Christmas Day

Introduction and Call to Worship Today we remember with joy the birth of Christ, God living among and with us, the child in the cradle opening his arms wide to embrace us with unrestrained love. Today’s Readings First Reading Isaiah 52:7-10 As the exiles returning from Babylon triumphantly sing God’s praise, so their song overflows with the good news of our redemption. Second Reading Hebrews 1:1-4 [5-12] The entire history of God’s relation with creation has laid the foundations for the coming of the Son at this time and in this place. Gospel John 1:1-14 The all-powerful Almighty becomes vulnerable flesh to break open the rule of darkness, inviting each one of us to become children of the li

The Fourth Sunday of Advent

Introduction and Call to Worship The waiting is almost over. We come together before God in this time of tinsel and fairy lights and ponder the deeper meaning of the Good News that we are about to celebrate. Today we hear Mary’s story – the great news that she heard and the song that she was inspired to sing, and we venture to sing our own songs of faith, love and compassion. Today’s Readings First Reading Micah 5:2-5a The ancient words of the prophet Micah echo down the centuries and speak of a strange birth, and a ruler of the humblest origins, who will bring security and peace in the name of the Great God. Second Reading Hebrews 10:5-10 The writer to the Hebrews explains the destiny of t

The Third Sunday of Advent

Introduction and Call to Worship As Advent draws on towards Christmas, let us set aside outer busy-ness, and attend to the inner preparation of our hearts as we worship the coming King. Today’s Readings First Reading Zephaniah 3:14-20 The prophet calls God’s people to rejoice: God himself will come down to save them from their troubles and oppressors. His love and power will dispel all fear and shame as he brings his people home. Second Reading Philippians 4:4-7 In the light of the Lord’s imminent return, Paul exhorts Christians to live lives characterised by rejoicing, thanksgiving and prayer-filled dependence. In so doing, they will be enfolded in God’s peace. Gospel Luke 3:7-18

The Second Sunday of Advent

Introduction and Call to Worship Prepare the way of the Lord! We think today about how we prepare for the coming of Jesus, and John the Baptist’s ministry as “a voice crying in the wilderness”. Today’s Readings First Reading Baruch 5:1-9 The prophet offers words of hope to an oppressed people and promises that Israel will be re-clothed and will live in the light of God’s glory. Or Malachi 3:1-4 God is sending his messenger to prepare the way for his coming. Second Reading Philippians 1:3-11 Paul from prison gives thanks for the fellowship of those at Philippi and encourages them to live pure and blameless lives, ready to meet Christ. Gospel Luke 3:1-6 Luke’s introduction to the ministry of J

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