Lectionary - Advent 3 Year C
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Zephaniah 3:14-20 Rejoice and exult with all your heart
Isaiah 12:2-6 [for the psalm] Surely God is my salvation
Philippians 4:4-11 Rejoice ... the Lord in near
Luke 3:7-18 The preaching of John the Baptist
Suggested Hymns (From Denis Towner. TIS = Together in Song; AHB = Australian Hymn Book; SA = Sing Alleluia)
|Hymns for Advent 3, Yr.C|
|O||All hail the power of Jesus' name||224||159|
|G||Christ when for us you were baptized||250||20|
|O||Come thou long-expected Jesus||272||200|
|O||Glorious things of you are spoken||446||374|
|E/G||Good Christians all, rejoice||313||238|
|O||Hail to the Lord's anointed||275||203|
|G||Hark a herald voice is calling||264||192|
|G||Hark the glad sound! the Saviour comes||269||197|
|G||Joy to the world! The Lord is come||268||224|
|G||Joyful joyful, we adore you||152|
|Let all mortal flesh keep silence||497||418|
|Lift up your heads you mighty gates||269|
|E||May the mind of Christ my Saviour||609||537|
|G||Now thank we all our God||106||14|
|O/G||O bless the God of Israel||284|
|s||O day of God draw near||616||547|
|G||O for a thousand tongues to sing||210||141|
|O||O God of every nation||621|
|G||O Spirit of the living God||405||318|
|G||On Jordan's bank the Baptist's cry||270||199|
|Prepare the royal highway||346|
|O/G||Rejoice the Lord is King||216||147|
|O/E||Tell out my soul, the greatness of the Lord||161||109|
|G||The advent of our God||271||198|
|s||The people that in darkness walked||274||202|
|Ca||To God be the glory, great things he has done||147||85|
|E||What a friend we have in Jesus||590||165|
|G||What does the Lord require of you||751|
|G||When he was baptized in Jordan||252||91|
Other Possible Hymns
(Numbers refer to The Australian Hymn Book and Sing Alleluia.)
The Lord's Messiah comes
SA 78 (TIS 241) So God loved the people of the world
SA 81 'The kingdom is upon you!'
SA 98 (TIS 285) Your coming Lord to earth in Bethlehem
193 (TIS 265) O come, O come , Emmanuel
194 The Lord will come and not be slow
436 (TIS 515) According to thy gracious word/ in meek humility
503 (TIS 587) O brother man, fold to thy heart thy brother
532 (TIS 608) Where cross the crowded ways of life
Sermon summary (click here for complete sermon)
Rejoice, the Lord is near
The nearness of God can a source of comfort or terror. There was something quite special about that experience of people who could be at peace with the announcement, Rejoice....The Lord is near. (Philippians 4:4-7). Paul writing to the believers at Philippi is offering words of assurance: don't worry, do not be afraid, you have no need to be anxious, the Lord is near. It is an inner blessing. That inner peace can be yours. Because it touches your innermost thoughts and feelings we sometimes say the kingdom of God is within you: but that brings us to a nice little question of balance.
The kingdom within or among us: personal or social peace?
There is a well known text which can be translated 'within' or 'among'.... the kingdom of God is among [or within] you. (Luke 17:20-21). The kingdom has come because the Messiah is present. There is no divinity in us. There is no part of us that is God. It would be idolatry to attempt to know God by getting to know ourselves. The emphasis should be on our relationship with God as a separate (holy) being. The right kind of relationship with God should lead us into the right kind of relationships with other people. (1 John 4:20-21). We need John's warnings to people who thought they could trust in themselves. (Luke 3:7-14). So justice was required with repentance.
John pointed to Jesus who fulfilled the promise
John the Baptist in the tradition of the prophets (Isaiah 35:1-7; Zephaniah 3:19) would have looked for signs they gave that God was acting to bring in his kingdom; and he would have expected them when the Messaiah came (Luke 3:15-17). Later when he sent messengers to ask Jesus if he was the one to come, Jesus told them to go back and tell John what they had seen and heard, indicating signs like those described by Isaiah (Matthew 11:2-6). They have already begun to affect human life and they anticipate the new order of things that is promised at the end (Revelation 21:1-5). So be of good courage. Be thankful that the peace of God is with us, within us and among us, for he has come in Christ to reconcile us to himself and to each other. It is something you can rely upon. Trusting God allows us to focus on the positive things without fear. It is then that we can rejoice that God is near. It is in that faith and trust that Paul's 'final' advice to the Philippians becomes a practical possibility. (Philippians 4:8-9).
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The Gathering of the People of God
CALL TO WORSHIP
Rejoice, the Lord is near. Philippians 4:4,5
Sing aloud, O daughter Zion; shout, O Israel!
Rejoice and exult with all your heart Zephaniah 3:14
Rejoice in the Lord always;
again, I will say, Rejoice. Philippians 4:4
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
HYMN Hail to the Lord's anointed AHB 203 TIS 275
PRAYER OF ADORATION
Mighty and merciful God, we meet to celebrate your greatness.
We join with the hosts of heaven to sing your praise and to offer you worship.
For you are worthy of adoration from every mouth,
and every tongue should praise you.
You created the earth by your power; you save the human race by your mercy; and make it new by your grace.
Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we offer you our grateful praise.
Loving God, Lord of the Church, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word and deed: we have not loved you with all our heart or served you with all our strength; we have been blind to the vision of a renewed world and deaf to your call to costly discipleship; we have been indifferent to the suffering of others and unwilling to forgive one another. In your mercy, Lord, pardon and restore us, that together in the ministry of Christ we may serve you with joy all the days of our life. Amen.
DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS
God loved the world so much that he gave his only son, that everyone who believes in him may not perish but have eternal
life . (John 3:16).
Hear then Christ's word of grace, 'Your sins are forgiven'
Thanks be to God
DOXOLOGY O for a thousand tongues to sing (verses 1-3) Hymn AHB 141 TIS 210
WELCOME AND GREETING EACH OTHER
Service of the Word
INTRODUCTION OF THEME: Warnings and rejoicing. The Lord is near.
OLD TESTAMENT Zephaniah 3:14-20 Rejoice and exult with all your heart
FOR THE PSALM Isaiah 12:2-6 Surely God is my salvation
Choir Silent and waiting
EPISTLE Philippians 4:4-11 Rejoice ... the Lord in near
GOSPEL Luke 3:7-18 The preaching of John the Baptist
HYMN Hark! a herald voice is calling AHB 192 TIS 264
HYMN The Lord's Messiah comes [Tune: St Olave, 66 66 66. AHB 154 or Laudes Domini 666D AHB 151 TIS 227]
The Lord's Messiah comes;
God's kingdom to announce.
He calls us to repent,
and all our sins renounce.
His conquest over sin
now gives us peace within.
He breaks into our world,
the light of God to show,
all darkness to dispel,
all evil overthrow.
Let justice now be done,
new life on earth begun.
Lord of the end to come,
your praise we will repeat,
the world you came to save,
you will perfect, complete.
There is no need to fear:
Rejoice, the Lord in near.
© David Beswick 1997 This hymn may be freely reproduced locally for use in worship, with acknowledgment, but not for any commercial purpose without permission.
OFFERING AND DEDICATION
SHARING TIME [Notices, celebrations, requests for intercessions]
A SHORT LITANY FOR ADVENT
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 our God.
Lord Jesus, come soon!
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
COLLECT FOR THE DAY
O God, the fountain of all life and joy, renew us by the power of your Holy Spirit, that we may joyfully run in the way of your commandments and carry to all the good news of our Saviour, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
THE LORD'S PRAYER
The Sending Forth of the People of God
HYMN Where cross the crowded ways of life AHB 532 TIS 608
WORD OF MISSION
DISMISSAL Go in peace to love and serve the Lord:
In the name of Christ. Amen.
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