Morning Worship (Fourth Sunday of Advent)
20th December 2020 11:30
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We meet to celebrate the coming of Christ into the world. The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us and we beheld his glory. Blessed are you, sovereign Lord, merciful and gentle: to you be praise and glory for ever. Your light has shone in our darkened world through the child-bearing of blessed Mary; grant that we who have seen your glory may daily be renewed in your image and prepared like her for the coming of your Son, who is the Lord and Saviour of all. Blessed be God for ever. People of God: prepare! God, above all, maker of all, is one with us in Christ. Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus! God, the mighty God, bends down in love to earth. Lord Jesus, light of the world, bless your Church preparing for Christmas; and bless us your children, who long for your coming. Amen.
Christ the light of the world has come to dispel the darkness of our hearts. In his light let us confess our sins. Christ came in humility to share our lives: forgive our pride. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Christ came with good news for all people: forgive our silence. Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Christ came in love to a world of suffering: forgive our self-centeredness. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. May almighty God, who sent his Son into the world to save sinners, bring us his pardon and peace, now and for ever. Amen.
Eternal God, as Mary waited for the birth of your Son, so we wait for his coming in glory; bring us through the birth pangs of this present age to see, with her, our great salvation in Jesus Christ our Lord. 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. Amen.
Our Lord says, ‘I am coming soon.’ Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. May the Lord, when he comes, find us watching and waiting. Amen. 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.
Prayers taken from Common Worship: Times and Seasons © The Archbishops’ Council 2006