NOVEMBER 29th AT 11am

First Sunday of Advent - Happy New Year



Grace and peace to you from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. 




Drop down ye heavens from above; and let the skies pour down righteousness.


Be not wroth very sore, O Lord,
neither remember iniquity for ever:
thy holy city is a wilderness,
Sion is a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation:
our holy and our beautiful house,
where our fathers praised thee.


Drop down ye heavens from above; and let the skies pour down righteousness.


Lord have mercy; Christ have mercy; Lord have mercy.


To you O Lord I lift up my soul

My God I trust in you

Show me your ways O Lord

And teach me your paths

We wait upon your loving kindness O Lord

In the midst of your temple

Be strong and do not yield

For God will come to save us




Almighty God, who sent your only-begotten Son to reconcile the world to Yourself;

lift our hearts from the darkness of sin, have mercy upon us,

pardon and forgive us, and raise us to new life, in Jesus Christ our Lord.



FIRST READING read by Carey Coombs


Isaiah 64:1-9
64:1 O that you would tear open the heavens and come down, so that the mountains would quake at your presence--
64:2 as when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes water to boil-- to make your name known to your adversaries, so that the nations might tremble at your presence!
64:3 When you did awesome deeds that we did not expect, you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence.
64:4 From ages past no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who works for those who wait for him.
64:5 You meet those who gladly do right, those who remember you in your ways. But you were angry, and we sinned; because you hid yourself we transgressed.
64:6 We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy cloth. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.
64:7 There is no one who calls on your name, or attempts to take hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us, and have delivered us into the hand of our iniquity.
64:8 Yet, O LORD, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.
64:9 Do not be exceedingly angry, O LORD, and do not remember iniquity forever. Now consider, we are all your people.


This is the word of the Lord

Thanks be to God



1.Hills of the North, rejoice,
Echoing songs arise,
Hail with united voice
Him who made earth and skies:
He comes in righteousness and love,
He brings salvation from above.

2.Isles of the Southern seas,
Sing to the listening earth,
Carry on every breeze
Hope of a world's new birth:
In Christ shall all be made anew,
His word is sure, his promise true.

3.Lands of the East, arise,
He is your brightest morn,
Greet him with joyous eyes.
Praise shall his path adorn:
The God whom you have longed to know
ln Christ draws near, and calls you now.

4.Shores of the utmost West,
Lands of the setting sun,
Welcome the heavenly guest
ln whom the dawn has come:
He brings a never—ending light
Who triumphed o'er our darkest night.

5.Shout, as you journey on,
Songs be in every mouth.
Lo, from the North they come,
From East and West and South:
In Jesus all shall find their rest,
In him the sons of earth be blest.


GOSPEL - Patricia Crole


Mark 13:24-37
13:24 "But in those days, after that suffering, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light,
13:25 and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.
13:26 Then they will see 'the Son of Man coming in clouds' with great power and glory.
13:27 Then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.
13:28 "From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near.
13:29 So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates.
13:30 Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place.
13:31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
13:32 "But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
13:33 Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come.
13:34 It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his slaves in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to be on the watch.
13:35 Therefore, keep awake--for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn,
13:36 or else he may find you asleep when he comes suddenly.
13:37 And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake."





Veni Emmanuel - arranged Zoltan Kodaly


Veni, veni Emmanuel! Captivum solve Israel! Qui gemit in exilio, Privatus Dei Filio, aude, gaude, Emmanuel nascetur pro te, Israel.
Veni o Jesse virgula Ex hostis tuos ungula, De specu tuos tartari Educ, et antro barathri. Gaude, gaude, Emmanuel nascetur pro te, Israel.
Veni, veni o oriens! Solare nos adveniens, Noctis depelle nebulas, Dirasque noctis tenebras. Gaude, gaude, Emmanuel nascetur pro te, Israel.
Veni clavis Davidica Regna reclude coelica, Fac iter Tutum superum, Et claude vias Inferum. Gaude, gaude, Emmanuel nascetur pro te, Israel.
Veni, veni Adonai Qui populo in Sinai Legem dedisti vertice, In maiestate gloriae. Gaude, gaude, Emmanuel nascetur pro te, Israel.



ending in the Collect for Advent



We meet in Christ’s name.

Let us share his peace.



1 On Jordan's bank the Baptist's cry
Announces that the Lord is nigh;
Come then and hearken, for he brings
Glad tidings of the King of kings.


2 Then cleansed be every Christian breast,
And furnished for so great a guest!
Yea, let us each our hearts prepare
For Christ to come and enter there.

3 For thou art our salvation, Lord,
Our refuge and our great reward;
Without thy grace our souls must fade,
And wither like a flower decayed.

4 All praise, eternal Son, to thee
Whose advent sets thy people free,
Whom, with the Father, we adore,
And Spirit blest, for evermore. Amen.




Even as this broken bread

was once scattered over the hills as wheat,

and when gathered together, became one mass,

so let your Church, divided and enslaved by sin,

be gathered together from the ends of the earth

into your kingdom,

for Yours is the Glory and the Power

through Jesus Christ forever.





The Lord be with you

And also with you


Lift up your hearts

We lift them up unto the Lord


Let us give thanks to the Lord our God

It is right to give God thanks and praise.


Worship and praise belong to you, author of light and life.

Out of nothing you formed the heavens and the earth,

and still you create and renew all things.

The Universe proclaims your power until time will be no more.

In Christ your Son, the life of heaven and earth were joined,

sealing the promise of a new creation, given, yet still to come.

For now we know only in part; then we shall fully understand.

In the beginning your spirit brooded over the face of the waters,

calling into being all that is.

And so we wait in joyful hope,

for the fulfilment of all things in the coming of your Son.


As children of your redeeming purpose,

who watch and work for the coming of your Kingdom,

we offer you our praise, with angels and archangels

and the whole company of heaven

singing the hymn of your unending glory.



Holy Holy Holy, Lord God of hosts

Heaven and earth are full of Thy Glory;

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is He who cometh in the name of the Lord

Hosanna in the highest.



Glory and thanksgiving be to you, most loving creator,

for the gift of your son, born in human flesh.

He is the word existing beyond time,

both source and final purpose,

bringing to wholeness all that is made.

Obedient to your will, he died upon the cross.

By your power you raised him from the dead.

He broke the bonds of evil, and set your people free

to be his body in the world.

On the night when he was given up to death,

knowing that his hour had come,

having loved his own, he loved them to the end.

At supper with his disciples

he took bread and offered you thanks.

He broke the bread, and gave it to them, saying,

‘Take, eat. This is my Body: it is broken for you.’


After supper, he took the cup, he offered you thanks, and gave it to them saying:

‘Drink this, all of you. This is my Blood of the new covenant; t is poured out for you, and for all,

that sins may be forgiven.

Do this in remembrance of me.’


We now obey your Son’s command.

We recall his blessed passion and death,

his glorious resurrection and ascension;

and we look for the coming of his Kingdom.

Made one with him, we offer you these gifts

and with them ourselves,

a single, holy, living sacrifice.


Hear us, most merciful God,

and send your Holy Spirit upon us

and upon this bread and this wine,

that, overshadowed by his life-giving power,

they may be the Body and Blood of your Son,

and we may be kindled with the fire of your love 

and renewed for the service of your Kingdom.


Help us, who are baptised

into the fellowship of Christ’s Body,

to live and work to your praise and glory;

may we grow together in unity and love

until at last, in your new creation,

we enter into our heritage,

in the company of the Virgin Mary,

the apostles and prophets,

and of all our brothers and sisters

living and departed.


Through Jesus Christ our Lord, with whom, and in whom,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honour and glory be to you,

Lord of all ages,  world without end.



The living bread is broken for the life of the world.

Lord, unite us in this sign.



As our Saviour Christ has commanded and taught us, we are bold to say;


Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name;

Thy kingdom come; thy will be done;

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread;

and forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory,

for ever and ever.





We do not presume

to come to this holy sacrament, merciful Lord,

because we are strong,

but because we are weak;

not because of our goodness,

but because we need mercy and help.

We come in weakness, and frailty, and humility.

We come because we love the Lord a little,

    and seek to love him more.

We come to take, and eat, in remembrance of you.


Come, Lord Jesus.



Give thanks to the Lord, for he is gracious.

And his mercy endures for ever.


Loving God, your steadfast purpose is the completion of all things in your Son.

May we who have received the pledges of the kingdom,

live by faith, walk in hope and be renewed in love,

until the world reflects your glory and you are all in all;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.




Now may Christ the Sun of Righteousness shine upon us,

and scatter all darkness from before our path;

and the blessing of God Almighty;

the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,

be with us and those for whom we pray,

now and always.




Let us go in peace, to love and serve the Lord

In the name of Christ. Amen.



1 Lo! he comes with clouds descending,
Once for favoured sinners slain;
Thousand thousand saints attending
Swell the triumph of his train:
God appears, on earth to reign.

2 Every eye shall now behold him
Robed in dreadful majesty;
Those who set at nought and sold him,
Pierced and nailed him to the tree,
Deeply wailing
Shall the true Messiah see.

3 Those dear tokens of his passion
Still his dazzling body bears,
Cause of endless exultation
To his ransomed worshippers:
With what rapture
Gaze we on those glorious scars!

4 Yea, Amen! let all adore thee,
High on thine eternal throne;
Saviour, take the power and glory:
Claim the kingdom for thine own:
O come quickly!
Alleluya! Come, Lord, come!

COFFEE TIME - with John Wood


The Officiant begins

The Lord Almighty grant us a peaceful night and a perfect end.



BRETHREN, be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil,

as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

whom resist, stedfast in the faith. 1 St. Peter 5. 8, 9.

    V. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us;
    R. Thanks be to God.

    V. Our help is in the name of the Lord

    R. Who hath made heaven and earth

Then, all kneeling, the Minister and people shall say,

We confess to God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost,

that we have sinned in thought, word, and deed, through our own grievous fault.

Wherefore we pray God to have mercy upon us.

ALMIGHTY God, have mercy upon us, forgive us all our sins and deliver us from evil,

confirm and strengthen us in all goodness, and bring us to life everlasting. Amen.

The Absolution, to be pronounced by the Priest alone.

MAY the Almighty and merciful Lord grant unto you pardon and remission of all your sins,

time for true repentance, amendment of life, and the grace and comfort of the Holy Spirit.


    Minister. O God, make speed to save us;
    Answer. O Lord, make haste to help us.

    Here, all standing up, the Minister shall say,

    Glory be to the Father, and to the Son : and to the Holy Ghost;
    Answer. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be : world without end. Amen.
    Minister. Praise ye the Lord
    Answer. The Lord's Name be praised.


1.O come, O come, Immanuel,
and ransom captive Israel
that mourns in lonely exile here
until the Son of God appear.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Immanuel
shall come to you, O Israel.

2 O come, O Wisdom from on high,
who ordered all things mightily;
to us the path of knowledge show
and teach us in its ways to go.


5 O come, O Key of David, come
and open wide our heavenly home.
Make safe for us the heavenward road
and bar the way to death's abode.


6 O come, O Bright and Morning Star,
and bring us comfort from afar!
Dispel the shadows of the night
and turn our darkness into light.


ANTIPHON - Have mercy upon me O God; and hearken unto my prayer

PSALM 91. Qui habitat.

Whoso dwelleth under the defence of the most High: shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
  2 I will say unto the Lord, Thou art my hope, and my strong hold : my God, in him will I trust
  3 For he shall deliver thee from the snare of the hunter and from the noisome pestilence.
  4 He shall defend thee under his wings, and thou shalt be safe under his feathers : his faithfulness and truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
  5 Thou shalt not be afraid for any terror by night : nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
  6 For the pestilence that walketh in darkness nor for the sickness that destroyeth in the noonday.
  7 A thousand shall fall beside thee, and ten thousand at thy right hand : but it shall not come nigh thee.
  8 Yea, with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the ungodly.
  9 For thou, Lord, art my hope : thou hast set thine house of defence very high.
  10 There shall no evil happen unto thee neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
  11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee : to keep thee in all thy ways.
  12 They shall bear thee in their hands that thou hurt not thy foot against a stone.
  13 Thou shalt go upon the lion and adder : the young lion and the dragon shalt thou tread under thy feet.
  14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him : I will set him up, because he hath known my Name.
  15 He shall call upon me, and I will hear him yea, I am with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and bring him to honour.
  16 With long life will I satisfy him : and shew him my salvation.
  Glory be to the Father, and to the Son : and to the Holy Ghost;
  As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be world without end. Amen.

ANTIPHON - Have mercy upon me O God; and hearken unto my prayer

LESSON; Revelation 21.8-22.7

    V.Into thy hands O lord, I commend my spirit

    R.Into thy hands O Lord, I commend my spirit

    V. For thou has redeemed me, Thou Lord God of truth

    R.I commend my spirit

    V. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost

    R. Into thy hands O Lord, I commend my Spirit

    V. Keep me as the apple of an eye;
    R. Hide me under the shadow of thy wings.


Anthem. Save us, O Lord, while waking, and defend us while sleeping :

that when we are awake we may watch with Christ, and when we sleep we may rest in peace.



My soul doth magnify the Lord;
and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour,
For he hath regarded:
the lowliness of his handmaiden.
For behold from henceforth:
all generations shall call me blessed.
For he that is mighty hath magnified me:
and holy is his Name.
And his mercy is on them that fear him throughout all generations.
He hath shewed strength with his arm:
he hath scatter'd the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
He hath put down the mighty from their seat:
and hath exalted the humble and meek.
He hath filled the hungry with good things:
and the rich he hath sent empty away.
He rememb'ring his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel:
As he promised to our forefathers,
Abraham and his seed forever.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son;
and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be;
world without end, Amen.


Anthem. Save us, O Lord, while waking, and defend us while sleeping :

that when we are awake we may watch with Christ, and when we sleep we may rest in peace.


Our Father which art in heaven,

Hallowed be thy Name,

Thy kingdom come,

Thy will be done,

in earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread;

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive them that trespass against us;

And lead us not into temptation,

But deliver us from evil.



Let us pray.

VISIT, we beseech thee, O Lord, this [habitation],

and drive far from it all the snares of the enemy.

Let thy holy angels dwell herein to preserve us in peace,

and may thy blessing be upon us evermore;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.


BE present, O merciful God, and protect us through the silent hours of this night,

so that we who are wearied by the changes and chances of this fleeting world

may repose upon thy eternal changelessness; through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Almighty God give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness and put upon us the armour of light;

now in the time of this mortal life, in which thy son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility;

that in the last day when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the quick and the dead,

we may rise to the life immortal; through him who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost now and for ever.



Remember, O thou Man,

O thou Man, O thou Man,

Remember, O thou Man,

        Thy time is spent.

Remember, O thou Man,

How thou camest to me then,

And I did what I can.

        Therefore repent.


Remember God's goodness,

O thou Man, O thou Man,

Remember God's goodness

        And promise made.

Remember God's goodness,

How his only Son he sent

Our sins for to redress.

        Be not afraid.


The Angels all did sing,

O thou Man, O thou Man,

The Angels all did sing

        On Sion hill.

The Angels all did sing

Praises to our Heavenly King,

And peace to man living,

        With right good will.


To Bethlehem did they go,

O thou Man, O thou Man,

To Bethlehem did they go

        This thing to see.

To Bethlehem did they go

To see whether it was so,

Whether Christ was born or no,

        To set us free.


In Bethlehem was he born,

O thou Man, O thou Man,

In Bethlehem was he born

        For mankind dear.

In Bethlehem was he born

For us that were forlorn.

And therefore took no scorn

        Our sins to bear.


Give thanks to God always,

O thou Man, O thou Man,

Give thanks to God always

        With hearts most jolly.

Give thanks to God always

Upon this blessed day.

Let all men sing and say,

        Holy, Holy.



    V. We will lay us down in peace and take our rest;
    R. For it is thou, Lord, only that makest us dwell in safety.

    V. Abide with us, Lord

    R. For it is toward evening and the day is far spent

    V. As the watchmen look for morning

    R. So do we look for the Lord Christ

    V. The Lord be with you

    R. And with Thy spirit.

    V. Let us bless the Lord;
    R. Thanks be to God.

The Almighty and merciful Lord, Father, Son, Land Holy Ghost, bless and keep us.




Salve, Regina, Mater misericordiæ, vita, dulcedo, et spes nostra, salve. Ad te clamamus exsules filii Hevæ, Ad te suspiramus, gementes et flentes in hac lacrimarum valle. Eia, ergo, advocata nostra, illos tuos misericordes oculos ad nos converte; Et Jesum, benedictum fructum ventris tui, nobis post hoc exsilium ostende. O clemens, O pia, O dulcis Virgo Maria.


Hail, holy Queen, mother of mercy,

Hail our life, our sweetness, and our hope.

To you we cry, poor banished children of Eve;

to you we send up our sighs,

mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.

Turn, then, most gracious advocate,

your eyes of mercy toward us;

and after this, our exile,

show unto us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus.

O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

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