A Service for the Second Sunday of Advent
6th December 2020

At this point in time you may not be able to attend our communal worship services. What follows is a contemporary service for the second Sunday of Advent.

This 'service' will take about forty (40) minutes. 
I pray you will feel called to ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE.


The text that is in regular typeface (that is what you are reading at the moment) is to be read quietly, while the text that is in bold face (like you are reading right now) is meant to be read aloud.

Opening Hymn


Let us commence our worship by offering ourselves to God as we listen to, and please do feel free to sing or read aloud with the choir of St John's College, Cambridge, England - the wonderful "Come Thou Long Expected Jesus."

When you are ready - click the "play" button on the video window, below:

Call to Worship

Kia ora, te whānau, 
welcome to you my sisters and brothers.

Welcome to you, for we are Christ’s body, Christ’s work in the world.
Welcome to you whose baptism makes you salt of the earth and light to the world.
Rejoice and be glad.
Praise God who gives us forgiveness and hope.

Christ is our light

the joy of our salvation.

Praise and glory to Christ, God’s new beginning for humanity
making ritual water gospel wine, cleansing all our worship.


Love and loyalty to Christ, who gives us the gospel.
Praise to Christ who calls us to holiness.

Let us pray

We come seeking forgiveness for all we have failed to be and do
as members of Christ’s body.


Pause to give yourself a moment for quiet reflection.

In God there is forgiveness

Loving and all-seeing God
forgive us where we have failed to support one another
and to be what we claim to be.
Forgive us where we have failed to serve you;
and where our thoughts and actions have been
contrary to yours we ask your pardon.

An Assurance of Forgiveness

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00:00 / 00:18

The Sentence for the Day


In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

The Prayer for the Day (Collect)


Sisters and brothers, shall we pray together.

Gracious God, John the Baptiser prepared the way, preaching baptism and repentance. Help us to watch and pray, listen for the wilderness voices still crying to be heard, and respond. Through Jesus Christ our Liberator, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

A reading from The Old testament

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00:00 / 02:49

A reading from The New Testament

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00:00 / 01:37

Pause for a moment of silent reflection.

The Gradual Hymn


Let us continue by watching, and please do feel free to sing along with, "God Is Working His Purpose Out."

When you are ready - click the "play" button on the video window, below:

The Gospel Reading, Mark 1:1-8

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00:00 / 01:55

A sermon for the Second Sunday of Advent

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00:00 / 09:55

If you prefer to read the full sermon notes rather than to listen then please CLICK HERE.

Pause and Reflect


Just take a moment now to pause. Bow your head, close your eyes.

Reflect upon how how YOU react when required to be humble.

An Affirmation of Our Faith

Let us affirm our faith by listening as a "Liturgical Affirmation" is read to us.
(click the "play" button below when you are ready to listen) 

liturgical creed AD
00:00 / 01:02

Let us pray for the Church and for the World, giving thanks for God's goodness


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Let us pray together and aloud:


Praise to you, abundant God,
for when we ask, you give;
when we seek, you show the way.
When we knock, you answer.
Praise to you for your unfailing grace.
Make us now your faithful people. Amen.

The Peace


I say to you all:

The Peace of God be always with you.


Please respond aloud:


And also with you.

Are you missing Holy Communion? Click here.

The Lord's Prayer


Remembering that we are confident to pray this day, and every day, because Jesus Christ has taught us:

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 for ever.   Amen.


The Coming Christ-child


May the Coming Christ-child turn His face towards you. May the Coming Christ-child cause His light to shine upon you. May the Coming Christ-child grant you His peace. Amen

A Closing Hymn


Let us continue by watching, and please do feel free to sing along, (BLAST IT OUT !), the magnificent "Cwm Rhondda"/"Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer".

When you are ready - click the "play" button on the video window, below:



Go now to love and serve The Lord,

Go in peace.


Amen, we go in the name of Christ.