A Service of Holy Communion for Advent

Opening Hymn/Song

The words of the Opening Hymn or Song can be found here.

The Greeting

Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ
be with you.
And also with you.

Unity Prayer

We Say the Unity Prayer together where-ever we might be worshiping today.

Lighting of the Advent Wreath

Prayer of Preparation

Almighty God,
to whom all hearts are open,
all desires known,
and from whom no secrets are hidden:
cleanse the thought 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.
Amen.

Invitation to Confession

A voice cries out in the wilderness,
“Make straight the way of the Lord”
So let us listen and turn to the Lord in penitence and faith

Lord Jesus, you came to gather the nations
into the peace of your kingdom:
Lord, have mercy.
Lord have mercy.

You come in word and sacrament
to strengthen us in holiness:
Christ have mercy.
Christ have mercy.

You will come in glory
with salvation for your people
Lord have mercy.
Lord have mercy.

Absolution

The Collect

This week’s Collect can be found here.

Readings

This week’s first reading can be found here.

At the end the reader says:
This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Gospel Reading

This week’s Gospel Reading can be found here.

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ,
according to N.
Glory to you, O Lord.

At the end:
This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.

Sermon

Creed

Let us affirm our faith in Jesus Christ the Son of God.

Though he was divine,
he did not cling to equality with God,
but made himself nothing.
Taking the form of a slave,
he was born in human likeness.
He humbled himself
and was obedient to death,
even the death of the cross.

Therefore, God has raised him on high,
and given him the name above every name:
that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bow,
and every voice proclaim
that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.           Philippians 2:6-11
Amen.

Intercessions

Prayers will include responses as led, and are on-line here

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.

Song

The altar is prepared and bread and wine are placed upon it.
While the altar is prepared, please join in with the music. You can find the words here.

The Eucharistic Prayer

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.

And now we give you thanks
because your Son our Lord
was awaited by the prophets,
announced by an angel,
conceived by a virgin,
and proclaimed at last to men and women of every race

Holy, holy, holy Lord,
God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.

Accept our praises, heavenly Father,
through your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ,
and, as we follow his example and obey his command,
grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit
these gifts of bread and wine
may be to us his body and blood; 

who, in the same night that he was betrayed,
took bread and gave you thanks;
he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying:
Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;
do this in remembrance of me.
To you be glory and praise for ever.

In the same way, after supper
He took the cup and gave you thanks;
He gave it to them saying:
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.
To you be glory and praise for ever.

Therefore, heavenly Father,
we remember his offering of himself
made once for all upon the cross;
we proclaim his mighty resurrection
and glorious ascension;
we look for the coming of your kingdom,
and with this bread and this cup,
we make the memorial of Christ your Son our Lord.
Christ is the bread of life:
When we eat this bread and drink this cup,
we proclaim your death, Lord Jesus,
until you come in glory.

Accept through him, our great high priest,
this our sacrifice of thanks and praise,
and, as we eat and drink these holy gifts
in the presence of your divine majesty,
renew us by your Spirit, inspire us with your love
and unite us in the body of your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
To you be glory and praise for ever.

Through him, and with him and in him,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
with all who stand before you in earth and heaven,
we worship you, Father almighty
in songs of everlasting praise:

Blessing and honour and glory and power
Be yours for ever and ever.

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.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
Now and forever. 
Amen.

Breaking of the Bread

Every time we eat this bread and drink this cup,
We proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

Giving of Communion

Jesus is the Lamb of God
who takes away the sin of the world.
Blessed are those who are called to his supper.
Lord, I am not worthy to receive you,
But only say the word, and I shall be healed.

Please feel free to join in the music during communion. You can find the words here.

Prayer after Communion

Generous God,
you have fed us
at your heavenly table.
Set us on fire with your Spirit
That, when Christ comes again
we may shine like lights
before his face,
who with you and the Spirit
lives for ever.
Amen.

Closing Song

The words of the Closing Hymn or Song can be found here.

The Blessing and Dismissal

May God the Father, judge all merciful,
make us worthy of a place in his kingdom.
Amen.

May God the Son, coming among us in power,
reveal in our midst the promise of his glory.
Amen.

May God the Holy Spirit make us steadfast In faith,
joyful in hope and constant in love.
Amen.

And the blessing….

As we await our coming Saviour,
go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ.
Amen.

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© The Archbishops’ Council 2000

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