Common Worship Holy Eucharist in Advent

Sunday 5th December (Second of Advent)

The Gathering Stand

1st Hymn – AMNS 27 On Jordan’s bank


1. On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry  ͜
announces that the Lord is nigh;
awake, and hearken, for he brings  ͜
glad tidings of the King of kings.


2. Then cleansed be every breast from sin;
make straight the way for God within;
prepare we in our hearts a home,
where such a mighty guest may come.


3. For thou art our salvation, Lord,
our refuge, and our great reward;
without thy grace we waste away,
like flowers that wither and decay.


4. To heal the sick stretch out thine hand,
and bid the fallen sinner stand;
shine forth, and let thy light restore_
earth’s own true loveliness once more.


5. All praise, eternal Son, to thee
whose advent doth thy people free,
whom with the Father we adore
and Holy Ghost for evermore.


In the name of the Father, and of the Son,

and of the Holy Spirit.


The Greeting


The Lord be with you

and also with you.

The Advent Wreath

Second Candle - The Candle of Peace


The prophets who foretold the birth of Jesus


Light and peace, in Jesus Christ our Lord 
 Thanks be to God 


Today is the Second Sunday of Advent and we will light the Candle of Peace.


Last Sunday we lit the First Candle in our Advent Wreath, and celebrated the patriarchs, this First Candle reminded us of our hope in Christ. We light it again as we remember our Saviour, born a king in the line of King David. Jesus was born in Bethlehem, and we believe that he will come again to fulfil all of God's promises to us, to rule the world wisely and bless all nations. 


(A person lights the First Candle, the Candle of Hope)


Today we light the Second Candle of Advent, the Candle of Peace. We remember the prophets who spoke of the coming of Christ, of how a Saviour would be born, a king in the line of King David. The prophet Isaiah called Christ "the Prince of Peace". They told us how he would rule the world wisely and bless all the nations.


When Jesus came he taught people the importance of being peace-makers. He said that those who make peace shall be called the children of God. When Christ comes to us he brings us peace and he will bring everlasting peace when he comes again. We light the Candle of Peace to remind us that Jesus is the Prince of Peace and that through him peace is found. 


(A person lights Second Candle, the Candle of Peace)


Peace is like a light shining in a dark place. As we look at this candle we celebrate the peace we find in Jesus Christ.


Let us pray.

We say together…

Lord Jesus, Light of the World, the prophets said you would bring peace and save your people from trouble. Give peace in our hearts at Christmastide. We ask that as we wait for you to come again, that you would remain present with us. Help us today, and every day to worship you, to hear your word, and to do your will by sharing your peace with each other. We ask it in the name of the one who was born in Bethlehem. Amen.

Prayer of Preparation Sit or kneel


Almighty God,

to whom all hearts are open,

all desires known,

and from whom no secrets are hidden:

cleanse the thoughts of our hearts

by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,

that we may perfectly love you,

and worthily magnify your holy name;

through Christ our Lord.


Prayers of Penitence


Our Lord Jesus Christ said:

The first commandment is this:

Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is the only Lord.

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
with all your soul, with all your mind,

and with all your strength.’


The second is this: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’

There is no other commandment greater than these.

On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Amen. Lord, have mercy.


When the Lord comes,

he will bring to light things now hidden in darkness,

and will disclose the purposes of the heart.

Therefore in the light of Christ let us confess our sins.


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.



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.





O Lord, raise up, we pray, your power

and come among us,

and with great might succour us;

that whereas, through our sins and wickedness

we are grievously hindered

in running the race that is set before us,

your bountiful grace and mercy

may speedily help and deliver us;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

to whom with you and the Holy Spirit,

be honour and glory, now and for ever.



FIRST READING Baruch 5:1-9


A reading from the book of the prophet Baruch.


Take off the garment of your sorrow and affliction, O Jerusalem,

and put on for ever the beauty of the glory from God. Put on

the robe of the righteousness that comes from God; put on your

head the diadem of the glory of the Everlasting; for God will

show your splendour everywhere under heaven. For God will

give you evermore the name, “Righteous Peace, Godly Glory.”

Arise, O Jerusalem, stand upon the height; look toward the

east, and see your children gathered from west and east at the

word of the Holy One, rejoicing that God has remembered them.

For they went out from you on foot, led away by their enemies;

but God will bring them back to you, carried in glory, as on a

royal throne. For God has ordered that every high mountain and

the everlasting hills be made low and the valleys filled up, to

make level ground, so that Israel may walk safely in the glory of

God. The woods and every fragrant tree have shaded Israel at

God’s command. For God will lead Israel with joy, in the light of

his glory, with the mercy and righteousness that come from him.


CANTICLE Luke 1:68-79 (Benedictus)


R Blessed be the Lord, who sets his people free.


Blessèd be the Lord, the God of Israel,

for he has come to his people and set them free.

He has raised up for us a mighty Saviour,

born of the house of his servant, David. R


Through his holy prophets he promised of old,

that he would save us from our enemies,

from the hands of all that hate us.

He promised to show mercy to our forebears

and to remember his holy covenant. R


This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham:

to set us free from the hands of our enemies,

free to worship him without fear,

holy and righteous in his sight,

all the days of our life. R


You, my child,

shall be called the prophet of the Most High,

for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,

To give his people knowledge of salvation,

by the forgiveness of their sins. R


In the tender compassion of our God,

the dawn from on high shall break upon us,

To shine on those who dwell in darkness

and the shadow of death,

and to guide our feet into the way of peace. R


SECOND READING Philippians 1:3-11


A reading from the letter of Paul to the Philippians.


My brothers and sisters, I thank my God every time I remember

you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for

all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first

day until now. I am confident of this, that the one who began a

good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of

Jesus Christ. It is right for me to think this way about all of you,

because you hold me in your heart, for all of you share in God’s

grace with me, both in my imprisonment and in the defence and

confirmation of the gospel. For God is my witness, how I long

for all of you with the compassion of Christ Jesus. And this is

my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with

knowledge and full insight to help you to determine what is best,

so that in the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless,

having produced the harvest of righteousness that comes

through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.


This is the word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

2nd Hymn – AMNS 31 Come thou long-expected Jesus


1. Come, thou long-expected Jesus,
born to set thy people free;
from our fears and sins release us;
let us find our rest in thee.


2. Israel’s strength and consolation,
hope of all the earth thou art;
dear desire of every nation,
joy of every longing heart.


3. Born thy people to deliver;
born a child and yet a king;
born to reign in us for ever;
now thy gracious kingdom bring.


4. By thy own eternal Spirit,
rule in all our hearts alone:
by thy all-sufficient merit,
raise us to thy glorious throne.


GOSPEL Luke 3.1-6


Alleluia, alleluia

Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight,

and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.



Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke

Glory to you, O Lord.


In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when

Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler

of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea

and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler 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

region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance

for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the

words of the prophet Isaiah, “The voice of one crying out in

the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths

straight. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and

hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight,

and the rough ways made smooth; and all flesh shall see the

salvation of God.’”


This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.

Sermon Sit

The Creed Stand


We believe in one God,

the Father, the Almighty,

maker of heaven and earth,

of all that is, seen and unseen.


We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,

the only Son of God,

eternally begotten of the Father,

God from God, Light from Light,

true God from true God,

begotten, not made,

of one Being with the Father;

through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven,

was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary

and was made man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;

he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again

in accordance with the Scriptures;

he ascended into heaven

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,

and his kingdom will have no end.


We believe in the Holy Spirit,

the Lord, the giver of life,

who proceeds from the Father and the Son,

who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified,

who has spoken through the prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.

We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead,

and the life of the world to come.


Prayers of Intercession Sit or kneel


This response is used after each paragraph


Lord, as we await your coming

hear our prayer.


At the end


Merciful Father,

accept these prayers
for the sake of your Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ.


The Liturgy of the Sacrament

The Peace Stand


In the tender mercy of our God, the dayspring from on high shall break upon us, to give light to those who dwell in darkness and in the shadow of death
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.


The peace of the Lord be always with you

and also with you.


Let us offer one another a sign of peace.

Preparation of the Table
Taking of the Bread and Wine

3rd Hymn – AMNS 24 Hark, a thrilling voice is sounding


1. Hark, a thrilling voice is sounding;
‘Christ is nigh,’ it seems to say;
‘cast away the dreams of darkness,
O ye children of the day.’


2. Wakened by the solemn warning,
let the earth-bound soul arise;
Christ, her Sun, all ill dispelling,
shines upon the morning skies.


3. Lo, the Lamb, so long expected,
comes with pardon down from heaven;
let us haste, with tears of sorrow,
one and all to be forgiven;


4. that when next he comes with glory,
and the world is wrapped in fear,
with his mercy he may shield us,
and with words of love draw near.


5. Honour, glory, might, and blessing
to the Father and the Son,
with the everlasting Spirit,
while eternal ages run.


Yours, Lord, is the greatness, the power,

the glory, the splendour, and the majesty;

for everything in heaven and on earth is yours.

All things come from you,

and of your own do we give you.

The Eucharistic Prayer Remain standing


The Lord is here.

His Spirit is with us.


Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.


Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give thanks and praise.


It is indeed right and good to give you thanks and praise,
almighty God and everlasting Father,

through Jesus Christ your Son.

For when he humbled himself to come among us in human flesh,

he fulfilled the plan you formed before the foundation of the world

to open for us the way of salvation.

Confident that your promise will be fulfilled,

we now watch for the day

when Christ our Lord will come again in glory.

And so we join our voices with angels and archangels

and with all the company of heaven

to proclaim your glory, for ever praising you and singing:


Holy, holy, holy Lord,

God of power and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.


We praise and bless you, loving Father,

through Jesus Christ, our Lord;

and as we obey his command,

send your Holy Spirit,
that broken bread and wine outpoured

may be for us the body and blood of your dear Son.

On the night that he was betrayed he had supper with his friends and,
taking bread, he praised you.

He broke the bread, gave it to them and said:

Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;

do this in remembrance of me.


When supper was ended he took the cup of wine.

Again he praised you, gave it to them and said:

Drink this, all of you;

this is my blood of the new covenant,

which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.

Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.


So, Father, we remember all that Jesus did,

in him we plead with confidence his sacrifice
made once for all upon the cross.

Bringing before you the bread of life and cup of salvation,
we proclaim his death and resurrection

until he comes in glory.


Great is the mystery of faith:

Christ has died:

Christ is risen:

Christ will come again.


Lord of all life,

help us to work together for that day when your kingdom comes

and justice and mercy will be seen in all the earth.

Look with favour on your people, gather us in your loving arms

and bring us with all the saints to feast at your table in heaven.


Through Christ, and with Christ, and in Christ,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

all honour and glory are yours, O loving Father,

for ever and ever.


The Lord’s Prayer


Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us


Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name;

thy kingdom come;

thy will be done;

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation;

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

the power and the glory,

for ever and ever.


Breaking of the Bread


We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.

Though we are many, we are one body,

because we all share in one bread.


Lamb of God,

you take away the sin of the world,

have mercy on us.


Lamb of God,

you take away the sin of the world,

have mercy on us.


Lamb of God,

you take away the sin of the world,

grant us peace.

Giving of Communion


Most merciful Lord,

your love compels us to come in.

Our hands were unclean,

our hearts were unprepared;

we were not fit even to eat the crumbs from under your table.

But you, Lord, are the God of our salvation,

and share your bread with sinners.

So cleanse and feed us

with the precious body and blood of your Son,

that he may live in us and we in him;

and that we, with the whole company of Christ,

may sit and eat in your kingdom.



The people receive communion




Father in heaven,

who sent your Son to redeem the world

and will send him again to be our judge:

give us grace so to imitate him in the humility and purity of his

first coming

that, when he comes again,

we may be ready to greet him

with joyful love and firm faith;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.



Father of all,

we give you thanks and praise,

that when we were still far off

you met us in your Son and brought us home.

Dying and living, he declared your love,

gave us grace, and opened the gate of glory.

May we who share Christ’s body live his risen life;

we who drink his cup bring life to others;

we whom the Spirit lights give light to the world.

Keep us firm in the hope you have set before us,

so we and all your children shall be free,

and the whole earth live to praise your name;

through Christ our Lord.


4th Hymn – AMNS 526 When Jesus came to Jordan


1. When Jesus came to Jordan
to be baptised by John,
he did not come for pardon,
but as his Father’s Son.

He came to share repentance
with all who mourn their sins,
to speak the vital sentence
with which good news begins.


2. He came to share temptation,
our utmost woe and loss;
for us and our salvation
to die upon the cross.
So when the Dove descended  ͜
on him, the Son of Man,
the hidden years had ended,
the age of grace began.


3. Come, Holy Spirit, aid us
to keep the vows we make;
this very day invade us,
and every bondage break;
come, give our lives direction,
the gift we covet most –
to share the resurrection
that leads to Pentecost.

The Dismissal


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 among you, and remain with you always.



Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

In the name of Christ. Amen.