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11:00 Eucharist on the Third Sunday of Advent Service at St James Church

Sunday 12th December, 2021

 

 

 

Presiding
Rev Heather Atkinson
Preaching
Rev Heather Atkinson
Intercessions
Angela Adams
Readings
Luke 3:7-18 - read by John Codling
Hymns
Hark, A Thrilling Voice Is Sounding469
Thy Kingdom come, O God0
How Lovely On The Mountains (Our God Reigns)view lyrics
Hills Of The North, Rejoiceview lyrics

 

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Reading: Luke 3:7-18

Luke 3:7-18

read by John Codling

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.

 

 

Hymn: Hark, A Thrilling Voice Is Sounding

Hark, A Thrilling Voice Is Sounding

Words: Edward Caswall (1814-78)
Music: William Henry Monk (1823-89)

 

 

Hymn: How Lovely On The Mountains (Our God Reigns)

How Lovely On The Mountains (Our God Reigns)

Words & Music: Leonard E Smith (b 1942)

How lovely on the mountains are the feet of Him
Who brings good news, good news
Proclaiming peace, announcing news of happiness
Our God reigns, our God reigns
Our God reigns, our God reigns
Our God reigns, our God reigns
You watchmen lift your voices joyfully as one
Shout for your King, your King
See eye to eye the Lord restoring Zion
Your God reigns, your God reigns!
Your God reigns, your God reigns
Your God reigns, your God reigns
Waste places of Jerusalem break forth with joy
We are redeemed, redeemed
The Lord has saved and comforted His people
Your God reigns, your God reigns!
Your God reigns, your God reigns
Your God reigns, your God reigns
Ends of the earth, see the salvation of your God
Jesus is Lord, is Lord
Before the nations He has bared His holy arm
Your God reigns, your God reigns!
Your God reigns, your God reigns
Your God reigns, your God reigns

 

 

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!

 

 

 

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