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LUKE 1:68-79 (A Canticle)
We bless you LORD God:
you have smiled on your people and saved them;
you raised up a saviour from the house of David your servant,
just as you promised through the prophets long ago,
saving us from our enemies and those who would do us in.
You have shown the mercy you promised to our ancestors in the faith
remembering your holy covenant, sworn to Abraham;
to free us from our enemies to serve you,
upright and without fear, all our days.
A child is born to be called the prophet of the Most High;
who is going before you to prepare your ways;
to teach of the salvation to your people by the forgiveness of their sins.
By your tender mercy, O God,
your dawn from on high has broken in upon our lives,
lighting up the darkness, and the shadow of death, in which we sit,
and guiding our feet into your way of peace.

For use in worship, with acknowledgement. © Jeff Shrowder 2000.

Eternal Lord God,
patient beyond human understanding,
that all might be reconciled to you
rather than perish;
all thanks and praise to you,
our Creator, Sustainer, Redeemer.
In your promise we journey,
seeking the reconciliation which you offer now
and the restoration assured
in your dwelling place of justice.
We praise you for your comfort in the wilderness
and your sustaining presence in our adversity;
Your Holy Spirit dwells among us lest we fall asleep;
and keeps us alert,
waiting for that moment of your revelation.
You open our hearts to your reconciling peace,
and empower us to walk in a right relationship
with you, O Lord;
Father, Son and Holy Spirit
to whom be all honour and glory
and praise and thanksgiving.
(Scattered Seeds JBCE 1994. © Jeff Shrowder)
By your tender mercy O God,
the dawn from on high breaks upon us,
to give light to those who sit in darkness
and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the way of peace.
Receive our giving
and our living the way of Jesus,
and let all our service give you glory and praise,
through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

For use in worship, with acknowledgement. © Jeff Shrowder 2000, 2012.

lectionary/ideas-for-advent-and-christmas 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.)
Blessed are you, O Lord our God.
Be a sustaining presence
to those whose path in life
seems a mountain to be climbed,
a rough way with many sharp bends…
Be a light
to those we name aloud
and in silence…
Be a blessing
to those who love and care for them…
Be a wellspring in the desert
to those whose troubles are known only to you.
In Jesus’ name we pray….
      (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


Malachi 3:1-4
Angels from the realms of glory TIS 309
Behold the mountain of the Lord TIS 44l
Comfort, comfort all my people TIS 647
God has spoken by his prophets TIS 158
God himself is present TIS 121
How firm a foundation, you people of God TIS 578
Love divine all loves excelling TIS 217
The voice of God goes out through all the world TIS 282
There’s a light upon the mountain TIS 276
Luke 1:68-79
Behold a Rose is growing TIS 294
Blessed Jesus, at your word TIS 437
Christ whose glory fills the skies TIS 212
I greet you, my Redeemer sure TIS 198
I want to walk as a child of the light TIS 643
O bless the God of Israel TIS 284
O come! O come, Emmanuel TIS 265
Of the Father’s love begotten ere the worlds TIS 290
Philippians 1:3-11
All praise to our redeeming Lord TIS 442
Brother, sister, let me serve you TIS 650
Come, thou long-expected Jesus TIS 272
Father, we give you thanks, who planted TIS 495
I want to walk as a child of the light TIS 643
Love Divine all loves excelling TIS 217
May the mind of Christ my Saviour TIS 609
Now we come, our heavenly Father TIS 462
Refresh my heart, Lord TIS 744
Robe yourself, my soul, with gladness TIS 503
Luke 3:1-6
Christ, when for us you were baptised TIS 250
God has spoken to his people ? hallelujah TIS 636
Hark, a herald voice is calling TIS 264
In Christ there is no east or west TIS 459
Make me a channel ofyour peace TIS 607
On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry TIS 270
Prepare the royal highway
The advent of our God TIS 271
The people that in darkness walked TIS 274
The voice of God goes out through all the world TIS 282

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