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11:00 Second Sunday of Advent All Age Service at St James Church

Sunday 5th December, 2021

 

 

 

Presiding
Rev Heather Atkinson
Mike Collins
Preaching
Rev Heather Atkinson
Intercessions
Lynn Lloyd
Readings
Luke 3:1-6 - read by Rev Heather Atkinson
Hymns
Make Way, Make Wayview chords/lyrics
Long Ago, Prophets Knewview lyrics
From The Squalor Of A Borrowed Stableview lyrics
The Kingdom Of God Is Justice And Joyview lyrics

 

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Hymn: Make Way, Make Way

Make Way, Make Way

Words & Music: Graham Kendrick (b 1950)

Make way, make way for Christ the King
In splendour arrives,
Fling wide the gates and welcome Him
Into your lives.
Make way, (make way),
Make way, (make way),
For the King of kings, (for the King of kings).
Make way, (make way),
Make way, (make way),
And let His kingdom in.
He comes the broken hearts to heal
The prisoners to free,
The deaf shall hear, the lame shall dance,
The blind shall see.
Make way, (make way),
Make way, (make way),
For the King of kings, (for the King of kings).
Make way, (make way),
Make way, (make way),
And let His kingdom in.
And those who mourn with heavy hearts,
Who weep and sigh;
With laughter, joy and royal crown
He'll beautify.
Make way, (make way),
Make way, (make way),
For the King of kings, (for the King of kings).
Make way, (make way),
Make way, (make way),
And let His kingdom in.
We call you now to worship Him
As Lord of all;
To have no gods before Him
Their thrones must fall!
Make way, (make way),
Make way, (make way),
For the King of kings, (for the King of kings).
Make way, (make way),
Make way, (make way),
And let His kingdom in.

 

 

Reading: Luke 3:1-6

Luke 3:1-6

read by Heather Atkinson

In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar—when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, Herod tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of Iturea and Traconitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene—
during the high-priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness.
He went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet: "A voice of one calling in the wilderness, 'Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.
Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill made low. The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth.
And all people will see God's salvation.'"

 

 

Hymn: Long Ago, Prophets Knew
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Long Ago, Prophets Knew

Words: F Pratt Green (1903-2000)
Music: from Piae Cantiones, 1582

Long ago, prophets knew
Christ would come, born a Jew,
Come to make all things new;
Bear his people's burden,
Freely love and pardon.
Ring, bells, ring, ring, ring!
Sing, choirs, sing, sing, sing!
When he comes,
When he comes,
Who will make him welcome?
God in time, God in man,
This is God's timeless plan:
He will come, as a man,
Born himself of woman,
Ring, bells, ring, ring, ring!
Sing, choirs, sing, sing, sing!
When he comes,
When he comes,
Who will make him welcome?
Mary hail! Though afraid,
She believed, she obeyed.
In her womb, God is laid:
Till the time expected,
Nurtured and protected,
Ring, bells, ring, ring, ring!
Sing, choirs, sing, sing, sing!
When he comes,
When he comes,
Who will make him welcome?
Journey ends! Where afar
Bethlehem shines, like a star,
Stable door stands ajar.
Unborn Son of Mary,
Savior, do not tarry!
Ring, bells, ring, ring, ring!
Sing, choirs, sing, sing, sing!
Jesus comes!
Jesus comes!
We will make him welcome!

 

 

Hymn: From The Squalor Of A Borrowed Stable

From The Squalor Of A Borrowed Stable

Words & Music: Stuart Townend (b 1963)

From the squalor of a borrowed stable,
By the Spirit and a virgin's faith;
To the anguish and the shame of scandal
Came the Saviour of the human race.
But the skies were filled with the praise of heaven,
Shepherds listen as the angels tell
Of the Gift of God come down to man
At the dawning of Immanuel.
King of heaven now the Friend of sinners,
Humble servant in the Father's hands,
Filled with power and the Holy Spirit,
Filled with mercy for the broken man.
Yes, He walked my road and He felt my pain,
Joys and sorrows that I know so well;
Yet His righteous steps give me hope again
I will follow my Immanuel.
Through the kisses of a friend's betrayal,
He was lifted on a cruel cross;
He was punished for a world's transgressions,
He was suffering to save the lost.
He fights for breath, He fights for me,
Loosing sinners from the claims of hell;
And with a shout our souls are free
Death defeated by Immanuel.
Now He's standing in the place of honour,
Crowned with glory on the highest throne,
Interceding for His own beloved
Till His Father calls to bring them home!
Then the skies will part as the trumpet sounds
Hope of heaven or the fear of hell;
But the Bride will run to her Lover's arms,
Giving glory to Immanuel!

 

 

Hymn: The Kingdom Of God Is Justice And Joy

The Kingdom Of God Is Justice And Joy

Words: Bryn Rees (1911-83)
Music: Alan Gray (1855-1935)

The kingdom of God is justice and joy;
For Jesus restores what sin would destroy.
God's power and glory in Jesus we know;
And here and hereafter the kingdom shall grow.
The kingdom of God is mercy and grace;
The captives are freed, the sinners find place,
The outcast are welcomed God's banquet to share;
And hope is awakened in place of despair.
The kingdom of God is challenge and choice:
Believe the good news, repent and rejoice!
God's love for us sinners brought Christ to his cross:
Our crisis of judgement for gain or for loss.
God's kingdom is come, the gift and the goal;
In Jesus begun, in heaven made whole.
The heirs of the kingdom shall answer his call;
And all things cry "Glory!" to God all in all.

 

 

 

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