Welcome to Trinity Sharing In God’s Love ADVENT 1 2nd December 2012 Service with Communion Entrance M: Here is a message for all who are weak, trembling, and worried: "Cheer up! Don't be afraid. Your God is coming." C: We gather to worship in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, our God, our creator, our redeemer, who walks with us and promises to be with us every step of our lives. Amen entrance R: The preparations are in place, the excitement mounts, and for those who are journeying to families, arrangements are finalised, clothes sorted, gifts wrapped and labelled. entrance Two thousand years ago and more, a pregnant girl called Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth who was also expecting. entrance R: As soon as they greeted each other, the baby in Elizabeth's womb kicked out, and she interpreted this as a sign from God that Mary was greatly blessed, because she believed that all God had promised would be fulfilled in her life. entrance R: Father God, when we consider your servant Mary, what we see is a humility and obedience that is so often lacking in our own lives. entrance R: As we hear your Word again, and consider the one through whose body you entered this world, remind us of the meaning of humility and grant us a confidence of faith that knows your promises to us are always fulfilled. C: Amen. hymn We sing (Mary’s Song — The Magnificat) AT260 CAL293 Peter Kearney © Crossover Music, P0 Bos 496, Mittagong NSW 2575. Mary’s song — The Magnificat My soul is praising the Lord, yes! And glad for all he is saving; because the Lord has remembered me — small as I am, poor as I am — all people will call me blessed. Mary’s song — The Magnificat 1. For he that is mighty has done me great things. (Holy his name. Holy his name.) His mercy is reaching from age to age. (Holy his name. Holy his name.) To all those who honour him. Mary’s song — The Magnificat My soul is praising the Lord, yes! And glad for all he is saving; because the Lord has remembered me — small as I am, poor as I am — all people will call me blessed. Mary’s song — The Magnificat 2. For he that is mighty has stretched out his hand. (Scattered the proud, shattered their plans.) He’s pulled down the princes fromtheir golden thrones... (Scattered the proud, shattered their plans.) He has raised to their place the poor. Mary’s song — The Magnificat My soul is praising the Lord, yes! And glad for all he is saving; because the Lord has remembered me — small as I am, poor as I am — all people will call me blessed. Mary’s song — The Magnificat 3. He’s filled up the hungry with many good things. (Earth is renewed, all things renewed.) But the rich, he has sent them all empty away. (Earth is renewed, all things renewed.) He has kept now the promise he made. Mary’s song — The Magnificat My soul is praising the Lord, yes! And glad for all he is saving; because the Lord has remembered me — small as I am, poor as I am — all people will call me blessed. † CONFESSION OF SIN M: Friends in Christ: In this Advent Season we are called to repent, for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand. So let us confess our sins to God our Father, because Jesus Christ has come to forgive us our sins. CONFESSION OF SIN C: O God, as we begin a new church year, as we think of the year passing, we see the reality of the world, hunger, poverty, loneliness, disease, emptiness and despair. Our best efforts seem to change nothing. We are ready to give up. Forgive us. CONFESSION OF SIN C: In this time of Advent, we pray that you would enable us to see the signs of your breaking through the tinsel and glitter we use to hide behind. Help us to face reality with patience and hope instead of becoming indifferent to the world's evil. CONFESSION OF SIN C: Empower us to prepare for Christ's coming as you clean up the clutter of our lives and create a welcoming space for your presence in our lives. Forgiveness OF SIN M: Hear the Good News! God has forgiven you through the birth, life, death and resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Receive God's forgiveness by believing this Good News. Through Christ, God calls each one of us to take our parts in the story of God's love and care, the journey of discipleship. Forgiveness OF SIN C: Lord Jesus Christ, you call us to join the journey and you enable us to begin again and again. We come in our own different ways, walking in our own styles, at our own speeds. Yes, we come to join the journey, we come to be your disciples. Forgiveness OF SIN M: Come, as we walk towards God's future for us: a future of adventure and risk, that demands endurance and patience; a future that offers enrichment and excitement, without the false claims of being easy, a future of discipleship. C: We come to join the journey of Jesus today! Advent candles C: In this season of expectation We prepare to welcome Christ Jesus, Messiah. R: Into the bustle of our lives and the hard to find moments of solitude. Advent candles C: We prepare to welcome Christ Jesus, Messiah R: Into our homes and situations along with friends and families. C: We prepare to welcome Christ Jesus, Messiah R: Into our hearts, and those often hidden parts of our lives. Advent candles C: We prepare to welcome Christ Jesus, Messiah R: For beneath the surface of your story is an inescapable fact. You entered this world as vulnerable as any one of us in order to nail that vulnerability to the cross. Advent candles R: Our fears, our insecurities and our sins and all that can separate us from God are exchanged by your Grace for Love. We cannot comprehend the reasoning only marvel that Salvation comes to us through a baby born in a stable, and reaches out to a world in need. Advent candles C: In this season of anticipation We prepare to welcome Christ Jesus, Messiah. Advent candles C: O God-who-comes, we pray today that your Spirit would revive our spirits. In the light of the advent candles, we pray that your word would rekindle our visions. In this season of Advent, prepare us to receive you as the one who comes as the Babe of Bethlehem and who comes again as the King of kings. Amen. Greeting M: The Lord be with you. C: And also with you Pastor. The Readings R: The first reading for the first Sunday in Advent is written in chapter 61 of Isaiah beginning at verse 1. Isaiah 61:1-11 (CEV) The Spirit of the LORD God has taken control of me! The LORD has chosen and sent me to tell the oppressed the good news, to heal the brokenhearted, and to announce freedom for prisoners and captives. Isaiah 61:1-11 (CEV) 2This is the year when the LORD God will show kindness to us and punish our enemies. The LORD has sent me to comfort those who mourn, 3 especially in Jerusalem. Isaiah 61:1-11 (CEV) He sent me to give them flowers in place of their sorrow, olive oil in place of tears, and joyous praise in place of broken hearts. Isaiah 61:1-11 (CEV) They will be called "Trees of Justice," planted by the LORD to honour his name. 4Then they will rebuild cities that have been in ruins for many generations. Isaiah 61:1-11 (CEV) 5They will hire foreigners to take care of their sheep and their vineyards. 6But they themselves will be priests and servants of the LORD our God. The treasures of the nations will belong to them, and they will be famous. Isaiah 61:1-11 (CEV) 7They were terribly insulted and horribly mistreated; now they will be greatly blessed and joyful forever. 8I, the LORD, love justice! But I hate robbery and injustice. Isaiah 61:1-11 (CEV) My people, I solemnly promise to reward you with an eternal agreement. 9Your descendants will be known in every nation. All who see them will realize that they have been blessed, by me, the LORD. Isaiah 61:1-11 (CEV) 10I celebrate and shout because of my LORD God. His saving power and justice are the very clothes I wear. They are more beautiful than the jewellery worn by a bride or a groom. Isaiah 61:1-11 (CEV) 11The LORD will bring about justice and praise in every nation on earth, like flowers blooming in a garden. R: This is the Word of the Lord. C: Thanks be to God. Psalm 34(CEV) The Psalm is Psalm 34 R: 1I will always praise the LORD. 2With all my heart, I will praise the LORD. C: Let all who are helpless, listen and be glad. Psalm 34(CEV) R: 3Honour the LORD with me! Celebrate his great name. 4I asked the LORD for help, C: and he saved me from all my fears. Psalm 34(CEV) R: 5Keep your eyes on the LORD! You will shine like the sun and never blush with shame. 6I was a nobody, but I prayed, C: and the LORD saved me from all my troubles. Psalm 34(CEV) R: 7If you honour the LORD, his angel will protect you. 8Discover for yourself that the LORD is kind. C: Come to him for protection, and you will be glad. Psalm 34(CEV) R: 9Honour the LORD! You are his special people. C: No one who honours the LORD will ever be in need. Psalm 34(CEV) R: 11Come, my children, listen as I teach you to respect the LORD. C: Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit; As it was in the beginning is now and will be for ever. Amen. 2nd Reading R: The 2nd Reading is written in chapter 4 of 1st Timothy beginning at verse 6. 6If you teach these things to other followers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus. You will show that you have grown up on the teachings about our faith and on the good instructions you have obeyed. 1 Timothy 4: 6-12 7Don't have anything to do with worthless, senseless stories. Work hard to be truly religious. 8-9As the saying goes, "Exercise is good for your body, but religion helps you in every way. It promises life now and forever.” 1 Timothy 4: 6-12 These words are worthwhile and should not be forgotten. 10We have put our hope in the living God, who is the Saviour of everyone, but especially of those who have faith. That's why we work and struggle so hard 11Teach these things and tell everyone to do what you say. 1 Timothy 4: 6-12 12Don't let anyone make fun of you, just because you are young. Set an example for other followers by what you say and do, as well as by your love, faith, and purity. R: This is the Word of the Lord. C: Thanks be to God. Mary (Luke 1:31-38) R: ‘You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.’ Mary (Luke 1:31-38) R: When does an ordinary life Become extraordinary A mundane day Become revolutionary A moment in time Change history? Mary (Luke 1:31-38) R: When God enters in Forgives sin Allows us to Begin again When we repeat Those words of Mary C: ‘May it be to me as you say’ Mary (Luke 1:31-38) R: 'The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. Mary (Luke 1:31-38) R: For nothing is impossible with God. C: "I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May it be to me as you have said.” Mary (Luke 1:31-38) R: Lord God, you choose the very least And raise us up to greatness C: For nothing is impossible with God. R: You take the weak, the poor and blind And raise us up to greatness C: For nothing is impossible with God. Mary (Luke 1:35-38) R: Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. C: His love endures forever. R: Give thanks to the God of gods. C: His love endures forever. R: Give thanks to the Lord of lords: C: His love endures forever. Mary (Luke 1:35-38) R: Teach us obedience, Lord In every part of our lives Ears to hear your word Hands to do your work Feet to walk your path A heart for all your people A mouth to shout your praise A childlike faith Humility Mary (Luke 1:35-38) R: Confidence That says To the possible And the impossible C: I am the Lord's servant May it be to me as you have said. Amen Luke 1:46-55 M: The Gospel is written in chapter 1 of Luke, beginning at verse 46 C: Praise to you, O Lord. M: 46Mary said: With all my heart I praise the Lord, 47and I am glad because of God my Saviour. Luke 1:46-55 48He cares for me, his humble servant. From now on, all people will say God has blessed me. 49God All-Powerful has done great things for me, and his name is holy. 50He always shows mercy to everyone who worships him. Luke 1:46-55 51The Lord has used his powerful arm to scatter those who are proud. 52He drags strong rulers from their thrones and puts humble people in places of power. 53God gives the hungry good things to eat, Luke 1:46-55 and sends the rich away with nothing. 54He helps his servant Israel and is always merciful to his people. 55The Lord made this promise to our ancestors, to Abraham and his family forever! This is the Gospel of the Lord C: Praise to you, O Christ. Luke 1:46-55 R: My soul magnifies the Lord! All is ready Stable prepared Shepherds working Magi journeying Gifts are chosen C: My soul magnifies the Lord! Luke 1:46-55 R: A city awaits Crowded and bustling Stars are shining People expecting A drama unfolding C: My soul magnifies the Lord! Luke 1:46-55 R: The Lord is coming To save his people Mary's obedience Jesus' willingness Your gracious gift to us. C: My soul magnifies the Lord! Luke 1:46-55 R: The Lord is coming To save his people Mary's obedience Jesus' willingness Your gracious gift to us. C: My soul magnifies the Lord! Statement of faith C: We believe in God, the one who comes before us and goes behind us, creating life and opportunities to love and care for the world. We believe in Jesus Christ who walks with us into real life each day. He is God, yet human like us and experienced all life's joys and pains and challenges like we do. Statement of faith C: But his love is so great that not sin nor suffering, nor even death could stop it. Today our Lord Jesus lives and his love continues to bring new life to the world. We believe in the Holy Spirit who comes like the wind and blows in and through us to bring God's power and light to all the world. Statement of faith C: The Spirit breathes life into us, the body of Christ we call the Church, and enables us to follow the way of Christ. We believe in God, who goes before and behind, with, in and through us, bringing hope and life and newness to the world. Amen. Hymn We sing Praise to the Lord, the almighty v.1,2,4,5 LHS 442 CAL 293 Joachim Neander (1650-1680) Tr. Catherine Winkworth, 1863, alt. St. 3: Jeremiah Haak Good, 1863, alt. Praise to the Lord, the almighty 1. Praise to the Lord, the almighty, the king of creation; O my soul, praise Him, for He is thy health and salvation: Join the full throng; Wake, harp and psalter and song, Sound forth in glad adoration. Praise to the Lord, the almighty 2. Praise to the Lord, who o’er all things so wondrously reigneth, Who as on wings of an eagle uplifteth, sustaineth: Hast Thou not seen? All that is needful hath been Granted in what He ordaineth. Praise to the Lord, the almighty 4. Praise to the Lord, who doth prosper thy work and defend thee; Surely His goodness and mercy shall daily attend thee: Ponder anew What the Almighty can do, Who with His love doth befriend thee. Praise to the Lord, the almighty 5. Praise to the Lord, O let all that is in me adore Him. All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before Him. Let the Amen Sound from His people again: Gladly for aye we adore Him. † Sermon Hymn As we give our freewill offerings, we sing I give you my joys and my sorrows AT254 CAL293 Anna-Marie Kaskinen e Anna-MarIe Kaskinen, Malninlldyndle, 3 028. 01350 Vandaa, Finland. I give you my joys and my sorrows 1. I thank you for life, for the life that you gave, my Lord and King. With joy in my heart I will lift up your name. To you I sing. I give you my joys and sorrows, I give you all my tomorrows. Lord, your love will make all things new. I trust in you. I give you my joys and my sorrows 2. The beauty of nature that you let me see amazes me. We long for perfection, you sent us your Son. Life has begun. I give you my joys and sorrows, I give you all my tomorrows. Lord, your love will make all things new. I trust in you. I give you my joys and my sorrows 3. You send me your marvellous peace from above. Peaceful I stand. I will be united with others in love in your new land. I give you my joys and sorrows, I give you all my tomorrows. Lord, your love will make all things new. I trust in you. † Offering C: In response to your promise of life, we offer our life. In response to your promise of love, we offer our love. In response to all of your promises, we offer our gifts. Amen. Offering prayer C: Great God, keep us faithful as we wait for the return of your Son as king. Help us not to get so caught up in the concerns of this life that we forget about the things that really matter. Offering prayer C: Keep us trusting in you, watching and praying, and loving one another and all people. Amen. Prayer of the church Call to prayer M: Our Lord remembers the promises he makes to his people, and does great things for those who call on his name. Let us pray to God our Father in the name of Jesus. Prayer of the church The response, M: Lord, help your servants, C: and remember your mercy. Concluding prayer M: Just as Mary heard your word, trusted you, and bore the fruit of your Spirit, Prayer of the church M: lead us to hear your word and trust you, so that we may live fruitful lives, filled with the joy of your Holy Spirit. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. C: Amen. LITURGY OF THE LorD’s sUPPEr PREFACE M: The Lord be with you. C: And also with you. M: Lift up your hearts. C: We lift them to the Lord. M: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. C: It is right to give our thanks and praise. PREFACE M: It is indeed right and good, Lord God, holy Father, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to you, through Jesus Christ our Lord. PREFACE You fulfilled your promise to comfort your people by sending Jesus the Redeemer, and to make all things new through him when he comes to judge the world and set it right. And so, with angels and archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we adore and praise your glorious name: Holy, holy, holy C: Holy, holy, holy, tender, gentle God. Heaven and earth are full of you. Hosanna, hosanna in the highest and in the low ones. Blessed is the one who comes in Your name. LorD’s PrayEr C: 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. LorD’s PrayEr Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, Now and forever. Amen WORDS OF INSTITUTION M: Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, and said: Take and eat; this is † my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me. 98 WORDS OF INSTITUTION M: In the same way he took the cup, after the supper, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and said, Drink of it, all of you; this is † my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me. 99 COMMUNION INVITATION M: Blessed are those who have been invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb. C: Thanks be to God. M: Come, everything is ready. lamb of god C: Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us. Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us. Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; grant us peace. DISTRIBUTION During the distribution the Minister or his assistant says: Take and eat, this is the body of Christ, given for you. Take and drink, this is the blood of Christ, shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. 102 DISMISSAL M: The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ make you strong in body and soul to life eternal. Go in peace.† C: Amen. 103 POST-COMMUNION Prayer M: Let us pray. C: Thank you, loving heavenly Father, for coming with power to the Virgin Mary and making her the mother of our Lord. Be with us through the healing gift of this sacrament, so that we receive your saving word and rejoice in our Saviour. 104 POST-COMMUNION Prayer C: For he lives with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. 105 Blessing M: Christ the Sun of Righteousness, shine on you and make you ready to meet him when he comes in glory; and the blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit be with you now and always. Amen. C: Amen. 106 dismissal M: Christ has come. C: Christ will come again. M: And Christ goes with you now to sustain you in your journey. C: In the name of Christ. Amen. 107 hymn We sing Tell out, my soul LHS 903 CAL293 Based on the Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55) Timothy Dudley-Smith 1926- Tell out, my soul 1. Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord! Unnumbered blessings, give my spirit voice; tender to me the promise of his Word; in God my Saviour shall my heart rejoice. Tell out, my soul 2. Tell out, my soul, the greatness of his name! Make known his might, the deeds his arm has done; his mercy sure, from age to age the same; his holy name - the Lord, the mighty One. Tell out, my soul 3. Tell out, my soul, the greatness of his might! Powers and dominions lay their glory by. Proud hearts and stubborn wills are put to flight, the hungry fed, the humble lifted high. Tell out, my soul 4. Tell out, my soul, the glories of his Word! Firm is his promise, and his mercy sure. Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord to children’s children and for evermore! † Christ goes with you now to sustain you in your journey. Please stay a while and have a cuppa with us.