Sunday Worship – 3 December 2023

Welcome to our Sunday Service, a busy day today First Sunday of Advent, Gift Sunday and Communion.  If you wish to join us in communion, it will take place after the hymn – Jesus thou joy of loving hearts. As usual our service will be livestreamed on our Facebook page at 1130 prior to being uploaded to YouTube. 

Welcome and Intimations
Call to Worship
(Please join in the words written in brackets).
In this season of prophecy, promise, and preparation,
we come to be renewed and refreshed.
(We come to be inspired by stories of a messiah
who will change the world—and change us.)
We come to listen for word of hope and joy,
promise and challenge.
(We come with open ears, open minds, and open hearts.
We come to receive the blessings God has in store for us
in this season of waiting.)
Come! Let us worship our God —
the One who brings all things to fulfilment.

MP 1350 – Speak, O Lord, as We Come to You
Dedication of Offering
All Ages Talk
Lighting of Advent First Candle

Advent Prayer:
God of Hope, our world has grown cold with despair, with hopelessness, with weariness and dread. Alight in us the fire of Your Spirit, a reminder that death never has the final word, so we might pursue justice and live into Your ways and become living hope in a world that desperately needs it. Amen.

CH4 475 – Christ is coming! let creation
Prayer of Approach and Confession
Bible Readings:
Isaiah 64:1-9
Mark 13:24-37
MP 493 – O come, O come, Emmanuel
CH4 662 – Jesus thou joy of loving hearts
Apostles’ Creed
Holy Communion
MP 102 – Come, thou long-expected Jesus