Morning Prayer:

The 3rd Week of Advent 18th December 2010

St Leo the Great and Sherbrooke – St Gilbert’s

after ecumenical Morning Prayer

O come, O come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel,
that mourns in lonely exile here until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

 O come, thou Rod of Jesse, free thine own from Satan’s tyranny;
from depths of hell thy people save, and give them vic’try  o’er the grave.
Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

 O come, thou dayspring, come and cheer our spirits by thine advent here;
disperse the gloomy clouds of night, and death’s dark shadows put to flight;
Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

 O come, thou key of David, come and open wide our heavenly home;
make safe the way that leads on high, and close the path to misery.
Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel. 

O come, O come, thou Lord of might, who to thy tribes on Sinai’s height
in ancient times didst give the Law in cloud and majesty and awe.
Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

 Collect for the Day: (said by all)

Almighty God,
You have made us and all things to serve you,
Now prepare the world for your rule.
Come quickly to save us,
So that wars and violence shall end,
and your children may live in peace,
Honouring one another with justice and love,
Through Jesus Christ
Who lives in power with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
One God, now and forever. 
Amen.

Canticle:  Tell out my soul  (Timothy Dudley-Smith)

Scripture Reading:  Isaiah 11:1-10

 Reflection:

The first theme of Advent, given to us in the traditional Introit of the 1st Sunday (from Ps 24), is ‘I lift my soul to you, I trust you, Lord my God. No-one who waits on you will ever be put to shame.  Teach me how to live, Lord, show me the way . . . . . ..’    Advent is a time for renewing our confidence in God’s love and care for us, for remembering that God doesn’t change his mind about us, or give up on us, and that he hasn’t walked away from us.  It is a time for accepting our humanity with all our limitations, to try again to be open to the guidance of God, and so to ‘lift up my soul’ with confidence.

The Apostles Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,
Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
born of the virgin Mary,
 suffered under Pontius Pilate,
 was crucified, dead, and buried;
He descended into hell.
The third day He arose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven,
 and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
 from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost;
 the Holy Catholic church;
 the Communion of Saints;
 the Forgiveness of Sins;
 the Resurrection of the Body;
 and the Life Everlasting.
Amen.

Prayers of Intercession

Almighty God, in this season give us grace to wait for your message, that we might faithfully serve you.
Lord, show us your way.

 Help us to tell this wonderful; story of Coming, that others might hear the Good News.
Lord, give us voice to proclaim your love.

 Many are struggling with health issues or personal worries, O God, help them to experience your peace.
Use us, O God, to bring your peace.

 There is excitement in the voices of the young as they prepare to celebrate.
May we help them to understand your gift for them and all humanity.

 The Lord’s Prayer:Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name,
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors;
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, forever. 
Amen.

Hymn:  When out of poverty is born (CH4 No 291)