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PSALM 146:5-10 
How complete are those whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the LORD their God,
maker of heaven and earth,
the sea and everything in them;
who is faithful to those treated unjustly;
who carries out justice to the oppressed;
who gives bread to the hungry:
the LORD sets prisoners free.
The LORD opens the eyes of the blind,
and raises up those bowed by oppression
the LORD loves the godly,
and watches out for the alien,
the LORD comes to the help of the orphan and the widow,
but he sabotages the domination of the wicked.
The LORD will reign for ever;
your God, O Zion, from generation to generation.

Praise the LORD.
With the very core of my being and every part of my life
I want to bless you, LORD God.
I want to celebrate my God with music and song while I live.
There is nothing to be gained
by putting all my trust in the powerful people:
when their breath leaves them, they return to the dust,
and their clever plans crumble with them.
But the person who looks to the God of Jacob for help,
ah, how fortunate.
Like this person I want to put my hope in the LORD,
the God who made the heavens and the earth, the sea,
and everything in them;
who maintains a kindness that endures for ever;
who brings about justice for those trampled by society,
and gives food to those hungry for dignity, love and self-worth;
who breaks the shackles
of those imprisoned by hopelessness, circumstance or habit;
who enables the blind to see again, to see life in its fullness;
who raises up those bent over by the burden of life;
who loves the upright;
who cares for those separated from their home culture;
who helps the fatherless and the widow,
but who brings ruin to the way of the wicked.
The LORD shall reign for ever;
our God, generation after generation.

For the Third Sunday in Advent – Year A
Liberating God,
break into the prison which we build
around the life you give us.
We are busy and expectant,
preparing to celebrate;
too busy to heed the cry of the Share Appeal,
the Smith Family, the homeless young
and others we would push aside.
We are busy and expectant,
preparing to celebrate again the birth
of the one who would bring good news
to the blind, the lame and the poor;
preparing to celebrate again the birth
of one pushed aside,
into a cowshed, out of the way.
We too, are blind and lame and poor . . .
Restore us, healing God.

Generous God,
creator and giver of life;
through your goodness
we have these gifts to share.
Accept and use
the offerings of our hearts and our hands
for your glory
and the service of your realm. Amen

For use in worship, with acknowledgement. © Jeff Shrowder 1999, 2013.

A CREATIVE MOMENT – Matthew 11:2-11
The blue cloth symbolising the Flood, baptism and John the Baptist over the past two weeks, this week symbolises healing, blessing and birth, and the one for who the messenger prepares the way. Again, the stones used last week could be used again to symbolise the wilderness

Click here for some ideas for worship in Advent and Christmas gleaned from the pages of “On the Move” (now out of print) originally published by the Joint Board of Christian Education, Melbourne, Australia.

(A prayer to gather the spoken and silent concerns/joys/thanks expressed by the congregation and lead into a more structured Intercession with connection to the lections for the day. Sometimes this prayer borrows lightly from other sources e.g. Uniting in Worship 2 or publications of the Iona Community.)

Loving God,
hear the prayers we offer for others.
Fill your people with love, hope and life
and cause us to celebrate with the joyful,
mourn with the sorrowful,
sit quietly with the weary,
and encourage the eager.
Touch us with your breath of grace,
that in our following the way of Jesus
we may be your presence to others.
         (The Prayers of the People continue)

Looking for contemporary music and song resources?
Try David MacGregor’s Together to Celebrate
Or metrical psalms? Try Dale A. Schoening’s Sing the Psalms

Brightest & best of the stars of the morning TIS 310
Christ is the world’s true light TIS 238
Come, thou long-expected Jesus TIS 272
Come,thou long expected Jesus TIS 272
Hail to the Lord’s annointed TIS 275
Hark the glad sound! The Saviour comes TIS 269
I’ll praise my maker while I’ve breath, TIS 90
Jesus shall reign where’er the sun TIS 207
Jesus’ hands were kind hands TIS 236
Light one candle for hope TIS 286
O come, O come, Emmanuel TIS 265
On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry TIS 270
Sing a new song, sing a new song TIS 166
The advent of our God TIS 271
When God almighty came to be one of us TIS 281
Isaiah 35:1-10
Be still, my soul: the Lord is on your side; TIS 123
Give thanks with a greatful heart TIS 717
Lord, we are blind TIS 633
O come! O come, Emmanuel TIS 265
O for a thousand tongues to sing. TIS 210
Our God, we kmow your providence TIS 169
The voice of God goes out to all the world TIS 282
There’s a light upon the mountain TIS 276
Psalm 146:5-10
Fill my whole life, O Lord my God TIS 596
I’ll praise my maker while I’ve breath, TIS 90
Let all the world in every corner sing TIS 105
My Jesus, my Saviour Lord, there is none like you TIS 738
Sing Praise to God who reigns above, TIS 110
James 5:7-10
Come, thou long expected Jesus TIS 272
If we trust in God to guide us TIS 554
Your coming, Lord, to earth in Bethlehem TIS 285
Matthew 11:2-11
Jesus Christ is waiting TIS 665
Joy to the world! TIS 268
O for a thousand tongues to sing TIS 210
On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry TIS 270

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