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Advent Service – 2021

Sunday 28th November at 6.00pm
 

You will be given a candle as you enter the church which you are asked to light from the Paschal candle before you take your seat, keep with you and, please take away after the service.  You are asked to remain in your seats throughout the service.
 
There will be no service sheets, but you may wish to print off this mailing for yourself to guide you through.  If you bring it to church, please take it away with you.
 
Please try to take your seats by 5.50pm.
The Service begins in silence.
 
Drop down ye heavens from above,
And let the skies pour down righteousness.
 
Turn your fierce anger from us, O Lord,
and remember not our sins for ever.
Your holy cities have become a desert,
Zion a wilderness,
Jerusalem a desolation;
Our holy and beautiful house,
where our fathers praised you.
 
Drop down ye heavens from above,
And let the skies pour down righteousness.
 
Silence is kept.
 
 
  FIRST READING: Genesis 1:1-3 and 26-31a  
 
Silence is kept.
 
The choir sings The Matin Responsory after Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (c.1525-94)
 
Silence is kept.
 

 
  SECOND READING: Genesis 3  
 
Silence is kept.
 
Drop down ye heavens from above,
And let the skies pour down righteousness.
 
We have sinned and become like one who is unclean;
we have all withered like a leaf,
and our iniquities like the wind have swept us away.
You have hidden your face from us,
and abandoned us to our iniquities.
 
Drop down ye heavens from above
And let the skies pour down righteousness.
 
Silence is kept.
 

 
  THIRD READING: Isaiah 40:1-5 
 
The Advent Prose continues:
 
Drop down ye heavens from above,
And let the skies pour down righteousness.
 
Comfort my people, comfort them;
my salvation shall not be delayed.
I have swept your offences away like a cloud;
fear not for I will save you.
I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your redeemer.
 
Drop down ye heavens from above,
And let the skies pour down righteousness.
 
Silence is kept.
 

 
  FOURTH READING: Jeremiah 31:31-34. 
 
The choir sings Adam lay ybounden – Boris Ord (1897-1961)
 
Silence is kept.
 

 
  FIFTH READING: Isaiah 35:1-4  
 
The Advent Prose continues:
 
Drop down ye heavens from above,
And let the skies pour down righteousness.
 
You are my witnesses, says the Lord,
and my servant whom I have chosen,
that you may know me and believe me.
I myself am the Lord,
and none but I can deliver;
what my hand holds, none can snatch away.
 
Drop down ye heavens from above,
And let the skies pour down righteousness.
 
The choir sings: Never weather-beaten sail – Thomas Campion (1567-1620)
 
Silence is kept.
 

 
   SIXTH READING: Isaiah 7:13-15.  
 
Silence is kept.
 
The choir sings: Rejoice in the Lord alway – Anon. mid-16th century arr. Le Huray & Willcocks
 
Silence is kept.
 

 
   SEVENTH READING: Zephaniah 3:16-18.  
 
Silence is kept.
 
The choir sings: A tender shoot – Otto Goldschmidt (1829-1907)
 
Silence is kept.
 

 
    EIGHTH READING: Wisdom 18: 14-15.   
 
Silence is kept.
 
The choir sings: I sing of a maiden – Lennox Berkeley (1903-89)
 
Silence is kept.
 

 
    NINTH READING: Philippians 2:6-11.   
 
My brothers and sisters,
we enter today the solemn season of Advent in which the Church bids us prepare to celebrate the coming of Christ; a coming that we recall in the Child of Bethlehem; a coming that we experience in the gift of his Spirit, in the bread of the Eucharist, in the joy of human lives that are shared; a coming that we wait for when God gathers up all things in Christ.  Let us in this holy season reflect on the coming of Christ who brings light to the world.  Let us leave behind the darkness of sin, walk in the light that shines on our path and renew within ourselves the hope of glory to which he beckons us.  As we turn to the light, as we carry the light, let us have our eyes on those who see no light, for whom all is darkness and despair. Let us pray that they too may be illumined by Christ who is our light.
 
Silent prayer.
 
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All sing HYMN 11
O come, O come, Emmanuel!
(seven verses)
 
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Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness and put on the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility; so that, on the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.
 
Go in the peace of Christ.
Thanks be to God.
 
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Organ postlude: Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen – Johannes Brahms (1833-97)
 
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