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Welcome to our service this Sunday.  You can find our service livestreamed on our YouTube Channel at 10 am on Sunday morning or posted later on.

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Prelude & Welcome/ Announcements

Lighting of the Advent Wreath
Song:  Hope is a Star vs. 3 (CCLI #1884009)
    Joy is a song that welcomes the dawn.
    Telling the world that the Saviour is born
    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 # 98 Hark the Glad Sound! The Saviour Comes   (vs. 1,3,4 only)

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
God of power and mercy, you call us once again to celebrate the coming of your Son. Remove those things which hinder love of you, that when he comes, he may find us waiting in awe and wonder for him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God now and for ever. Amen.

The Readings
Philippians 4:4-7; Isaiah 12: 2-6; Luke 3:7-18

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 #103 On Jordan’s Bank, the Baptist’s Cry

Prayer Over the Gifts
God of hope.  Renew in us the joy of your salvation
and make us a living sacrifice to you,
for the sake 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 #361 Surely it is God who Saves Me

Prayer After Communion
Merciful God, may this eucharist free us from our sins, 
fill us with unending joy,
and prepare us for the birthday of our Saviour. 
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, who is Lord now and for ever. 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 #108 Hark, a Herald Voice is Sounding (vs. 1,3.4, 5 only)

The Dismissal