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Welcome to the 9:30 Church At Home

Advent

Although we can’t be together this Sunday as one big family, we’re still connected by God’s love for us and our love for him and each other! Below is a suggested structure for you to spend time worshipping God and receiving from him today. Please don’t feel like you have to stick to 9:30am on a Sunday – find a time that will work for you and your family without other distractions.

An introduction

The season of Advent marks the start of the Christian year. It is a season of expectation and preparation as the Church looks forward to celebrating the birth of Christ.

Although it is a season of preparation, the characteristic note of Advent is expectation rather than penitence.

Commercial pressure has made it harder to keep a sense of alert watchfulness in our anticipation of Christmas but, for many Christians, our preparation for the coming of Christ is a powerful reminder of the real meaning of the coming season.

Suggestion: If you are worshiping on your own, please read the normal black print in your mind, then read aloud the bold black print.

If you are with someone else why not take turns in ‘leading’ saying the normal black print, then saying together the bold print

The people walking in darkness have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.
Isaiah 9:2

Greeting

The Lord our God, the Almighty reigns

Let us rejoice and shout for joy,
Giving God the 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 for ever.

Amen

First Hymn

Away In A Manger

Prayers of Penitence

Heavenly Father,
You have created a universe of light:
Forgive us when we return to darkness.
Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus,
You are the light of the world:
Cleanse and heal our blinded sight.
Christ, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Holy Spirit,
You give us light in our hearts:
Renew us in faith and love.
Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

Absolution

May almighty God,
Who sent his Son into the world to save sinners,
bring you his pardon and peace, now and forever.

Amen.

First Reading

God’s promise to David

‘Now then, tell my servant David, “This is what the Lord Almighty says: I took you from the pasture, from tending the flock, and appointed you ruler over my people Israel. I have been with you wherever you have gone, and I have cut off all your enemies from before you. Now I will make your name great, like the names of the greatest men on earth. 10 And I will provide a place for my people Israel and will plant them so that they can have a home of their own and no longer be disturbed. Wicked people shall not oppress them any more, as they did at the beginning 11 and have done ever since the time I appointed leaders over my people Israel. I will also give you rest from all your enemies.

‘“The Lord declares to you that the Lord himself will establish a house for you:

 

16 Your house and your kingdom shall endure for ever before me; your throne shall be established for ever.”’

2 Samuel 7:8-11, 16 (NIVUK)

This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Second Reading

Mary’s song

46 And Mary said:

‘My soul glorifies the Lord
47     and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,
48 for he has been mindful
of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
49     for the Mighty One has done great things for me –
holy is his name.
50 His mercy extends to those who fear him,
from generation to generation.
51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones
but has lifted up the humble.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things
but has sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
remembering to be merciful
55 to Abraham and his descendants for ever,
just as he promised our ancestors.’

Luke 1:46-55 (NIVUK)

This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Teaching

Reflection

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Suggestion: For the discussion parts of this, you could do this by setting up a WhatsApp video call/ Skype/ phone call, or by chatting it through with any members of your family who are with you in your home.

  1. What most struck you from today’s teaching?
  2. What questions do you still have?
  3. What’s one thing (big or small) that you think God might be saying to you?
  4. Who could you tell this to so they can pray and discuss it with you?
  5. What do you think you could do about what God is saying?

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.

Collect For The Day

Eternal God,
as Mary waited for the birth of your Son,
so we wait for his coming in glory;
bring us through the birth pangs of this present age
to see, with her, our great salvation
in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Prayers

God of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob, you are God of the whole universe and we can call you ‘Father’.

You have revealed their hope of the Messiah to us in Jesus Christ: Son of God, son of David and son of Mary.

Help us to prepare ourselves to celebrate his birth and to follow him faithfully every day of our lives until we reach our home in heaven. We ask this through Jesus Christ, the hope for the world.
Amen

God our Father, you spoke through the prophets to foretell the birth of the Prince of Peace and spread the news of the coming of his kingdom.

Help us, as we prepare to celebrate his birth, to share with all who we meet the good news of your love and power.

We ask this through Jesus Christ, the light for the world.
Amen

God our Father, your servants Zechariah and Elizabeth rejoiced at the birth of their son, John. He prepared people for the way of the Lord and baptised them in the river Jordan to wash away their sins.

Help us, who have been baptised in Christ, to welcome him joyfully into our hearts and to grow strong in faith. We ask this through Jesus Christ, who brought joy to the world.
Amen

God our father, the angel Gabriel told your servant Mary that she was to be the mother of your Son. Though she was afraid, she responded ‘Yes’ to your call.

Help us, who you have called to be your disciples, to recognise your voice, trust you and willingly respond, ‘Yes’ to your will for us. We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Saviour and the Prince of Peace.
Amen

The Lord's Prayer

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 forever.
Amen

Second Hymn

O Holy Night

Blessing and Sending out

Christ the Son of Righteousness shine upon us, Scatter the darkness from before our path, And make us ready to meet him When he comes in glory.
Amen

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ,
Amen