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SERVICE FOR 6 DECEMBER.ADVENT 2 LED BY ANN FORD

“These are the days of Elijah” by Robin MarkElijah and Elisha


These are the days of Elijah,
Declaring the word of the Lord:
And these are the days of Your servant Moses,
Righteousness being restored.
And though these are days of great trial,
Of famine and darkness and sword,
Still, we are the voice in the desert crying
'Prepare ye the way of the Lord!'

Behold He comes riding on the clouds,
Shining like the sun at the trumpet call;
Lift your voice, it's the year of jubilee,
And out of Zion's hill salvation comes.

These are the days of Ezekiel,
The dry bones becoming as flesh;
And these are the days of Your servant David,
Rebuilding a temple of praise.
These are the days of the harvest,
The fields are as white in Your world,
And we are the labourers in Your vineyard,
Declaring the word of the Lord!

There's no God like Jehovah.
There's no God like Jehovah!

Songwriters: Francis Robert Mark


Lighting the second candle

O Lord stir up our hearts that we may prepare for Your only begotten Son, that through His coming we may be made worthy to serve You with pure minds. Through Christ our Lord. Amen

Opening prayer

Almighty God, we thank You this morning that You are indeed a God of majesty, power, and purity.

Help us to be still and know that you are God

 

We thank you that you are not remote from us.  You desire to be close to your children.  We thank you that we can know your immense love through the life and death of Your Son Jesus.

Help us to be still and know that you are God

 

We thank you that we are sanctioned to serve you on earth; that You have given us Your Spirit to guide and empower: that, with all our weaknesses, you allow us to be your voices, hands and feet.

Help us to be still and know that you are God

 

Hymn:  Dear Lord and Father of Mankind Choir of Wallingford Parish Church

 

Dear Lord and Father of mankind,
Forgive our foolish ways;
Reclothe us in our rightful mind;
In purer lives thy service find,
In deeper reverence, praise,
In deeper reverence, praise. 

In simple trust like theirs who heard,
Beside the Syrian sea,
The gracious calling of the Lord,
Let us, like them, without a word
Rise up and follow thee,
Rise up and follow thee. 

Drop thy still dews of quietness,
Till all our strivings cease;
Take from our souls the strain and stress,
And let our ordered lives confess
The beauty of thy peace,
The beauty of thy peace. 

Breathe through the heats of our desire
Thy coolness and thy balm;
Let sense be dumb, let flesh retire;
Speak through the earthquake, wind and fire,
O still small voice of calm,
O still small voice of calm.

 

Reading from Isaiah 40                          Read by Bill Butler

 

The Collect

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.

Prayer of Confession: (based on Mark 1:1-8)

 

A voice cries out in the wilderness, “Make straight the way of the Lord”.

So, let us listen, and turn to the Lord in penitence and faith

 

Almighty God, light of the world

You caused light to shine out of the darkness in the advent of Jesus Christ.

You continually open to us the ways we are to prepare.

We confess our unwillingness to see the light and walk in your ways.

We have not always opened our eyes to the need of others,

And our feet have wandered from the paths of justice and peace.

We ask that the Spirit of Christ be born anew within us.

Amen

 

The Gospel Reading: Mark 1:1-8                 Read by John Parkin

 

Reflection

 

Christ, come into our world of darkness

Light up our lives with your coming.

Fulfil all our longings with the joy of your birth.

Strengthen our resolve to work for change in our world

And to share the hope of your birth that each advent brings.  Amen

Bridgetta Rooney/CAFOD

Intercessions                                            Led by John Winn


Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
Amen.


Hymn:  I cannot tell why he whom angels’ worship (Live from Keswick)


I cannot tell how he whom angels worship
should set his love upon the sons of men,
or why as shepherd he should seek the wanderers
to bring them back they know not how or when.
But this I know, that he was born of Mary,
when Bethlehem's manger was his only home,
and that he lived at Nazareth and laboured,
and so the saviour, saviour of the world, is come.

 I cannot tell how silently he suffered,
as with his peace he graced this place of tears,
nor how his heart upon the cross was broken,
the crown of pain to three and thirty years.
But this I know, he heals the broken-hearted,
and stays our sin, and calms our lurking fear,
and lifts the burden from the heavy laden,
for yet the saviour, saviour of the world, is here.

 I cannot tell how he will win the nations,
how he will claim his earthly heritage,
how satisfy the needs and aspirations
of east and west, of sinner and of sage.
But this I know, all flesh shall see his glory,
and he shall reap the harvest he has sown,
and some glad day his sun will shine in splendour
when he the saviour, saviour of the world, is known.

 I cannot tell how all the lands shall worship,
when, at his bidding, every storm is stilled,
or who can say how great the jubilation
when all our hearts with love for him are filled.
But this I know, the skies will fill with rapture,
a million human voices sing,
and earth to heaven, and heaven to earth, will answer:
'At last the saviour, saviour of the world, is king!'

 

Closing prayer

Lord God, we remember that Jesus often withdrew from the crowds to rest in You.  In all the busyness of our daily lives help us to take time to retreat to a solitary place, to withdraw into the cell of our souls and meet You there.  May our lives be sustained through the love of our Heavenly Father. May we feel the presence of our Saviour walking beside us and know the power of the Spirit in both our actions and our words.

 

The dismissal

 

Lord Jesus, Light of the world, the prophets said you would bring peace and save your people in trouble. Give peace in our hearts this advent and show all the world God's love.

 

In the name of Christ Amen