This week we enjoy music and singing from Manchester, St Alban’s and St Paul’s Cathedrals, but we open our Liturgy of the Word with the virtual choir of Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, Michigan, and hymn 12, On Jordan’s bank …
Almighty God, who sent your servant John the Baptist to prepare your people to welcome the Messiah, inspire us, the ministers and stewards of your truth, to turn our disobedient hearts to you, that when the Christ shall come again to be our judge, we may stand with confidence before his glory; who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
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Advent Prose: Drop down, ye heavens, from above (words) | St Albans Cathedral Parish Singers
Sermon by Rev Sydney Maitland
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We believe in one God, the Father, the almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one substance with the Father. Through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven; by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father. With the Father and the Son, he is worshipped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
• Pray for the world and its people, for those who suffer and those in need …
• Pray for Church and its members, especially Brian S, Jenny M, Douglas N, Catriona M, Stephen M, Andrew H and Rosemary G.
• The Apostle Paul wrote in his letter to the Philippians:
‘Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things.‘
And so let us each bring our own prayers, petitions and thanksgivings to the Lord …
O God, whose will it is that all should find salvation and come to know the truth: receive the prayers and petitions which we offer in faith and love; through him who gave proof of your purpose, and who sacrificed himself to win freedom for all mankind, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Christ the Sun of Righteousness shine upon us and scatter the darkness from before your path; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be among us and remain with us always.
Thy kingdom come, on bended knee (words and music) | Choir of Manchester Cathedral
Let us go in peace, to love and serve the Lord!
J.S. Bach: Nun komm der heiden Heiland (‘Saviour of the nations, come’ or, literally, ‘Now come, Saviour of the heathen’) | Introduced and played by Simon Johnson, organist and assistant director of music at St Paul’s Cathedral, on the OBE Chapel organ, Advent 2, 2014
- The Psalms, individually, at EpiscopalNet.org
- The New English Hymnal: music and words at Hymnal.org
- The Complete New English Hymnal: recordings on Youtube