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09:30 Third Sunday of Advent Morning Prayer with Nativity Service at Emmanuel Church

Sunday 12th December, 2021

 

 

 

Presiding
Rev Heather Atkinson
Intercessions
Ron Jones
Readings
Luke 3:7-18 - read by Sue Worgan
Hymns
Hills Of The North, Rejoiceview lyrics
Christmas Is Comingview lyrics
The Angel Gabriel From Heaven Cameview lyrics
Once In Royal David's Cityview lyrics
While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Nightview lyrics
We Three Kings Of Orient Areview lyrics
Hark, The Glad Sound! The Saviour Comesview lyrics
I Cannot Tell Why He, Whom Angels Worshipview chords/lyrics

 

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SlideSet: Images: Welcome to Emmanuel
Welcome to Emmanuel

 

 

Liturgy: The Greeting
Grace, mercy and peace
from God our Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ
be with you
and also with you.

 

 

Hymn: Hills Of The North, Rejoice
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Hills Of The North, Rejoice

Words: Charles E Oakley (1832-65)
Music: John Darwall (1731-38)

Hills of the north, rejoice;
River and mountain spring,
Hark to the advent voice;
Valley and lowland, sing;
Though absent long, your Lord is nigh;
He judgement brings and victory.
Isles of the southern seas,
Deep in your coral caves
Pent be each warring breeze,
Lulled be your restless waves:
He comes to reign with boundless sway,
And makes your wastes his great highway.
Lands of the East, awake,
Soon shall your sons be free;
The sleep of ages break,
And rise to liberty.
On your far hills, long cold and grey,
Has dawned the everlasting day.
Shores of the utmost West,
Ye that have waited long,
Unvisited, unblessed,
Break forth to swelling song;
High raise the note, that Jesus died,
Yet lives and reigns, the Crucified.
Shout, while ye journey home;
Songs be in every mouth;
Lo, from the North we come,
From East, and West, and South.
City of God, the bond are free,
We come to live and reign in thee!

 

 

Liturgy: Advent 3
Blessed are you, sovereign Lord, just and true:
to you be praise and glory for ever.
Your prophet John the Baptist was witness to the truth
as a burning and shining light.
May we your servants rejoice in his light,
and so be led to witness to him
who is the Lord of our coming kingdom,
Jesus our Saviour and King of the ages.
Blessed be God for ever.

 

 

Liturgy: Advent 3 - John the Baptist
Jesus said, ‘No one more important than John the
Baptist has ever been born; yet the least in the
kingdom of heaven is greater than he.’
Amen. Come soon, Lord Jesus!
The third candle is lit and this response is used

Jesus is the light of the world.
A light no darkness can ever put out.

 

 

Hymn: Christmas Is Coming

Christmas Is Coming

Words & Music: John L Bell (b 1949)

Christmas is coming
The Church is glad to sing
And let the advent candles
Brightly burn in a ring.
The first is for God's promise
To put the wrong things right,
And bring to earth's darkness
The hope of love and light.
Christmas is coming
The Church is glad to sing
And let the advent candles
Brightly burn in a ring.
The second is for the Prophet
Who said that Christ would come.
With good news for many
And angry words for some.
Christmas is coming
The Church is glad to sing
And let the advent candles
Brightly burn in a ring.
The third is for the Baptist,
Who cried ‘Prepare the way,
Be ready for Jesus,
Both now and every day’
Christmas is coming
The Church is glad to sing
And let the advent candles
Brightly burn in a ring.
The fourth is for the virgin,
Who mothered God’s own Son,
And sang how God’s justice
Was meant for everyone.
Christmas is coming
The Church is glad to sing
And let the advent candles
Brightly burn in a ring.
At last we light the candle,
Kept new for Christmas Day,
This shines bright for Jesus,
New born, and here to stay.
Christ is among us
The candles in a ring
Remind us that our saviour
Will light up everything.

 

 

Liturgy: Gospel Reading (part 1)
Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to N.
Glory to you, O Lord.

 

 

Reading: Luke 3:7-18

Luke 3:7-18

read by Sue Worgan

John said to the crowds coming out to be baptized by him, "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?
Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham.
The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire."
"What should we do then?" the crowd asked.
John answered, "Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same."
Even tax collectors came to be baptized. "Teacher," they asked, "what should we do?"
"Don't collect any more than you are required to," he told them.
Then some soldiers asked him, "And what should we do?" He replied, "Don't extort money and don't accuse people falsely—be content with your pay."
The people were waiting expectantly and were all wondering in their hearts if John might possibly be the Messiah.
John answered them all, "I baptize you with water. But one who is more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
His winnowing fork is in his hand to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire."
And with many other words John exhorted the people and proclaimed the good news to them.

 

 

Liturgy: Readings
This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

 

 

Hymn: The Angel Gabriel From Heaven Came

The Angel Gabriel From Heaven Came

Words: S Baring-Gould (1834-1924)

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.'
Gloria!
'For known a blessèd Mother thou shalt be,
All generations laud and honour thee,
Thy son shall be Emmanuel, by seers foretold;
Most highly favoured lady.'
Gloria!
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.
Gloria!
Of her, Emmanuel, the Christ was born
In Bethlehem, all on a Christmas morn,
And Christian folk throughout the world will ever say
'Most highly favoured lady.'
Gloria!

 

 

Hymn: Once In Royal David's City

Once In Royal David's City

Words: Cecil Frances Alexander (1818-95)
Music: Henry John Gauntlett (1805-76)

Once in royal David's city
Stood a lowly cattle shed,
Where a mother laid her baby
In a manger for his bed:
Mary was that mother mild,
Jesus Christ, her little child.
He came down to earth from heaven
Who is God and Lord of all,
And his shelter was a stable,
And his cradle was a stall:
With the poor, and mean, and lowly,
Lived on earth our Saviour holy.
And through all his wondrous childhood
He would honour and obey,
Love and watch the lowly maiden
In whose gentle arms he lay:
Christian children all must be
Mild, obedient, good as he.
And our eyes at last shall see him,
Through his own redeeming love;
For that child so dear and gentle
Is our Lord in heav'n above:
And he leads his children on
To the place where he is gone.
Not in that poor lowly stable,
With the oxen standing by,
We shall see him, but in heaven,
Set at God's right hand on high;
When like stars his children crowned
All in white shall wait around.

 

 

Hymn: While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night

While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night

Words: Nahum Tate (1652-1715)
Music: Tate's Psalms, 1592

While shepherds watched their flocks by night,
All seated on the ground,
An angel of the Lord came down,
And glory shone around.
"Fear not," said he for mighty dread
Had seized their troubled mind
"glad tidings of great joy I bring
To you and all mankind."
"To you, in David's town, this day
Is born of David's line
A Saviour, who is Christ the Lord;
And this shall be the sign:"
"The heavenly babe you there shall find
To human view displayed,
All meanly wrapped in swaddling bands
And in a manger laid."
Thus spoke the angel; and forthwith
Appeared a shining throng
Of angels praising God, who thus
Addressed their joyful song:
"All glory be to God on high,
And to the earth be peace;
Goodwill henceforth from heaven to men
Begin and never cease!"

 

 

Hymn: We Three Kings Of Orient Are

We Three Kings Of Orient Are

Words: John H Hopkins (1820-91)
adapted by Greg Leavers
adapted by Peter J Horrobin (b 1943)
Music: John H Hopkins (1820-91)

We three kings of Orient are
Bearing gifts we traverse afar.
Field and fountain, moor and mountain,
Following yonder star.
O star of wonder, star of night,
Star of royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy perfect light.
Born a king on Bethlehem's plain,
Gold I bring to crown Him again,
King forever, ceasing never
Over us all to reign.
O star of wonder, star of night,
Star of royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy perfect light.
Frankincense to offer have I.
Incense owns a Deity nigh.
Prayer and praising all men raising,
Worship Him, God on high.
O star of wonder, star of night,
Star of royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy perfect light.
Myrrh is mine: It's bitter perfume
Breaths a life of gathering gloom.
Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying,
Sealed in a stone-cold tomb.
O star of wonder, star of night,
Star of royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy perfect light.
Glorious now behold Him arise,
King and God and Sacrifice.
Alleluia, alleluia!
Earth to heav'n replies.
O star of wonder, star of night,
Star of royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy perfect light.

 

 

Liturgy: Authorised Affirmation of Faith (E11)
We say together in faith
Holy, holy, holy
is the Lord God almighty,
who was, and is, and is to come.
We believe in God the Father,
who created all things:
for by his will they were created
and have their being.
We believe in God the Son,
who was slain:
for with his blood,
he purchased us for God,
from every tribe and language,
from every people and nation.
We believe in God the Holy Spirit:
the Spirit and the Bride say, 'Come!'
Even so come, Lord Jesus!
Amen.

 

 

Liturgy: Invitation to Confession
Christ the Light of the world has come to dispel the darkness of our hearts.
Let us turn to the light and confess our sins.

 

 

Liturgy: Prayers of Penitence
Most merciful God,
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
we confess that we have sinned
in thought, word and deed.
We have not loved you with our whole heart.
We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves.
In your mercy
forgive what we have been,
help us to amend what we are,
and direct what we shall be;
that we may do justly,
love mercy,
and walk humbly with you, our God.
Amen.
Almighty God,
who forgives all who truly repent,
have mercy upon you,
pardon and deliver you from all your sins,
confirm and strengthen you in all goodness,
and keep you in life eternal;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

 

 

SlideSet: Liturgy: Lent: Absolution (2)
May almighty God,
who sent his Son into the world to save sinners,
bring you his pardon and peace, now and for ever. Amen.

 

 

Liturgy: Prayers of Intercession
Lord, in your mercy
hear our prayer.
Merciful Father,
accept these prayers
for the sake of your Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Amen.

 

 

Hymn: Hark, The Glad Sound! The Saviour Comes

Hark, The Glad Sound! The Saviour Comes

Words: Philip Doddridge (1702-51)

Hark, the glad sound! The Savior comes,
The Savior promised long!
Let ev'ry heart prepare a throne,
And ev'ry voice a song.
He comes the pris'ners to release,
In Satan’s bondage held;
The gates of brass before Him burst,
The iron fetters yield.
He comes the broken heart to bind,
The bleeding soul to cure,
And with the treasures of His grace
T'enrich the humbled poor.
Our glad Hosannas, Prince of Peace,
Thy welcome shall proclaim;
And heav'n’s eternal arches ring
With Thy beloved Name.

 

 

Liturgy: Words for dedication (I3)
Lord Jesus Christ, you emptied yourself, taking the form of a servant.

Through your love, make us servants of one another.
Lord Jesus Christ, for our sake you became poor.

May our lives and gifts enrich the life of your world.

 

 

Liturgy: The Lord's Prayer
As our Saviour taught us, so we pray
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

I Cannot Tell Why He, Whom Angels Worship

Words: William Young Fullerton (1857-1932)
Music: traditional Irish melody

I cannot tell why 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 Bethl'em's manger was His only home,
And that He lived at Nazareth and labored,
And so the Savior, Savior of the world is come.
I cannot tell how silently He suffered,
As with His peace He graced this place of tears,
Or how His heart upon the Cross was broken,
The crown of pain to three and thirty years.
But this I know, He heals the brokenhearted,
And stays our sin, and calms our lurking fear,
And lifts the burden from the heavy laden,
For yet the Savior, Savior 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 shall shine in splendor
When He the Savior, Savior 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 the hearts of men with love are filled.
But this I know, the skies will thrill with rapture,
And myriad, myriad human voices sing,
And earth to heaven, and heaven to earth, will answer:
At last the Savior, Savior of the world, is King.

 

 

Liturgy: P1
Christ the Sun of Righteousness shine upon you,
scatter the darkness from before your path,
and make you ready to meet him when he comes in glory;
and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be with you and remain with you and all those you love and care for, this day and always.

 

 

Liturgy: Dismissal
The Lord is coming.
Come soon, Lord Jesus,
and scatter the darkness before you.
Let us go in peace – our hope is near.
In the name of Christ. Amen.

 

 

 

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