


Reader:  Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us ;

All:   Therefore let us keep the feast, Not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him.


Reader:     The death that he died, he died to sin, once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. So also consider yourselves dead to sin, and alive to God in Jesus Christ our Lord.

All:   Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead.

Reader:  For as in Adam all die,

All:   so also in Christ shall all be made alive.      

        

Uniting our prayers with the whole company of heaven,

let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us:-


Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.

Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory

Forever and ever.

Amen.


You are my King:- https://youtu.be/XHuyxdVshQY


The Conclusion


All our problems:

We send to the cross of Christ.

All our difficulties:

We send to the cross of Christ.

All the devil’s works:

We send to the cross of Christ

All our hopes:

We set on the risen Christ


Everlasting God:- https://youtu.be/nuudVoMyZyE


Reader:

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Let us go forth in the name of Christ.

All:

Thanks be to God Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

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