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Prelude & Welcome/ Announcements


Lighting of the Advent Wreath

Song:  Hope is a Star vs. 1 (CCLI #1884009)

Hope is a star that shines in the night, leading us on till the morning is bright.

Refrain: When God is a child there’s joy in our song.  The last shall be first and the weak shall be strong, and none shall be afraid.




Opening Hymn: CP # 645 Come Down, O Love Divine (vs. 1,2,4)


The Grace

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit always be with you. And also with you.


Collect Prayer

Urgent God, breaking through the static to speak to our hearts: disarm our love of control and shake the silent heavens to reveal your dawning glory, judging the world in the light of love; through Jesus Christ, the one who is to come.  Amen.


The Readings

Jeremiah 33:14-16, Psalm 25:1-10, Luke 21:25-36


Homily - The Reverend Canon Ruthanne Ward


Hear, O Israel

Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. This is the first and the great commandment. The second is like it: Love your neighbour as yourself.  There is no commandment greater than these.


Prayers of the People


Confession & Absolution


In the spirit of penitent hearts, waiting for the return of the Prince of Peace, let us bring our confession before the God who loves and forgives us.      Silence is kept.


You bring our fear into the light of love;

We prefer to hide in the shadows.

Lord have mercy.

Lord have mercy.

You promise healing for the earth;

We turn our backs on our common world.

Christ have mercy.

Christ have mercy.

You come near in the vulnerable word made flesh;

We worship distant idols of celebrity and power.

Lord have mercy.

Lord have mercy.


May God who loved the world so much that he sent his Son to be our Saviour forgive you your sins and make you holy to serve him in the world, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


The Peace

The peace of the Lord be always with you.  And also with you.

Offertory Hymn: CP #101 Hail to the Lord’s Anointed


Prayer Over the Gifts

God of love and power, your word stirs within us the expectation of the coming of your Son.  Accept all we offer you this day, and sustain us with your promise of eternal life.  We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


The Great Thanksgiving (Eucharistic Prayer written by Stephen Fearing)


The Lord be with you.  And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.  We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.  It is right to give our thanks and praise.


God of our salvation,

we do not deserve your love and yet you lavish it upon us…

… the very incarnation of your being on this earth.


With all of creation, with all peoples in every time and place

we join the ever lasting chorus:


Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

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

Hosanna in the highest.  Hosanna in the highest.


We remember how you called your servant Mary to bear your son…

… For as long as we eat this bread and drink this cup,

we proclaim the resurrection of our living saviour until he comes again.


As we wait, during this blessed rest known as the season of Advent,

we proclaim the mystery of faith.


Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.

We give thanks … loving Creator now and forever. Amen


The Lord’s Prayer

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. Save us from the time of trial, and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and for ever. Amen.


The Breaking of the Bread

God of promise, you prepare a banquet for us in your kingdom.

Happy are those who are called to the supper of the Lamb


The gifts of God for the people of God.  Thanks be to God.


Communion Hymn:  CP #96 Creator of the Stars of Night


Prayer After Communion

God for whom we wait, you have fed us with the bread of eternal life.  Keep us ever watchful, that we may be ready to stand before the Son of man.  We ask this in the name of Christ the Lord.  Amen.


The Doxology

Glory to God, whose power working in us can do more than we can ask or imagine.  Glory to God from generation to generation, in the church and in Christ Jesus forever and ever.  Amen.


The Blessing


Closing Hymn:  CP  #89 O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (vs. 1, 3, 5,7)


The Dismissal