Morning Worship (Second Sunday before Advent)

15th November 2020 10:00

A video of this service [YouTube, 33 min] is available.

Faithful one, whose word is life:
come with saving power to free our praise,
inspire our prayer and shape our lives
for the kingdom of your Son
Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


Compassion and forgiveness belong to the Lord our God,
though we have rebelled against him.
Let us then renounce our willfulness and ask his mercy
by confessing our sins in penitence and faith.

God our Father, 
we come to you in sorrow for our sins:
For turning away from you 
and ignoring your will for our lives:
Father, forgive us:  save us and help us.

For failing you by what we do, 
and think and say:
Father, forgive us:  save us and help us.

For letting ourselves be drawn away from you
by temptations in the world about us:
Father, forgive us:  save us and help us.

For living as if we were ashamed 
to belong to your Son:
Father, forgive us:  save us and help us.

May the God of love and power
forgive us and free us from our sins,
heal and strengthen us by his Spirit,
and raise us to new life 
in Christ our Lord.  Amen.


Heavenly Lord,
you long for the world's salvation:
stir us from apathy,
restrain us from excess
and revive in us new hope
that all creation will one day be healed
in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Old Testament Reading:
Zephaniah 1: 12 - 18
New Testament Reading:
1 Thessalonians 5: 1-11
Gospel Reading:
Matthew 25: 14-30


Let us affirm our faith in Jesus Christ the Son of God.
Though he was divine, 
he did not cling to equality with God, 
but made himself nothing.  
Taking the form of a slave, 
he was born in human likeness.  
He humbled himself and was obedient to death, 
even the death of the cross.  
Therefore God has raised him on high, 
and given him the name above every name: 
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, 
and every voice proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord, 
to the glory of God the Father.  Amen.


The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.


Christ our exalted King pour upon us his abundant gifts
and bring us to reign with him in glory;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,
be among us and remain with us always.

Let us bless the Lord. 
Thanks be to God. Amen.