Past Services

Gaudete Advent 3 Eucharist 13/12/2020


In the name of the Father,

And of the Son,

And of the Holy Spirit.


Grace and peace be with you

And keep you in the love of Christ.

Lighting of the Candle

Blessed are you, sovereign Lord, just and true: to you be praise and glory forever.

Your prophet John the Baptist was witness to the truth as a burning and shining light

May we your servants rejoice in his light, and so be led to witness to him who is the Lord of our coming kingdom, Jesus our Saviour and King of the ages.

Blessed be God for ever.

 God our Father, you gave to Zechariah and Elizabeth in their old age a son called John.

He grew up strong in spirit, prepared the people for the coming of the Lord, and baptized them in the Jordan to wash away their sins. Help us, who have been baptized into Christ, to be ready to welcome him into our hearts, and to grow strong in faith by the power of the Spirit.

We ask this through Jesus Christ, the light who is coming into the world.


Lord Jesus, light of the world, John told the people to prepare, for you were very near.

As Christmas grows closer day by day, help us to be ready to welcome you now.


People of God: return! You are called to be God’s own. From the mountains announce the good news. God comes in justice and peace, to all who follow his ways. You are God’s children.

Lord, make us one in the peace of Christ today and forever. Amen.

Hymn        (128)

 Come, thou long expected Jesus


A voice cries out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord.’ So let us listen, and turn to the Lord in penitence and faith.

Heavenly Father, you call us to prepare for the coming of your Son: forgive us our unreadiness to receive him : Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you were proclaimed by John the Baptist: help us also to prepare your way.            Christ, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Holy Spirit, you speak through the prophets:

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord God, we praise you for sending light into this world.

We confess that we live as though the light had never defeated darkness.

We confess that we ignore the Saviour you sent to be among us and to live in us.

We’ve kept the birth of your Son confined to the Christmas season and do not yearn for his coming each moment in our waiting hearts.


May the Father forgive you for not opening your eyes to Jesus.

May the Son prepare you for His return.

May the Spirit help you to rejoice in the light,

So that His grace can illuminate

The darkened places of your hearts. Amen.


O Lord Jesus Christ, who at your first coming sent your messenger to prepare your way before you: grant that the ministers and stewards of your mysteries may likewise so prepare and make ready your way by turning the hearts of the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, that at your second coming to judge the world we may be found an acceptable people in your sight; for you are alive and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.


First Reading     

 Isaiah 61.1-4, 8-11

Psalm 126

When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, then were we like those who dream.   Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy.

The Lord has done great things for us.

Then they said among the nations, ‘The Lord has done great things for them.’  The Lord has done great things for us, and we are glad indeed.

The Lord has done great things for us.

Restore our fortunes, O Lord like the watercourses of the Negev.

Those who sowed with tears will reap with songs of joy.

Those who go out weeping, carrying the seed, will come again with joy, shouldering their sheaves.

The Lord has done great things for us.

Second Reading  

1 Thessalonians 5.16–24

Hymn      (527)

 On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry

The Gospel               

Listen to the Gospel of Christ according to Saint Matthew

Glory to you, O Lord

John 1.6-8, 19-28

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ

The Sermon

The Apostles Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.

He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.

He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again.

He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting. Amen.


The Peace

                       (please stand)

May the God of peace make you completely holy, ready for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The peace of the Lord be always with you.


And also, with you.

Let us share with one another a sign of God’s peace.

Hymn    (551)                      O Worship the King

Eucharistic Prayer 3

The Lord is here.

His Spirit is with us.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

It is indeed right and good to give you thanks and praise, almighty God and everlasting Father, through Jesus Christ your Son.

For when he humbled himself to come among us in human flesh, he fulfilled the plan you formed before the foundation of the world to open for us the way of salvation. Confident that your promise will be fulfilled, we now watch for the day when Christ our Lord will come again in glory.

And so we join our voices with angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven to proclaim your glory forever praising you and saying:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.

Hear us, heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord.

Through him accept our sacrifice of praise, and grant that, by the power of your Spirit, these gifts of bread and wine may be for us his body and his blood; who in the same night that he was betrayed took bread and gave you thanks; he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying,

Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you.

Do this in remembrance of me.

In the same way, after supper, he took the cup and gave you thanks; he gave it to them, saying,

Drink from this, all of you; for this is my blood of the new covenant which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.

Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.

Let us proclaim the mystery of faith:

Christ has died.

Christ is risen.

Christ will come in glory.

Therefore, Father, remembering the saving death and resurrection of your Son, we offer to you in thanksgiving this bread and this cup, your gifts to us, and we thank you for counting us worthy to stand in your presence and serve you.

Send your Holy Spirit upon all of us who share this bread and this cup.

Strengthen our faith, make us one and welcome us and all your people into the glorious kingdom of your Son.

Through him, with him, in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honour and glory are yours,

Almighty Father, forever and ever. Amen.

Let us pray with confidence to the Father:

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.

Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now and forever.


The Communion

We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.

Though we are many, we are one body for we all share in one bread.


Jesus, Lamb of God: have mercy on us.

Jesus, bearer of our sins: have mercy on us.

Jesus, redeemer of the world: give us your peace.

God’s holy gifts for God’s holy people.

Jesus Christ is holy,

Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God, the Father.

Communion song Wait for the Lord

 The Sending Out

Give thanks to the Lord for he is gracious.

His love is everlasting.

God of mercy and power, whose Son rules over all, grant us so to live in obedience to your holy will, that at his appearing we may be raised to eternal life; through Jesus Christ our Lord.


The Lord be with you.

And also, with you.

Final Hymn  (282) Hills of the North Rejoice

The Blessing

Christ the Sun of Righteousness shine upon you, scatter the darkness from before your path, and make you ready to meet him when he comes in glory; and the blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, be with you now and evermore.

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

In the name of Christ. Amen.