Online Worship Advent Sunday

 

The Benefice of Ampleforth with Oswaldkirk, Gilling East and Stonegrave

Welcome

O Lord, open our lips; 
and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Reveal among us the light of your presence
that we may behold your power and glory.

Blessed are you, Sovereign God of all,
to you be praise and glory for ever.
In your tender compassion
the dawn from on high is breaking upon us
to dispel the lingering shadows of night.
As we look for your coming among us this day,
open our eyes to behold your presence
and strengthen our hands to do your will,
that the world may rejoice and give you praise.
Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Blessed be God for ever.

HYMN    Come, thou long-expected Jesus
sung by St Martin’s Voices

 

1       Come, thou long-expected Jesus,
         born to set thy people free,
         from our fears and sins release us,
         let us find our rest in thee.

2       Israel’s strength and consolation,
         hope of all the earth thou art;
         dear desire of every nation,
         joy of every longing heart.

3       Born thy people to deliver,
         born a child and yet a king,
         born to reign in us for ever,
         now thy gracious kingdom bring.

4       By thine own eternal Spirit
         rule in all our hearts alone;
         by thine all-sufficient merit
         raise us to thy glorious throne.

Charles Wesley (1707-1788)

We have come together in the name of Christ
to offer our praise and thanksgiving,
to hear and receive God’s holy word,
to pray for the needs of the world,
and to seek the forgiveness of our sins,
that by the power of the Holy Spirit
we may give ourselves to the service of God.

Jesus says, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand.’ So let us turn away from our sin and turn to Christ, confessing our sins in penitence and faith.

Lord God,
we have sinned against you;
we have done evil in your sight.
We are sorry and repent.
Have mercy on us according to your love.
Wash away our wrongdoing and cleanse us from our sin.
Renew a right spirit within us
and restore us to the joy of your salvation;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

May the Father of all mercies
cleanse us from our sins,
and restore us in his image
to the praise and glory of his name,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Jesus says, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand.’ So let us turn away from our sin and turn to Christ, confessing our sins in penitence and faith.

Lord God,
we have sinned against you;
we have done evil in your sight.
We are sorry and repent.
Have mercy on us according to your love.
Wash away our wrongdoing and cleanse us from our sin.
Renew a right spirit within us
and restore us to the joy of your salvation;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

May the Father of all mercies
cleanse us from our sins,
and restore us in his image
to the praise and glory of his name,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Blessed is the Lord,
for he has heard the voice of our prayer;
therefore shall our hearts dance for joy
and in our song will we praise our God.

Blessed are you, Lord our God,
creator and redeemer of all;
to you be glory and praise for ever.
From the waters of chaos you drew forth the world
and in your great love fashioned us in your image.
Now, through the deep waters of death,
you have brought your people to new birth
by raising your Son to life in triumph.
May Christ your light ever dawn in our hearts
as we offer you our sacrifice of thanks and praise.
Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit:
Blessed be God for ever.

The night has passed, and the day lies open before us;
let us pray with one heart and mind.

As we rejoice in the gift of this new day,
so may the light of your presence, O God,
set our hearts on fire with love for you;
now and for ever.
Amen.

The Word of God 

 

 

 

 

1 Corinthians 1.3-9

A Song of the Wilderness

Lift up your voice with strength,
O herald of good tidings.

The wilderness and the dry land shall rejoice, the desert shall blossom and burst into song.
They shall see the glory of the Lord, the majesty of our God.
Strengthen the weary hands, and make firm the feeble knees.Say to the anxious, ‘Be strong, fear not,  your God is coming with judgement, coming with judgement to save you.’
Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped;
Then shall the lame leap like a hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing for joy.
For waters shall break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert;  the ransomed of the Lord shall return with singing, with everlasting joy upon their heads.
Joy and gladness shall be theirs, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

Lift up your voice with strength,
O herald of good tidings.

HYMN    A great and mighty wonder
sung by St Martin’s Voices

 

1       A great and mighty wonder,
         a full and holy cure,
         the Virgin bears the Infant
         with virgin-honour pure.
         Repeat the hymn again!
         ‘To God on high be glory,
         and peace on earth to men!’

2       The Word becomes incarnate
         and yet remains on high.
         And Cherubim sing anthems
         to shepherds from the sky.
         Refrain

3       Since all he comes to ransom,
         by all be he adored,
         the Infant born in Bethl’em,
         the Saviour and the Lord.
         Refrain

4       And idol forms shall perish,
         and error shall decay,
         and Christ shall wield his sceptre,
         our Lord and God for ay.
         Refrain

Mega Kai paradoxon thauma Germanus (c.634-c.732)
Translated John Mason Neale (1818-1866)

Mark 13.24-37
 
 

Look towards the east, O Jerusalem,
and see the glory that is coming from God.

Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel,  
 who has come to his people and set them free
He has raised up for us a mighty Saviour, 
 
born of the house of his servant David.
Through his holy prophets God promised of old 
 
to save us from our enemies,
 
from the hands of all that hate us,
To show mercy to our ancestors,  
and to remember his holy covenant.
This was the oath God swore to our father Abraham:
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
Free to worship him without fear,
holy and righteous in his sight
all the days of our life.
And you, child, shall be called the prophet;
of the Most High,
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,
To give his people knowledge of salvation
by the forgiveness of all their sins.
In the tender compassion of our God
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
To shine on those who dwell in darkness
and the shadow of death,
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.

Look towards the east, O Jerusalem,
and see the glory that is coming from God.

Reflection from the Revd Richard White

The Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
Amen.

Prayers          

 

 

 

 

Intercessions

Collect

Benefice Prayer

HYMN  Hills of the North, rejoice
sung by St Martin’s Voices

 

 1      Hills of the North, rejoice,
         echoing songs arise,
         hail with united voice
         him who made earth and skies;
         he comes in righteousness and love,
         he brings salvation from above.

2       Isles of the Southern seas,
         sing to the listening earth,
         carry on every breeze
         hope of a world’s new birth:
         in Christ shall all be made anew,
         his word is sure, his promise true.

3       Lands of the East, arise,
         he is your brightest morn,
         greet him with joyous eyes,
         praise shall his path adorn:
         the God whom you have longed to know
         in Christ draws near, and calls you now.

4       Shores of the utmost West,
         lands of the setting sun,
         welcome the heavenly guest
         in whom the dawn has come:
         he brings a never-ending light
         who triumphed o’er our darkest night.

5       Shout, as you journey on,
         songs be in every mouth,
         lo, from the North they come,
         from East and West and South:
         in Jesus all shall find their rest,
         in him the sons of earth be blest.

Editors of Englsh Praise (1975) based on Charles E Oakley (1832-1865)
© Oxford University Press

May the Lord, when he comes,
find us watching and waiting.
Amen.

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

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This order of Morning Prayer in Ordinary Time is used if it is the main service of the day. Covid-19 period – material here adapted for online use.

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