Morning Worship (Second Sunday of Advent)

6th December 2020 11:30

A video of this service [YouTube, 36 min] is available.

Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father, 
and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you
and also with you.

Blessed are you, sovereign Lord, just and true:
to you be praise and glory for ever.
Of old you spoke by the mouth of your prophets,
but in our days you speak through your Son,
whom you have appointed the heir of all things.
Grant us, your people, to walk in his light,
that we may be found ready and watching
when he comes again in glory and judgement;
for you are our light and our salvation.
Blessed be God for ever.

People of God: be glad!
Your God delights in you,
giving you joy for sadness
and turning the dark to light.
Be strong in hope therefore;
for your God comes to save.
You are God’s children.
Lord, make us one in the love of Christ
today and for ever. Amen.

Confession

A voice cries out in the wilderness,
‘Make straight the way of the Lord.’
So let us listen, and turn to the Lord in penitence and faith.

Most merciful God,
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
we confess that we have sinned
in thought, word and deed. 
We have not loved you with our whole heart.
We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves.
In your mercy forgive what we have been, 
help us to amend what we are,
and direct what we shall be;
that we may do justly, love mercy,
and walk humbly with you, our God. Amen.

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

Collect

Almighty God,
purify our hearts and minds,
that when your Son Jesus Christ comes again 
as judge and saviour
we may be ready to receive him,
who is our Lord and our God. Amen.
Old Testament Reading:
Isaiah 40: 1-11
Gospel Reading:
Mark 1: 1-8

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.
Amen.

Blessing

May God himself, the God of peace,
make us perfect and holy,
and keep us safe and blameless, in spirit, soul and body,
for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,
be among us and remain with us always.
Amen. 
  
Let us bless the Lord. 
Thanks be to God. Amen.

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