01B – Advent 1B

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PSALM 80:1-7,17-19
O Shepherd of Israel,
leading Joseph like a flock, listen;
seated upon the Cherubim, shine forth,
before Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh.
Stir up your strength
and come for our salvation.
O God, restore the life we once knew,
let your face shine that we may be saved.
O LORD, God of hosts,
how long will you fume at your people’s prayers?
You have fed us tears for bread,
and given us tears to drink by the flagon.
You have made us a disgrace among our neighbours,
and our enemies ridicule us among themselves.
O God, restore the life we once knew,
let your face shine that we may be saved.
Let your hand be on the one at your right,
upon the person you strengthened for yourself.
Then we will never turn away from you.
Give us life, and we will call upon your name!
O LORD, God of hosts, restore the life we once knew,
let your face shine that we may be saved.

    (A series of intercessions could conclude with the following)
How long, Gracious God;
how long, Shepherd of your flock?
When will you restore the life we once knew;
when will you let your face shine that we may be saved?
Let your hand be on those whose food has been their tears
those drunk with grief and loneliness and pain.
Strengthen for yourself those ridiculed by oppression and helplessness;
give life to those we have named on our lips and in our hearts,
give life to those we cannot name so that they may call upon your name
and never turn away from you;
in Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen

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

Click here for some ideas for worship in Advent and Christmas gleaned from the pages of “On the Move” (now out of print) which was 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 will borrow lightly from other sources e.g. Uniting in Worship 2 or publications of the Iona Community.)

Source of all love,
be a sustaining presence
to those we name on our lips
and in the silence of our hearts…
a blessing to those
who love and care for them…
Tear open the heavens, O God,
and pour out your Spirit
on all who are weighed down with grief;
those whose troubles are known only to you;
those who wait for you;
and be present to those who have no-one,
In Jesus’ name we pray….
(The Prayers of the People continue)

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Try David MacGregor’s Together to Celebrate

Hark the glad sound ! the Saviour comes TIS 269
Jesus calls us! O’er the tumult TIS 589
Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy TIS 613
O day of God, draw nigh TIS 616
Seek, O seek the Lord TIS 464
There’s a light upon the mountains TIS 276
Wake, awake! for night is flying TIS 266
Isaiah 64:1-9
All my hope on God is founded TIS 560
Immortal, invisible, God only wise TIS 143
Jesus where’er thy people meet TIS 445
Lo! he comes with clouds descending TIS 273
Lord of creation, to you be all praise TIS 626
O God of every nation T1S 621
The love of God is greater far TIS 151
Wake, awake! for night is flying TIS 266
Psalm 80: 1-7,17-19
My heart is full of Christ, and longs TIS 214
O come, O come, Emmanuel TIS 265
O shepherd of Israel, hear us TIS 42
Praise to the Holiest in the height TIS 141
Your hand, O God, has guided TIS 456
1 Corinthians 1:3-9
All praise to our redeeming Lord TIS 442
Be still, my soul: the Lord is on your side TIS 123
Great is your faithfulness TIS 154
Sing praise to God who reigns above TIS 110
This, this is the God we adore TIS 220
Mark 13:24-37
A mighty fortress is our God TIS 103
Christmas is coming! TIS 289
Come, thou long-expected Jesus TIS 272
How firm a foundation, you people of God TIS 578
O day of God, draw near TIS 616
Sometimes a light surprises TIS 128
Wake, awake! for night is flying TIS 266

4 thoughts on “01B – Advent 1B”

  1. I truly appreciate your website. Thank you for sharing your insights and all your work. I believe your links to Advent year B are all tied to Year A. The texts are all the texts for year A.
    Peace, Tim

  2. Hi Bill
    I am trying to find this years advent resources and all I can find under year b are the readings from Matthew is this correct
    I was looking for Is 64 and mark 13

    find your resources helpful


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