Saturday 6 January 2018 Alternative 2 of 2 Epiphany or Year B

Reading Notes:

Use this provision if the Epiphany is celebrated on Saturday 6 January and the Baptism of Christ is celebrated on Sunday 7 January.

Collect

O God,

who by the leading of a star

manifested your only Son to the peoples of the earth:

mercifully grant that we,

who know you now by faith,

may at last behold your glory face to face;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

or

Creator of the heavens,

who led the Magi by a star

to worship the Christ-child:

guide and sustain us,

that we may find our journey’s end

in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Readings

Isaiah 60.1-6

60

Arise, shine; for your light has come,

and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.

2 For darkness shall cover the earth,

and thick darkness the peoples;

but the Lord will arise upon you,

and his glory will appear over you.

3 Nations shall come to your light,

and kings to the brightness of your dawn.

4 Lift up your eyes and look around;

they all gather together, they come to you;

your sons shall come from far away,

and your daughters shall be carried on their nurses’ arms.

5 Then you shall see and be radiant;

your heart shall thrill and rejoice,

because the abundance of the sea shall be brought to you,

the wealth of the nations shall come to you.

6 A multitude of camels shall cover you,

the young camels of Midian and Ephah;

all those from Sheba shall come.

They shall bring gold and frankincense,

and shall proclaim the praise of the Lord.

This is the word of the Lord.

AllThanks be to God.

Psalm 72. [1-9] 10-15

[

1  Give the king your judgements, O God, •

and your righteousness to the son of a king.

2  Then shall he judge your people righteously •

and your poor with justice.

3  May the mountains bring forth peace, •

and the little hills righteousness for the people.

4  May he defend the poor among the people, •

deliver the children of the needy and crush the oppressor.

5  May he live as long as the sun and moon endure, •

from one generation to another.

6  May he come down like rain upon the mown grass, •

like the showers that water the earth.

7  In his time shall righteousness flourish, •

and abundance of peace

till the moon shall be no more.

8  May his dominion extend from sea to sea •

and from the River to the ends of the earth.

9  May his foes kneel before him •

and his enemies lick the dust.

] 10  The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall pay tribute; •

the kings of Sheba and Seba shall bring gifts.

11  All kings shall fall down before him; •

all nations shall do him service.

12  For he shall deliver the poor that cry out, •

the needy and those who have no helper.

13  He shall have pity on the weak and poor; •

he shall preserve the lives of the needy.

14  He shall redeem their lives from oppression and violence, •

and dear shall their blood be in his sight.

15  Long may he live;

unto him may be given gold from Sheba; •

may prayer be made for him continually

and may they bless him all the day long.

Ephesians 3.1-12

3

This is the reason that I Paul am a prisoner for Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles— 2for surely you have already heard of the commission of God’s grace that was given to me for you, 3and how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I wrote above in a few words, 4a reading of which will enable you to perceive my understanding of the mystery of Christ. 5In former generations this mystery was not made known to humankind, as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit: 6that is, the Gentiles have become fellow-heirs, members of the same body, and sharers in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.

7 Of this gospel I have become a servant according to the gift of God’s grace that was given to me by the working of his power. 8Although I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given to me to bring to the Gentiles the news of the boundless riches of Christ, 9and to make everyone see what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things; 10so that through the church the wisdom of God in its rich variety might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. 11This was in accordance with the eternal purpose that he has carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12in whom we have access to God in boldness and confidence through faith in him.

This is the word of the Lord.

AllThanks be to God.

Gospel Reading

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew.

AllGlory to you, O Lord.

Matthew 2.1-12

2

In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, 2asking, ‘Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.’ 3When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; 4and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. 5They told him, ‘In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet:

6 “And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,

are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;

for from you shall come a ruler

who is to shepherd my people Israel.” ’

7 Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. 8Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, ‘Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.’ 9When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. 11On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure-chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 12And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

AllPraise to you, O Christ.

Post Communion

Lord God,

the bright splendour whom the nations seek:

may we who with the wise men have been drawn by your light

discern the glory of your presence in your Son,

the Word made flesh, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Sunday 31 December 2017 1st Sunday of Christmas Year B

Almighty God,

who wonderfully created us in your own image

and yet more wonderfully restored us

through your Son Jesus Christ:

grant that, as he came to share in our humanity,

so we may share the life of his divinity;

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

or

God in Trinity,

eternal unity of perfect love:

gather the nations to be one family,

and draw us into your holy life

through the birth of Emmanuel,

our Lord Jesus Christ.

Readings

Isaiah 61.10-62.3

10 I will greatly rejoice in the Lord,

my whole being shall exult in my God;

for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation,

he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,

as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland,

and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

11 For as the earth brings forth its shoots,

and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up,

so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise

to spring up before all the nations.

62

For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent,

and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest,

until her vindication shines out like the dawn,

and her salvation like a burning torch.

2 The nations shall see your vindication,

and all the kings your glory;

and you shall be called by a new name

that the mouth of the Lord will give.

3 You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord,

and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.

This is the word of the Lord.

AllThanks be to God.

Psalm 148

1  Alleluia.

Praise the Lord from the heavens; •

praise him in the heights.

2  Praise him, all you his angels; •

praise him, all his host.

3  Praise him, sun and moon; •

praise him, all you stars of light.

4  Praise him, heaven of heavens, •

and you waters above the heavens.

5  Let them praise the name of the Lord, •

for he commanded and they were created.

6  He made them fast for ever and ever; •

he gave them a law which shall not pass away.

7  Praise the Lord from the earth, •

you sea monsters and all deeps;

8  Fire and hail, snow and mist, •

tempestuous wind, fulfilling his word;

9  Mountains and all hills, •

fruit trees and all cedars;

10  Wild beasts and all cattle, •

creeping things and birds on the wing;

11  Kings of the earth and all peoples, •

princes and all rulers of the world;

12  Young men and women,

old and young together; •

let them praise the name of the Lord.

13  For his name only is exalted, •

his splendour above earth and heaven.

14  He has raised up the horn of his people

and praise for all his faithful servants, •

the children of Israel, a people who are near him.

Alleluia.

or Psalm [ 148.7-end]

[ 7  Praise the Lord from the earth, •

you sea monsters and all deeps;

8  Fire and hail, snow and mist, •

tempestuous wind, fulfilling his word;

9  Mountains and all hills, •

fruit trees and all cedars;

10  Wild beasts and all cattle, •

creeping things and birds on the wing;

11  Kings of the earth and all peoples, •

princes and all rulers of the world;

12  Young men and women,

old and young together; •

let them praise the name of the Lord.

13  For his name only is exalted, •

his splendour above earth and heaven.

14  He has raised up the horn of his people

and praise for all his faithful servants, •

the children of Israel, a people who are near him.

Alleluia.

]

Galatians 4.4-7

4But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children. 6And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, ‘Abba! Father!’ 7So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.

This is the word of the Lord.

AllThanks be to God.

Gospel Reading

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke.

AllGlory to you, O Lord.

Luke 2.15-21

15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.’ 16So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. 17When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; 18and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. 19But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. 20The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

21 After eight days had passed, it was time to circumcise the child; and he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

AllPraise to you, O Christ.

Post Communion

Heavenly Father,

whose blessed Son shared at Nazareth the life of an earthly home:

help your Church to live as one family,

united in love and obedience,

and bring us all at last to our home in heaven;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Christmas Day Dec 25, 2017 white

The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Christmas Day

  Collect: One/IOne/IIOne/III, IV

  Collect: Two/ITwo/IITwo/III, IV

  Preface: OneTwo

  Vigil Service

    Lesson: Isaiah 9:2-7

    Psalm: Psalm 96

    Epistle: Titus 2:11-14

    Gospel: Luke 2:1-14(15-20)

  Early Service

    Lesson: Isaiah 62:6-12

    Psalm: Psalm 97

    Epistle: Titus 3:4-7

    Gospel: Luke 2:(1-7)8-20

  Principal Service

    Lesson: Isaiah 52:7-10

    Psalm: Psalm 98

    Epistle: Hebrews 1:1-4(5-12)

    Gospel: John 1:1-14

  Evening Service

    Lesson: Isaiah 52:7-10

    Psalm: Psalm 98

    Epistle: Hebrews 1:1-4(5-12)

    Gospel: John 1:1-14

  Office Readings

    Micah 4:1-5; 5:2-4

    1 John 4:7-16

    John 3:31-36

  Morning Prayer

    Psalm Appointed: Psalms 2, 85

    30 Day: Psalm 119:33-72

  Evening Prayer

    Psalm Appointed: Psalms 110:1-5(6-7); 132

    30 Day: Psalm 119:73-104

Christmas Day

December 25
Selection II, RCL
All Years

Isaiah 62:6-12

Titus 3:4-7

Luke 2:(1-7)8-20

Psalm 97

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The Collect

O God, you make us glad by the yearly festival of the birth of your only Son Jesus Christ: Grant that we, who joyfully receive him as our Redeemer, may with sure confidence behold him when he comes to be our Judge; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

or this

O God, you have caused this holy night to shine with the brightness of the true Light: Grant that we, who have known the mystery of that Light on earth, may also enjoy him perfectly in heaven; where with you and the Holy Spirit he lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

or this

Almighty God, you have given your only-begotten Son to take our nature upon him, and to be born [this day] of a pure virgin: Grant that we, who have been born again and made your children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by your Holy Spirit; through our Lord Jesus Christ, to whom with you and the same Spirit be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

Old Testament

Isaiah 62:6-12

Upon your walls, O Jerusalem, I have posted sentinels;

all day and all night

they shall never be silent.

You who remind the Lord,

take no rest,

and give him no rest

until he establishes Jerusalem

and makes it renowned throughout the earth.

The Lord has sworn by his right hand

and by his mighty arm:

I will not again give your grain

to be food for your enemies,

and foreigners shall not drink the wine

for which you have labored;

but those who garner it shall eat it

and praise the Lord,

and those who gather it shall drink it

in my holy courts.

Go through, go through the gates,

prepare the way for the people;

build up, build up the highway,

clear it of stones,

lift up an ensign over the peoples.

The Lord has proclaimed

to the end of the earth:

Say to daughter Zion,

“See, your salvation comes;

his reward is with him,

and his recompense before him.”

They shall be called, “The Holy People,

The Redeemed of the Lord”;

and you shall be called, “Sought Out,

A City Not Forsaken.”

The Psalm

Psalm 97

Dominus regnavit

1 The Lord is King;

let the earth rejoice; *

let the multitude of the isles be glad.

2 Clouds and darkness are round about him, *

righteousness and justice are the foundations of his throne.

3 A fire goes before him *

and burns up his enemies on every side.

4 His lightnings light up the world; *

the earth sees it and is afraid.

5 The mountains melt like wax at the presence of the Lord, *

at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.

6 The heavens declare his righteousness, *

and all the peoples see his glory.

7 Confounded be all who worship carved images

and delight in false gods! *

Bow down before him, all you gods.

8 Zion hears and is glad, and the cities of Judah rejoice, *

because of your judgments, O Lord.

9 For you are the Lord,

most high over all the earth; *

you are exalted far above all gods.

10 The Lord loves those who hate evil; *

he preserves the lives of his saints

and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.

11 Light has sprung up for the righteous, *

and joyful gladness for those who are truehearted.

12 Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous, *

and give thanks to his holy Name.

The New Testament

Titus 3:4-7

When the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but according to his mercy, through the water of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit. This Spirit he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

The Gospel

Luke 2:(1-7) 8-20

[In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.]

In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see– I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest heaven,

and on earth peace among those whom he favors!”

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

Optional parts of the readings are set off in square brackets.

The Bible texts of the Old Testament, Epistle and Gospel lessons are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Church of Christ in the USA, and used by permission.

The Collects, Psalms and Canticles are from the Book of Common Prayer, 1979.

Sunday, December 24, 2017, Year B / II Advent, Purple or Blue

Advent, Purple or Blue

Christmas Eve

  Collect: OneTwo Preface: OneTwo

  Office Readings

    Isaiah 59:15b-21

    Philippians 2:5-11

  Evening Prayer

    Psalm Appointed: Psalm 89:1-29

    30 Day: Psalm 119:1-32

The Fourth Sunday of Advent

  Collect: OneTwo Preface: OneTwo

  Lesson: 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16

  Psalm: Canticle 3orCanticle 15orPsalm 89:1-4, 19-26

  Epistle: Romans 16:25-27

  Gospel: Luke 1:26-38

  Office Readings

    Genesis 3:8-15

    Revelation 12:1-10

    John 3:16-21

  Morning Prayer

    Psalm Appointed: Psalms 24, 29

    30 Day: Psalms 116, 117, 118

  Evening Prayer

    Psalm Appointed: Psalms 8, 84

    30 Day: Psalm 119:1-32

December 24

  Preface: OneTwo

  Office Readings

    Baruch 4:36—5:9

    Galatians 3:23—4:7

    Matthew 1:18-25

  Morning Prayer

    Psalm Appointed: Psalms 45, 46

    30 Day: Psalms 116, 117, 118

Purify our conscience, Almighty God, by your daily visitation, that your Son Jesus Christ, at his coming, may find in us a mansion prepared for himself; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Old Testament

2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16

When the king was settled in his house, and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies around him, the king said to the prophet Nathan, “See now, I am living in a house of cedar, but the ark of God stays in a tent.” Nathan said to the king, “Go, do all that you have in mind; for the Lord is with you.”

But that same night the word of the Lord came to Nathan: Go and tell my servant David: Thus says the Lord: Are you the one to build me a house to live in? I have not lived in a house since the day I brought up the people of Israel from Egypt to this day, but I have been moving about in a tent and a tabernacle. Wherever I have moved about among all the people of Israel, did I ever speak a word with any of the tribal leaders of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, saying, “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?” Now therefore thus you shall say to my servant David: Thus says the Lord of hosts: I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep to be prince over my people Israel; and I have been with you wherever you went, and have cut off all your enemies from before you; and I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth. And I will appoint a place for my people Israel and will plant them, so that they may live in their own place, and be disturbed no more; and evildoers shall afflict them no more, as formerly, from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel; and I will give you rest from all your enemies. Moreover the Lord declares to you that the Lord will make you a house. Your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me; your throne shall be established forever.

The Response

Canticle 15

The Song of Mary Magnificat

Luke 1:46-55

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,

my spirit rejoices in God my Savior; *

for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.

From this day all generations will call me blessed: *

the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name.

He has mercy on those who fear him *

in every generation.

He has shown the strength of his arm, *

he has scattered the proud in their conceit.

He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, *

and has lifted up the lowly.

He has filled the hungry with good things, *

and the rich he has sent away empty.

He has come to the help of his servant Israel, *

for he has remembered his promise of mercy,

The promise he made to our fathers, *

to Abraham and his children for ever.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *

as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

or

Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26

Misericordias Domini

1 Your love, O Lord, for ever will I sing; *

from age to age my mouth will proclaim your faithfulness.

2 For I am persuaded that your love is established for ever; *

you have set your faithfulness firmly in the heavens.

3 “I have made a covenant with my chosen one; *

I have sworn an oath to David my servant:

4 ‘I will establish your line for ever, *

and preserve your throne for all generations.'”

19 You spoke once in a vision and said to your faithful people: *

“I have set the crown upon a warrior

and have exalted one chosen out of the people.

20 I have found David my servant; *

with my holy oil have I anointed him.

21 My hand will hold him fast *

and my arm will make him strong.

22 No enemy shall deceive him, *

nor any wicked man bring him down.

23 I will crush his foes before him *

and strike down those who hate him.

24 My faithfulness and love shall be with him, *

and he shall be victorious through my Name.

25 I shall make his dominion extend *

from the Great Sea to the River.

26 He will say to me, ‘You are my Father, *

my God, and the rock of my salvation.’

The Epistle

Romans 16:25-27

Now to God who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages but is now disclosed, and through the prophetic writings is made known to all the Gentiles, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith– to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever! Amen.

The Gospel

Luke 1:26-38

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” The angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God. And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.” Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.

Optional parts of the readings are set off in square brackets.

The Bible texts of the Old Testament, Epistle and Gospel lessons are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Church of Christ in the USA, and used by permission.

The Collects, Psalms and Canticles are from the Book of Common Prayer, 1979.

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Sunday 17 December 2017 3rd Sunday of Advent O Sapientia Year B

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

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

or

God for whom we watch and wait,

you sent John the Baptist to prepare the way of your Son:

give us courage to speak the truth,

to hunger for justice,

and to suffer for the cause of right,

with Jesus Christ our Lord.

Readings

Isaiah 61.1-4, 8-end

61

The spirit of the Lord God is upon me,

because the Lord has anointed me;

he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed,

to bind up the broken-hearted,

to proclaim liberty to the captives,

and release to the prisoners;

2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour,

and the day of vengeance of our God;

to comfort all who mourn;

3 to provide for those who mourn in Zion—

to give them a garland instead of ashes,

the oil of gladness instead of mourning,

the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit.

They will be called oaks of righteousness,

the planting of the Lord, to display his glory.

4 They shall build up the ancient ruins,

they shall raise up the former devastations;

they shall repair the ruined cities,

the devastations of many generations.

8 For I the Lord love justice,

I hate robbery and wrongdoing;

I will faithfully give them their recompense,

and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.

9 Their descendants shall be known among the nations,

and their offspring among the peoples;

all who see them shall acknowledge

that they are a people whom the Lord has blessed.

10 I will greatly rejoice in the Lord,

my whole being shall exult in my God;

for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation,

he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,

as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland,

and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

11 For as the earth brings forth its shoots,

and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up,

so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise

to spring up before all the nations.

This is the word of the Lord.

AllThanks be to God.

Psalm 126

1  When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, 

then were we like those who dream.

2  Then was our mouth filled with laughter 

and our tongue with songs of joy.

3  Then said they among the nations, 

‘The Lord has done great things for them.’

4  The Lord has indeed done great things for us, 

and therefore we rejoiced.

5  Restore again our fortunes, O Lord, 

as the river beds of the desert.

6  Those who sow in tears 

shall reap with songs of joy.

7  Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed, 

will come back with shouts of joy,

bearing their sheaves with them.

Magnificat

Magnificat (The Song of Mary)

1            My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,

my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour;  

he has looked with favour on his lowly servant.

2            From this day all generations will call me blessed;  

the Almighty has done great things for me

and holy is his name.

3            He has mercy on those who fear him,  

from generation to generation.

4            He has shown strength with his arm  

and has scattered the proud in their conceit,

5            Casting down the mighty from their thrones  

and lifting up the lowly.

6            He has filled the hungry with good things  

and sent the rich away empty.

7            He has come to the aid of his servant Israel,  

to remember his promise of mercy,

8            The promise made to our ancestors,  

to Abraham and his children for ever.

Luke 1.46-55

This is the word of the Lord.

AllThanks be to God.

1 Thessalonians 5.16-24

16Rejoice always, 17pray without ceasing, 18give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 19Do not quench the Spirit. 20Do not despise the words of prophets, 21but test everything; hold fast to what is good; 22abstain from every form of evil.

23 May the God of peace himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do this.

This is the word of the Lord.

AllThanks be to God.

Gospel Reading

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.

AllGlory to you, O Lord.

John 1.6-8, 19-28

6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. 8He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light.

19 This is the testimony given by John when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, ‘Who are you?’ 20He confessed and did not deny it, but confessed, ‘I am not the Messiah.’ 21And they asked him, ‘What then? Are you Elijah?’ He said, ‘I am not.’ ‘Are you the prophet?’ He answered, ‘No.’ 22Then they said to him, ‘Who are you? Let us have an answer for those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?’ 23He said,

‘I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness,

“Make straight the way of the Lord” ’,

as the prophet Isaiah said.

24 Now they had been sent from the Pharisees. 25They asked him, ‘Why then are you baptizing if you are neither the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the prophet?’ 26John answered them, ‘I baptize with water. Among you stands one whom you do not know, 27the one who is coming after me; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandal.’ 28This took place in Bethany across the Jordan where John was baptizing.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

AllPraise to you, O Christ.

Post Communion

We give you thanks, O Lord, for these heavenly gifts;

kindle in us the fire of your Spirit

that when your Christ comes again

we may shine as lights before his face;

who is alive and reigns now and for ever.

Sunday 10 December 2017 2nd Sunday of Advent Year B

O Lord, raise up, we pray, your power

and come among us,

and with great might succour us;

that whereas, through our sins and wickedness

we are grievously hindered

in running the race that is set before us,

your bountiful grace and mercy

may speedily help and deliver us;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

to whom with you and the Holy Spirit,

be honour and glory, now and for ever.

or

Almighty God,

purify our hearts and minds,

that when your Son Jesus Christ comes again as judge and saviour

we may be ready to receive him,

who is our Lord and our God.

Readings

Isaiah 40.1-11

40

Comfort, O comfort my people,

says your God.

2 Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,

and cry to her

that she has served her term,

that her penalty is paid,

that she has received from the Lord’s hand

double for all her sins.

3 A voice cries out:

‘In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord,

make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

4 Every valley shall be lifted up,

and every mountain and hill be made low;

the uneven ground shall become level,

and the rough places a plain.

5 Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed,

and all people shall see it together,

for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.’

6 A voice says, ‘Cry out!’

And I said, ‘What shall I cry?’

All people are grass,

their constancy is like the flower of the field.

7 The grass withers, the flower fades,

when the breath of the Lord blows upon it;

surely the people are grass.

8 The grass withers, the flower fades;

but the word of our God will stand for ever.

9 Get you up to a high mountain,

O Zion, herald of good tidings;

lift up your voice with strength,

O Jerusalem, herald of good tidings,

lift it up, do not fear;

say to the cities of Judah,

‘Here is your God!’

10 See, the Lord God comes with might,

and his arm rules for him;

his reward is with him,

and his recompense before him.

11 He will feed his flock like a shepherd;

he will gather the lambs in his arms,

and carry them in his bosom,

and gently lead the mother sheep.

This is the word of the Lord.

All

Thanks be to God.

Psalm 85.1-2, 8-end

1  Lord, you were gracious to your land; •

you restored the fortunes of Jacob.

2  You forgave the offence of your people •

and covered all their sins.

8  I will listen to what the Lord God will say, •

for he shall speak peace to his people and to the faithful,

that they turn not again to folly.

9  Truly, his salvation is near to those who fear him, •

that his glory may dwell in our land.

10  Mercy and truth are met together, •

righteousness and peace have kissed each other;

11  Truth shall spring up from the earth •

and righteousness look down from heaven.

12  The Lord will indeed give all that is good, •

and our land will yield its increase.

13  Righteousness shall go before him •

and direct his steps in the way.

or Psalm [ 85.8-end]

[ 8  I will listen to what the Lord God will say, •

for he shall speak peace to his people and to the faithful,

that they turn not again to folly.

9  Truly, his salvation is near to those who fear him, •

that his glory may dwell in our land.

10  Mercy and truth are met together, •

righteousness and peace have kissed each other;

11  Truth shall spring up from the earth •

and righteousness look down from heaven.

12  The Lord will indeed give all that is good, •

and our land will yield its increase.

13  Righteousness shall go before him •

and direct his steps in the way.

]

2 Peter 3.8-15a

8 But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day. 9The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance. 10But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and everything that is done on it will be disclosed.

11 Since all these things are to be dissolved in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in leading lives of holiness and godliness, 12waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set ablaze and dissolved, and the elements will melt with fire? 13But, in accordance with his promise, we wait for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness is at home.

14 Therefore, beloved, while you are waiting for these things, strive to be found by him at peace, without spot or blemish; 15and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation. So also our beloved brother Paul wrote to you according to the wisdom given to him,

This is the word of the Lord.

All

Thanks be to God.

Gospel Reading

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark.

All Glory to you, O Lord.

Mark 1.1-8

1

The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

2 As it is written in the prophet Isaiah,

‘See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,

who will prepare your way;

3 the voice of one crying out in the wilderness:

“Prepare the way of the Lord,

make his paths straight” ’,

4John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. 6Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7He proclaimed, ‘The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. 8I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.’

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

AllPraise to you, O Christ.

Post Communion

Father in heaven,

who sent your Son to redeem the world

and will send him again to be our judge:

give us grace so to imitate him in the humility and purity of his first coming

that, when he comes again,

we may be ready to greet him

with joyful love and firm faith;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Friday, 8 December 2017 The Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary [Lesser Festival]

¶ Evening Prayer

Advent

Preparation

O God, make speed to save us.

AllO Lord, make haste to help us.

Reveal among us the light of your presence

Allthat we may behold your power and glory.

One or more of the following is said or sung:

this or another prayer of thanksgiving

Blessed are you, Sovereign God,

creator of light and darkness,

to you be glory and praise for ever.

As evening falls, you renew your promise

to reveal among us the light of your presence.

May your word be a lantern to our feet

and a light upon our path

that we may behold your coming among us.

Strengthen us in our stumbling weakness

and free our tongues to sing your praise.

Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

AllBlessed be God for ever.

A Song of Mercy and Truth (page 559), the following or another suitable hymn

Creator of the stars of night,

thy people’s everlasting light,

O Jesu, Saviour of us all,

regard thy servants when they call.

Thou, grieving at the bitter cry

of all creation doomed to die,

didst come to save a ruined race

with healing gifts of heavenly grace.

Thou camest, Bridegroom of the bride,

as drew the world to evening-tide,

proceeding from a virgin shrine,

the Son of Man, yet Lord divine.

At thy great name, exalted now,

all knees must bend, all hearts must bow,

and things in heaven and earth shall own

that thou art Lord and King alone.

To thee, O holy One, we pray

our judge in that tremendous day,

preserve us, while we dwell below,

from every onslaught of the foe.

All praise, eternal Son, to thee,

whose advent sets thy people free,

whom with the Father we adore,

and Spirit blest, for evermore.

Latin, tr: J M Neale

(Tune: LM)

This opening prayer may be said

That this evening may be holy, good and peaceful,

let us pray with one heart and mind.

Silence is kept.

As our evening prayer rises before you, O God,

so may your mercy come down upon us

to cleanse our hearts

and set us free to sing your praise

now and for ever.

AllAmen.

The Word of God

Psalmody

The appointed psalmody is said.

Psalm 16

Refrain: The Lord is at my right hand; I shall not fall.

1 Preserve me, O God, for in you have I taken refuge; ♦

I have said to the Lord, ‘You are my lord,

all my good depends on you.’

2 All my delight is upon the godly that are in the land, ♦

upon those who are noble in heart.

3 Though the idols are legion that many run after, ♦

their drink offerings of blood I will not offer,

neither make mention of their names upon my lips.

4 The Lord himself is my portion and my cup; ♦

in your hands alone is my fortune.

5 My share has fallen in a fair land; ♦

indeed, I have a goodly heritage. R

6 I will bless the Lord who has given me counsel, ♦

and in the night watches he instructs my heart.

7 I have set the Lord always before me; ♦

he is at my right hand; I shall not fall.

8 Wherefore my heart is glad and my spirit rejoices; ♦

my flesh also shall rest secure.

9 For you will not abandon my soul to Death, ♦

nor suffer your faithful one to see the Pit.

10 You will show me the path of life;

in your presence is the fullness of joy ♦

and in your right hand are pleasures for evermore.

Refrain: The Lord is at my right hand; I shall not fall.

Give to us, Lord Christ,

the fullness of grace,

your presence and your very self,

for you are our portion and our delight,

now and for ever.

Psalm 17

Refrain: Deliver me, O Lord, by your hand.

1 Hear my just cause, O Lord; consider my complaint; ♦

listen to my prayer, which comes not from lying lips.

2 Let my vindication come forth from your presence; ♦

let your eyes behold what is right.

3 Weigh my heart, examine me by night, ♦

refine me, and you will find no impurity in me. R

4 My mouth does not trespass for earthly rewards; ♦

I have heeded the words of your lips.

5 My footsteps hold fast in the ways of your commandments; ♦

my feet have not stumbled in your paths. R

6 I call upon you, O God, for you will answer me; ♦

incline your ear to me, and listen to my words.

7 Show me your marvellous loving-kindness, ♦

O Saviour of those who take refuge at your right hand

from those who rise up against them.

8 Keep me as the apple of your eye; ♦

hide me under the shadow of your wings,

9 From the wicked who assault me, ♦

from my enemies who surround me to take away my life. R

10 They have closed their heart to pity ♦

and their mouth speaks proud things.

11 They press me hard, they surround me on every side, ♦

watching how they may cast me to the ground,

12 Like a lion that is greedy for its prey, ♦

like a young lion lurking in secret places. R

13 Arise, Lord; confront them and cast them down; ♦

deliver me from the wicked by your sword.

14 Deliver me, O Lord, by your hand ♦

from those whose portion in life is unending,

15 Whose bellies you fill with your treasure, ♦

who are well supplied with children

and leave their wealth to their little ones.

16 As for me, I shall see your face in righteousness; ♦

when I awake and behold your likeness, I shall be satisfied.

Refrain: Deliver me, O Lord, by your hand.

Generous Lord,

deliver us from all envious thoughts,

and when we are tempted by the desire for wealth,

let us see your face;

for your abundance is enough to clothe our lack;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Each psalm or group of psalms may end with

AllGlory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be for ever. Amen.

If there are two Scripture readings, the first may be read here, or both may be read after the canticle.

Isaiah 44.9-23

All who make idols are nothing, and the things they delight in do not profit; their witnesses neither see nor know. And so they will be put to shame. Who would fashion a god or cast an image that can do no good? Look, all its devotees shall be put to shame; the artisans too are merely human. Let them all assemble, let them stand up; they shall be terrified, they shall all be put to shame.

The blacksmith fashions it and works it over the coals, shaping it with hammers, and forging it with his strong arm; he becomes hungry and his strength fails, he drinks no water and is faint. The carpenter stretches a line, marks it out with a stylus, fashions it with planes, and marks it with a compass; he makes it in human form, with human beauty, to be set up in a shrine. He cuts down cedars or chooses a holm tree or an oak and lets it grow strong among the trees of the forest. He plants a cedar and the rain nourishes it. Then it can be used as fuel. Part of it he takes and warms himself; he kindles a fire and bakes bread. Then he makes a god and worships it, makes it a carved image and bows down before it. Half of it he burns in the fire; over this half he roasts meat, eats it, and is satisfied. He also warms himself and says, ‘Ah, I am warm, I can feel the fire!’ The rest of it he makes into a god, his idol, bows down to it, and worships it; he prays to it and says, ‘Save me, for you are my god!’

They do not know, nor do they comprehend; for their eyes are shut, so that they cannot see, and their minds as well, so that they cannot understand. No one considers, nor is there knowledge or discernment to say, ‘Half of it I burned in the fire; I also baked bread on its coals, I roasted meat and have eaten. Now shall I make the rest of it an abomination? Shall I fall down before a block of wood?’ He feeds on ashes; a deluded mind has led him astray, and he cannot save himself or say, ‘Is not this thing in my right hand a fraud?’

Remember these things, O Jacob,

and Israel, for you are my servant;

I formed you, you are my servant;

O Israel, you will not be forgotten by me.

I have swept away your transgressions like a cloud,

and your sins like mist;

return to me, for I have redeemed you.

Sing, O heavens, for the Lord has done it;

shout, O depths of the earth;

break forth into singing, O mountains,

O forest, and every tree in it!

For the Lord has redeemed Jacob,

and will be glorified in Israel.

Canticle

A Song of the Spirit, or another suitable canticle, for example, number 57 (page 614) or number 72 (page 630), may be said

Refrain:

AllSurely I am coming soon.

Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!

1‘Behold, I am coming soon’, says the Lord,

‘and bringing my reward with me, ♦

to give to everyone according to their deeds.

2‘I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, ♦

the beginning and the end.’

3Blessed are those who do God’s commandments,

that they may have the right to the tree of life, ♦

and may enter into the city through the gates.

4‘I, Jesus, have sent my angel to you, ♦

with this testimony for all the churches.

5‘I am the root and the offspring of David, ♦

I am the bright morning star.’

6‘Come!’ say the Spirit and the Bride; ♦

‘Come!’ let each hearer reply.

7Come forward, you who are thirsty, ♦

let those who desire take the water of life as a gift.

Revelation 22.12-14, 16, 17

AllTo the One who sits on the throne and to the Lamb ♦

be blessing and honour and glory and might,

for ever and ever. Amen.

AllSurely I am coming soon.

Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!

Scripture Reading

One or more readings appointed for the day are read.

The reading(s) may be followed by a time of silence.

Revelation 21.22-22.5

I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God is its light, and its lamp is the Lamb. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it. Its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there. People will bring into it the glory and the honour of the nations. But nothing unclean will enter it, nor anyone who practises abomination or falsehood, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city. On either side of the river is the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. Nothing accursed will be found there any more. But the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him; they will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. And there will be no more night; they need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign for ever and ever.

A suitable song or chant, or a responsory in this or another form, may follow

My soul is waiting for you, O Lord:

in your word is my hope.

AllMy soul is waiting for you, O Lord:

in your word is my hope.

There is forgiveness with you,

so that you shall be feared.

AllIn your word is my hope.

Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit.

AllMy soul is waiting for you, O Lord:

in your word is my hope.

from Psalm 130

Gospel Canticle

The Magnificat (The Song of Mary) is normally said, or The Song of Christ’s Glory (page 619) may be said

Refrain:

AllMary gave birth to the Word of God;

truly she is the ever-blessed Mother of Christ our Lord.

1My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,

my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour; ♦

he has looked with favour on his lowly servant.

2From this day all generations will call me blessed; ♦

the Almighty has done great things for me

and holy is his name.

3He has mercy on those who fear him, ♦

from generation to generation.

4He has shown strength with his arm ♦

and has scattered the proud in their conceit,

5Casting down the mighty from their thrones ♦

and lifting up the lowly.

6He has filled the hungry with good things ♦

and sent the rich away empty.

7He has come to the aid of his servant Israel, ♦

to remember his promise of mercy,

8The promise made to our ancestors, ♦

to Abraham and his children for ever.

Luke 1.46-55

AllGlory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be for ever. Amen.

Refrain:

AllMary gave birth to the Word of God;

truly she is the ever-blessed Mother of Christ our Lord.

Prayers

Thanksgiving may be made for the day.

Intercessions are offered

¶ for peace

¶ for individuals and their needs

Prayers may include the following concerns from the cycle on pages 364–365

¶ The Church, that she may be ready for the coming of Christ

¶ The leaders of the Church

¶ The nations, that they may be subject to the rule of God

¶ Those who are working for justice in the world

¶ The broken, that they may find God’s healing

A form of prayer found on page 377 may be used.

These responses may be used

Lord, in your mercy

hear our prayer

(or)

Lord, hear us.

Lord, graciously hear us.

Silence may be kept.

The Collect of the day is said

Almighty and everlasting God,

who stooped to raise fallen humanity

through the child-bearing of blessed Mary:

grant that we, who have seen your glory

revealed in our human nature

and your love made perfect in our weakness,

may daily be renewed in your image

and conformed to the pattern of your Son

Jesus Christ our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

AllAmen.

The Lord’s Prayer is said

Awaiting his coming in glory,

as our Saviour taught us, so we pray

AllOur 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.

Lead us not into temptation

but deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power,

and the glory are yours

now and for ever.

Amen.

How Mary full of Fqvor , the Adonai is with thee. Blessed is thy womb Yeshua. ( Holy Mary mother of the Adonai pray for us sinners at the hour of thy death) Amen

The Conclusion

May the Lord, when he comes,

find us watching and waiting.

AllAmen.

Let us bless the Lord.

AllThanks be to God.