Lectionary - Advent 3 Year A
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Isaiah 35:1-10 The desert shall rejoice and blossom
Psalm 146:5-10 Happy are those whose help is in the God of Jacob
or Luke 1:47-55 The song of Mary: The Magnificat
James 5:7-10 Be patient, like the farmer waiting for the crop
Matthew 11:2-11 Jesus sends a message to John about signs of the kingdom
Suggested Hymns (From Denis Towner. TIS = Together in Song; AHB = Australian Hymn Book; SA = Sing Alleluia)
|lesson||Hymns for Advent 3, Yr.A||TIS||AHB||SA|
|O||All the ends of the earth have seen||57||3|
|At the name of Jesus||231||170|
|O||Behold a Rose is growing||294|
|Ca/G||Blessed be the God of Israel|||
|Ps/Ca||Christ is made the sure foundation||432||343|
|Christ is the world's true light||238||179|
|Come down O Love divine||398||310|
|Come O Fount of every blessing||152|
|E/G||Come thou long-expected Jesus||272||200|
|O||Come we that love the Lord||356|
|O/G||Comfort comfort all my people||647||25|
|Ca||Give thanks with a grateful heart||717|
|God has spoken to his people, hallelujah||636||39|
|O/G||Good Christians all, rejoice||313||238|
|Great God your Spirit, like the wind||416||41|
|G||Hail to the Lord's anointed||275||203|
|G||Hark a herald voice is calling||264||192|
|O/G||Hark the glad sound! the Saviour comes||269||197|
|O/E||I want to walk as a child of the light||643|
|E||If we will trust in God to guide us||554||459|
|Ps||I'll praise my Maker while I've breath||90||44|
|In suffering love the thread of life||177|
|G||Jesus Christ is waiting, waiting in the street||665|
|Jesus' hands were kind hands||236||178|
|G||Jesus shall reign where'er the sun||207||136|
|s||Joy to the world! the Lord is come||268||224|
|Joyful joyful, we adore you||152|
|O||Lift up your heads you mighty gates||267|
|s||Long ago prophets knew||283||61|
|E||Lord Christ when first you came to earth/men||508|
|Lord your almighty Word||447||61|
|O||Love divine all loves excelling||217||148|
|Ca||My soul gives glory to my God||172|
|Ca/G||O bless the God of Israel||284|
|O bless the Lord, my soul||64||63|
|E||O come O come, Emmanuel||265||193|
|s||O day of God draw near||616||547|
|O/G||O for a thousand tongues to sing||210||141|
|Ps||O God of Bethel by whose hand||564||49|
|G||On Jordan's bank the Baptist's cry||270||199|
|O||Prepare the royal highway||346|
|E||Rejoice the Lord is King||216||147|
|G||She comes sailing on the wind|
|Sing a new song, sing a new song||166||102|
|E||Teach me my God and King||458|
|Ca/E||Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord||161||109|
|s||The advent of our God||271||198|
|Ca||The angel Gabriel from heaven came||302||222|
|s||The King of glory comes, the nation rejoices||279||212|
|Ps/E||The Lord will come and not be slow||194|
|s||The people that in darkness walked||274||202|
|G||The voice of God goes out through all the world||282||86|
|O||There's a light upon the mountains||276||207|
|Ps||To you my Lord will I sing praise||120|
|s||When God almighty came to be one of us||281||214|
|Ps/Ca||You servants of God, your Master proclaim||215||144|
|s||You shall go out with joy||755|
|E||Your coming Lord, to earth in Bethlehem||285||98|
Other Possible Hymns
The Lord's Messiah comes
Sermon Summary (Click here for complete sermon)
Is he really the one?
"Is he really the one?" You can almost hear John the Baptist wondering. "Is he the one who is to come -- the promised Messiah?" They were very different men, John and Baptist and Jesus. John was an austere character in the way of the old prophets of Israel like Elijah (Matthew 3:4). He uttered strong words of condemnation and prophetic teaching (Matthew 3:7; Luke 3:10-14). By contrast, Jesus was more a man of the people. They said of him that he liked company, and enjoyed eating and drinking with his friends. He was different from what John might have expected. Was he the one? (Matthew 11:2-3).
We usually think of John simply as the one who came to prepare the way for Jesus the Messiah (Matthew 3:3,11; John 1:30). It is then a little surprising to realise that he could have had his doubts. John the Baptist give us the words we still use of Jesus today, in the Eucharist, "The Lamb of God" (John 1:29).There is a good deal for us to learn from this. From the point of view of the evangelist telling the story of Jesus and his forerunner John the Baptist, a life of faith need not be lived without questions. Faith is not blind belief, but open to evidence. Jesus answered John by pointing to the evidence that John's disciples could see for themselves: (Matthew 11:2-6).
Those who knew the Hebrew Scriptures knew that he was pointing out that what they could now see was what had been foretold by the prophets, especially by Isaiah who had written about the coming great day of the Lord (Isaiah 29:18-19; 35:5-6; 61:1-2 cf Luke 4:18-19 ).
Was Jesus the one? Does he, setting people free to become what God has called them to be, truly reveal the nature of God and represent God, indeed did he become God in human life? Is his coming the beginning of a new age, of the Kingdom of God? Is he the chosen one, the anointed one, the Messiah, bringing all this about? The answer Jesus himself gave to John was "Look and see!" We believers make a personal response: "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world".
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Order of Service Advent 3 Year A
The Gathering of the People of God
CALL TO WORSHIP
Let us worship God who graciously comes to us. When he comes he fulfils the promise of new life:
The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus
it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing.
Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees.
Say to those who are of a fearful heart, "Be strong, do not fear! Here is your God. ... He will come and save you."
Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped;
then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy. (From Isaiah 35:1-6)
HYMN Sing a new song ... Creation sings a new song to the Lord TIS 166 AHB 102
LIGHTING THE ADVENT CANDLE: Third Sunday
[A family group or individual comes to the table and one reads:]
On this third Sunday in Advent we rejoice at the prospect of the coming of the Kingdom of God which John the Baptist foresaw and Jesus announced, and which even now is breaking into the world.
[Three coloured candles are lit (including those lit last week), and reading continues.]
"The darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining." 1 John 2:8
"I have come as light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me should not remain in the darkness. " John 12:46
PRAYER OF ADORATION
DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS
Hear then Christ's word of grace, 'Your sins are forgiven'
Thanks be to God
WELCOME AND GREETING EACH OTHER
Service of the Word
INTRODUCTION OF THEME
OLD TESTAMENT Isaiah 35:1-10 The desert shall rejoice and blossom
For the PSALM - Luke 1:47-55 - The Song of Mary [The Magificat, responsively]
And Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,
for he has looked with favour on the lowliness of his servant.
Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name.
His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
and lifted up the lowly;
he has filled the hungry with good things,
and sent the rich away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
to Abraham and to his descendants forever." (Luke 1:46-55)
EPISTLE James 5:7-10 Be patient, like the farmer waiting for the crop
GOSPEL Matthew 11:2-11 Jesus sends a message to John about signs of the kingdom
HYMN On Jordan's bank the Baptist's cry TIS 270 AHB 199
HYMN The Lord's Messiah comes
OFFERING AND DEDICATION
SHARING TIME [Notices, celebrations, requests for intercessions]
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
COLLECT FOR THE DAY
Sustain us, Father, with the power of your love on our journey to meet the One who is coming; strengthen our weak hands, make firm our feeble knees, and open blind eyes to the dawning of your kingdom; that our hearts may rejoice with joy and singing as we behold the majesty of our God. We ask this through your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
THE LORD'S PRAYER
The Sending Forth of the People of God
HYMN Tell out my soul TIS 161 AHB 109
WORD OF MISSION
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord:
In the name of Christ. Amen.
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