Lectionary -- Advent 1 Year A

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Isaiah 2:1-5 Swords into ploughshares
Psalm 122 I was glad when they said to me, "Let us go the house of the Lord."
Romans 13:11-14 Salvation is nearer to us now then when we first believed
Matthew 24:36-44 Warnings to be ready for the kingdom

Suggested Hymns (From Denis Towner. TIS = Together in Song; AHB = Australian Hymn Book; SA = Sing Alleluia)

lesson Hymns for Advent 1, Yr.A TIS AHB SA
E Awake, awake, fling off the night 412
O Behold the mountain of the Lord 441 366
Brother, sister, let me serve you 650 14
O Christ is the world's true light 238 179
wreath Christmas is coming, the church is glad to sing 289
G Come O Fount of every blessing 152
s Come O Jesus, come O Lord 211
E/G Come thou long expected Jesus 272 200
O Comfort comfort all my people 647 25
s Creator of the earth and skies 556
O Crown him with many crowns 228 163
O Go now in peace 782
E God has spoken to his people, hallelujah 636 39
Ps/E/G Hail to the Lord's anointed 275 203
E Hark a herald voice is calling 264 192
G Hark the glad sound! the Saviour comes 269 197
Ps How glad I was to hear men say 351
s I want to walk as a child of the light 643
Ps I was overjoyed, alleluia 78 394
Ps Jerusalem our home, alleluia! 78 394
Jesus calls us! O'er the tumult 589 505
O Jesus priceless treasure 463
G Let all mortal flesh keep silence 497 418
s Lift up your heads, you mighty gates 267
wreath Light one candle for hope 286
G Lo he comes with clouds descending 273 201
Lord of our life and God of our salvation 345
Lord the light of your love is shining 675
Love divine all loves excelling 217 148
Mine eyes have seen the glory 315 205
E Now let us from this table rise 530 450
G O come O come, Emmanuel 265 193
O O day of God draw near 616 547
O God of earth and altar 542
O O God of every nation 621
Ps O little town of Bethlehem 316 240
s Prepare the royal highway 346
E Saviour of the nations, come 295
E Stand up, stand up for Jesus 592 509
s The advent of our God 271 198
E The Lord will come and not be slow 194
s There's a light upon the mountains 276 207
E/G Wake awake, for night is flying 266 195
We are marching in the light of God 666
G When he comes back, when he comes back 280 92
s Your coming Lord, to earth in Bethlehem 285 98

Other Possible Hymns

Salvation belongs to our God [song]

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What time is it?

What time is it? Its late! Its time to wake up! Paul said to the Romans ... you know what time it is [Romans 13:11]. Well, do we know `the time'; do we really know what time it is? Now is a special time for us to wake up. How is it special?

Special times are God's times
This present time is a special time because it is a time of opportunities, an occasion when we should expect things to happen. I am hoping that a sense of urgency will develop, but there is something more important than our getting up the energy to do what needs to be done. First, everything depends on what God has already done and what he has promised that he will do. It does not all depend on us. Paul did not simply exhort people to action. He pointed to how their situation was different and special because of the acts of God.

Clock time and dramatic time
The Bible deals with different ideas of time, particularly in regard to the way we can take part in the coming of the Kingdom. [Compare Luke 23:43 with 1 Thess 4:13-14, 1 Corinthians 15, Matthew 24:42-44.] There is time that can be measured by clocks 'chronos' and time of a different kind, 'kairos'. It is more like a dramatic sense of time when things reach a crisis, or when the point of the story is revealed, and that is the kind of time that Paul asked the Romans about. It is a time of opportunity, when we should expect great things because great things have happened in what God has done for the world through Christ [Galatians 1:4, A new age is to come. Christ has made a dramatic difference: Colossians 1:13]

Living as children of light
There are implications for us in everyday living as well as evangelism. Things are different now that Christ has come and done his work of salvation, saving us. If we are in tune with it and with him we will grasp the opportunity and begin to share now in the age of light [Rom 13:11-12]. How much more satisfying it is take part in God's drama -- how much better than to strive anxiously to fulfil our own plans! It is time to wake up, time for action, because God has already acted to make things different for us. Glory to him.

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Order of Service - Advent 1 Year A

The Gathering of the People of God

O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the LORD! -- Isaiah 2:5
I was glad when they said to me, "Let us go to the house of the LORD!" -- Psalms 122:1

Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hidden: clease the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magify your holy name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

HYMN I was overjoyed, Alleluia! [Ps 122] AHB 394 TIS 78

[A family group or individual comes to the table and one reads:]
The true light, that enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. [John 1:9]
[One coloured candle is lit, and reading continues.]
On this first Sunday in Advent we remember how the ancient prophets proclaimed that God is one who comes to his people, and that he would come in the future as Lord and Saviour. Jesus, when he came, said that he would come again come in love and power. Glory to you Jesus Christ our Lord.

CONFESSION [In three parts, concluding ...]
Lord have mercy. Lord have mercy.
Christ have mercy. Christ have mercy.
Lord have mercy. Lord have mercy.

The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. -- 1 Timothy 1:15
Hear then Christ's word of grace to us: Your sins are forgiven.
Thanks be to God.

DOXOLOGY: Salvation belongs to our God
1 Salvation belongs to our God
Who sits upon the throne
And unto the Lamb
Praise and glory
Wisdom and thanks
Honour and power and strength
Be to our God for ever and ever
Be to our God for ever and ever
Be to our God for ever and ever. Amen.

2 And we the redeemed shall be strong
In purpose and unity
Declaring aloud
Praise and glory
Wisdom and thanks
Honour and power and strength
Be to our God for ever and ever
Be to our God for ever and ever
Be to our God for ever and ever. Amen.

Service of the Word

INTRODUCTION OF THEME: A word to the children.
FIRST READING Isaiah 2:1-5 Swords into ploughshares
PSALM 122 I was glad when they said to me, "Let us go the house of the Lord."
Choir: Born in the night
EPISTLE Romans 13:11-14 Salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed
GOSPEL Matthew 24:36-44 Warnings to be ready for the kingdom

HYMN Your coming Lord to earth in Bethlehem TIS 285 SA 98


OFFERING [I love you more]
SHARING TIME [Notices, Celebrations and requests for intercessions]

O Morning Star, splendour of light eternal and bright Sun of righteousness:
come and enlighten all who dwell in darkness and in the shadow.
Lord Jesus, come soon!
O King of the nations, you alone can fulfil their desires:
Cornerstone, you make opposing nations one:
come and save the creature you fashioned from clay.
Lord Jesus, come soon!
O Emmanuel, hope of the nations and their Saviour:
come and save us, Lord oru God.
Lord Jesus, come soon!

Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan: come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations; and, as you know the weaknesses of each of us, let each one find you mighty to save; through Jesus Christ your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Lord's Supper


HYMN Love divine, all loves excelling AHB148 TIS 217

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.
Thanks and praise ..... in the eternal hymn: [SA 100c and 100d]
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.
We thank you ....

[The great prayer of thanksgiving continues, recalling God's goodness in caring for his people, the life and saving work of our Lord Jesus Christ, how he commanded his disciples to remember him with the bread and the wine, and we pray for the gift of the Holy Spirit on us and what we do.]

THE LORD'S PRAYER [Front of hymn book]
THE LAMB OF GOD [Choir: Sing Alleluia 100e]
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,
have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,
have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,
grant us peace.

COMMUNION [ Holy Spirit, Come!]


The Sending Forth of the People of God

HYMN Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord TIS 315 AHB 205
DISMISSAL Go in peace to love and serve the Lord:
In the name of Christ. Amen.

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