Online Worship Fourth Sunday in Advent


The Benefice of Ampleforth with Oswaldkirk, Gilling East and Stonegrave


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   The angel Gabriel from heaven came
sung by St Martin’s Voices


1       The Angel Gabriel from heaven came,
         his wings as drifted snow, his eyes as flame;
         ‘All hail’, said he, ‘thou lowly maiden Mary,
         most highly favoured lady.’

2       ‘For known a blessèd mother thou shalt be,
         all generations laud and honour thee,
         thy son shall be Immanuel, by seers foretold;
         most highly favoured lady.’

3       Then gentle Mary meekly bowed her head,
         ‘To me be as it pleaseth God’, she said,
         ‘My soul shall laud and magnify his holy name’:
         most highly favoured lady.

4       Of her, Immanuel, the Christ was born
         in Bethlehem, all on a Christmas morn,
         and Christian folk throughout the world will ever say,
         ‘Most highly favoured lady.’

Birjina gastettobat zegoen
Basque Carol, Charles Bordes (Collector) (1863-1909), Sabine Baring-Gould (1834-1924)

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.

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.

The Word of God 





Romans 16. 25-27

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    Let all the world in every corner sing
sung by the Choral Scholars of St Martin-in-the-Fields

1       Let all the world in every corner sing:
         My God and King!
         The heavens are not too high,
         his praise may thither fly;
         the earth is not too low,
         his praises there may grow.
         Let all the world in every corner sing:
         My God and King!

2       Let all the world in every corner sing:
         My God and King!
         The church with psalms must shout,
         no door can keep them out;
         but above all, the heart
         must bear the longest part.
         Let all the world in every corner sing:
         My God and King!

George Herbert (1593-1633)


Luke 1.26-38

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 Heather Black

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.








Benefice Prayer

HYMN  People, look east
sung by St Martin’s Voices

People, look east. The time is near 
of the crowning of the year.
Make your house fair as you are able,
trim the hearth and set the table.
People, look east and sing today:
Love, the guest, is on the way.

Furrows, be glad. Though the earth is bare,
one more seed is planted there:
give up your strength the seed to nourish,
that in course the flower may flourish.
People, look east and sing today:
Love, the rose, is on the way.

Birds, though you long have ceased to build,
guard the nest that must be filled.
Even the hour when wings are frozen
he for fledging time has chosen.
People, look east and sing today:
Love, the bird, is on the way.

Stars, keep the watch. When night is dim
one more light the bowl shall brim,
shining beyond the frosty weather,
bright as sun and moon together.
People, look east and sing today:
Love, the star, is on the way.

Angels, announce to man and beast
him who cometh from the East.
Set every peak and valley humming
with the word, the Lord is coming.
People, look east and sing today:
Love, the Lord, is on the way.

 Eleanor Farjeon (1881-1965)

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

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

 Liturgical material reproduced here is copyright: Common Worship 2000 (Main Volume) and CW Daily Prayer;

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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