Pew Sheets

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We stand to sing Graham Kendrick © 1986 Kingsway’s Thankyou Music.


 1.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.

 

  1. He comes the broken hearts to heal, the prisoners to free.

The deaf shall hear, the lame shall dance, the blind shall see.

 

  1. And those who mourn with heavy hearts, who weep and sigh;

with laughter, joy and royal crown he’ll beautify.

 

  1. We call you now to worship him as Lord of all.

To have no gods before him, their thrones must fall!

 

 

OPENING RESPONSES.

We meet in the name of God:

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

 

The Lord be with you:

and also with you.

 

This is the day that the Lord has made:

We will rejoice and be glad in it.

 

The second candle of the Advent Wreath is lit and we all pray…

          Lord Jesus, light of the world, the prophets said you would bring peace and save your people in trouble. Give peace in our hearts at Christmas and show all the world God’s love. Amen.

 

WE CONFESS OUR SINS TO GOD.

Father God, we do not always do the right things;

we do not always tell the truth;

we do not always love other people as we should.

We are sorry for the times when we have hurt others and made you sad.

Please forgive us and help us to become the people you want us to be.

We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen

  

 

ABSOLUTION (WE ARE ASSURED OF GOD’S FORGIVENESS).

May the God of love and power forgive you

and free you from your sins,

heal and strengthen you by his Spirit,

and raise you to new life in Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

THE COLLECT (THE SPECIAL PRAYER FOR TODAY)

Almighty God, purify our hearts and minds,
that when your Son Jesus Christ comes again

as judge and saviour we may be ready to receive him,

who is our Lord and our God.

Amen

 

Please sit for the first reading: Isaiah 40. 1-11

After the reading

This is the word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God

 

THE GOSPEL – Mark 1.1-8

After the reading

This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you O Christ

 

Followed by the Talk

(Children are invited to come and sit at the front)

 

 

 

We stand to DECLARE OUR FAITH

 

We believe in God the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named.

We believe in God the Son, who lives in our hearts through faith, and fills us with his love.

We believe in the God the Holy Spirit, who strengthens us with power from on high.

We believe in one God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen

 

OUR PRAYERS

At the end of the prayers we say together:

Merciful Father, accept these prayers, for the sake of your Son,

our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen

 

THE PEACE

May the God of peace make you completely holy,

ready for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

 

And also with you.

 

Let us offer one another a sign of peace.

 

 

Offertory Hymn: Leonard E. Smith Junior ©1974 Kingsway’s Thankyou Music.


1.How lovely on the mountains are the feet of Him
Who brings good news, good news;
Announcing peace, proclaiming news of happiness:
Our God reigns, our God reigns!

Our God reigns! Our God reigns!
Our God reigns! Our God reigns!

2. You watchmen, lift your voices joyfully as one,

Shout for your king, your king!

See eye to eye, the Lord restoring Sion:

Our God reigns, our God reigns!

 

  1. Wasteplaces of Jerusalem break forth with joy!

We are redeemed, redeemed,

The Lord has saved and comforted his people.

Our God reigns, our God reigns!

 

  1. Ends of the earth, see the salvation of our God!

Jesus is Lord, is Lord!

Before the nations He has bared his holy arm.

Our God reigns, our God reigns!

 

  

Holy Communion

 

Open the heavens, Lord our God, and send your transforming Spirit on us and on these gifts. Amen

 

 

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.

[Question: Why is it right to give thanks and praise?
Answer: Listen, and we will hear.]

 

Lord of all life, you created the universe, where all living things reflect your glory. You give us this great and beautiful earth, to discover and to cherish. And now we give you thanks because you prepared the way of your Son Jesus Christ by the preaching of your servant John the Baptist, who proclaimed him as the Lamb of God, our Saviour. You made us all, each wonderfully different, to join with the angels and sing your praise:

 

Holy, holy, holy God of power and might

Holy, holy, holy God of power and might

Lord we lift up your name, with hearts full of praise

Be exalted O Lord my God Holy God of power and might.

Carl Tuttle ©1995 Mercy Publishing

 

We thank you, loving Father, because, when we turned away, you sent Jesus, your Son. He gave his life for us on the cross and shows us the way to live.

Send your Holy Spirit that these gifts of bread and wine may be for us Christ’s body and his blood.

 

[Question: Why do we share this bread and wine?
Answer: Listen, and we will hear.]

 

On the night before he died, when darkness had fallen, Jesus took bread. He gave thanks, broke it, and shared it with his disciples, saying: ‘This is my body, given for you. Do this to remember me.’

 

After they had eaten, he took the cup of wine, gave thanks, and shared it with his disciples, saying: ‘This is my blood, poured out for you and for many, for the forgiveness of sins.’

 

So Father, with this bread and this cup we celebrate his love, his death, his risen life.  As you feed us with these gifts, send your Holy Spirit, and change us more and more to be like Jesus our Saviour.

 

[Question: How do we follow Jesus Christ?
Answer: Listen, and we will hear.]

 

Help us, Father, to love one another, as we look forward to that day when suffering is ended, and all creation is gathered in your loving arms. And now with St Alban, and all your saints we give you glory, through Jesus Christ, in the strength of the Spirit, today and for ever. Amen

 

We singTHE LORD’S PRAYER. Traditional Carribean.

 

1   Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.

          Thy kingdom come, thy will be done,

hallowed be thy name.

hallowed be thy name.

2   On earth as it is in heaven, hallowed be thy name

Give us this day our daily bread.

3   Forgive us our trespasses, hallowed be thy name

as we forgive those who trespass against us.

4   And lead us not into temptation, hallowed be thy name

but deliver us from all that is evil.

5   For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory,     hallowed be thy name

for ever, and for ever and ever.

6   Amen, amen, it shall be so. hallowed be thy name

Amen, amen, it shall be so.

 

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.

God’s holy gifts for God’s holy people.

Jesus Christ is holy, Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

 

THE GIVING OF COMMUNION.

All baptised Christians who receive communion in their own churches are welcome to receive communion. Any member of the congregation may come to receive a blessing

 

Communion hymn: © Paul Inwood 1986

 

We shall draw water joyfully, singing joyfully, singing joyfully;

We shall draw water joyfully from the well springs of salvation.

 

  1. Truly God is our salvation, we trust, we shall not fear.

For the Lord is our strength, our song; He became our Saviour.

 

  1. Give thanks, O give thanks to the Lord; Give praise to his holy name!

Make his mighty deeds known to all of the nations; Proclaim his greatness.

 

  1. Sing a psalm, sing a psalm to the Lord, for he has done glorious deeds.

Make known his works to all of the earth;

People of Zion, sing for joy; for great in your midst,

great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.

 

PRAYERS AFTER COMMUNION.

Please stand. 

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.

Amen.

 

We pray together…

God of truth, we have seen with our eyes

and touched with our hands the bread of life: 

Strengthen our faith that we may grow in love for you and for each other; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

THE BLESSING AND DISMISSAL.

May God himself, the God of peace, make you perfect and holy,

and keep you safe and blameless, in spirit, soul and body, for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ;

and the blessing …

 

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

In the name of Christ. Amen

 

Closing hymn: Stuart Dauermann, Steffi Guiser Rubin © 1975 Lillenas Publishing Company/CopyCare

 


You shall go out with joy and be led forth with peace,

and the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you.

There’ll be shouts of joy, and the trees of the field

shall clap, shall clap their hands.

 

And the trees of the field shall clap their hands,

and the trees of the field shall clap their hands,

and the trees of the field shall clap their hands,

and you’ll go out with joy.

 

(Sing through 3 times)

 

Common worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England, material from which is included in this service, is © The Archbishop’s Council 2000.  Common Worship: Additional Eucharistic Prayers, material from which is reproduced above, is copyright © The Archbishop’s Council 2012. Calamus Licence Number 95 CCL Licence Number 078543