Morning Worship (Third Sunday of Advent)

13th December 2020 11:300

A video of this service [YouTube, 40 min] is available.

The Lord our God, the Almighty reigns.
Let us rejoice and shout for joy,
giving God the glory.

Blessed are you, sovereign Lord, just and true:
to you be praise and glory for ever.
Your prophet John the Baptist was witness to the truth
as a burning and shining light.
May we your servants rejoice in his light,
and so be led to witness to him
who is the Lord of our coming kingdom,
Jesus our Saviour and King of the ages.
Blessed be God for ever.

People of God: return!
You are called to be God’s own.
From the mountains announce the good news.
God comes in justice and peace,
to all who follow his ways.
You are God’s children.
Lord, make us one in the peace of Christ
today and for ever. Amen.


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.

Lord our God,
in our sin we have avoided your call.
Our love for you is like a morning cloud,
like the dew that goes away early.
Have mercy on us;
deliver us from judgement;
bind up our wounds and revive us
in Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

May the almighty and merciful Lord
grant us pardon and forgiveness from all our sins,
time for amendment of life,
and the grace and strength of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


God for whom we watch and wait,
you sent John the Baptist to prepare the way of your Son:
give us courage to speak the truth,
to hunger for justice,
and to suffer for the cause of right,
with Jesus Christ our Lord.
Old Testament Reading:
Isaiah 61: 1-4, 8-11
New Testament Reading:
1 Thessalonians 5: 16-24
Gospel Reading:
John 1: 6-8, 19-28

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.


May God give to us and to all those whom we love
his comfort and his peace, his light and his joy,
in this world and the next;
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.