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THE ANNUNCIATION TO MARY

20th 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 Fourth Sunday of Advent which, I pray, you can participate in at a time(s) that are convenient to you. This 'service' will take about forty (40) minutes.

I pray you will feel called to ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE in this service.

 

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 continue by watching, and please do feel free to sing or read aloud with the lyrics, of the wonderful "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel".

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.

Grace and peace to you from God.

God fill you with truth and joy.

Let us pray.

 

Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires
known, and from whom no secrets are hidden; cleanse the
thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit
so that we may truly love you and worthily praise your holy
name through our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

Happy are those whose sins are forgiven,
whose wrongs are pardoned.
I will confess my sins to the Lord
I will not conceal my wrongdoings.

 

Pause to give yourself a moment for quiet reflection.

In God there is forgiveness

God forgives and heals us
We need your healing merciful God,
give us true repentance.
Some sins are plain to us,
some escape us,
some we cannot face.
Forgive us,
set us free to hear your word to us;
set us free to serve you.

An Assurance of Forgiveness

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The Sentence for the Day

 

You heavens above rain down righteousness; let the clouds shower it down. Let the earth open wide, let salvation spring up.

The Prayer for the Day (Collect)

 

Let us pray together.

Life giving God, you prepared Mary to be the mother of Jesus; she watched and waited for his coming. Grant us the same courage and willingness to watch and wait, to greet him as Emmanuel, God with us, with joyful hearts. 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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A reading from The New Testament

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Pause for a moment of silent reflection.

The Gradual Hymn

 

Let us continue by watching, and please do feel free to sing, or read, along with the promises that are contained in, "Gabriel's message."

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

The Gospel Reading, Luke 1:26-38 (The Annunciation To Mary)

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Pause and give yourself a moment to silently reflect on these words that tell of the coming Christ-child.

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A Sermon for the Fourth Sunday of Advent

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The Annunciation by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1898)

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, in our lives, we sometimes fail to grasp that NOTHING is impossible for God.

An Affirmation of Our Faith
 

Let us affirm our faith by listening as a "The Apostles Creed" is read to us.
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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:

 

God of mercy,
you have given us grace to pray with one heart and one voice,
and have promised to hear the prayers
of two or three who agree in your name,
fulfil now, we pray,
the prayers and longings of your people
as may be best for us and for your kingdom.
Grant us in this world to know your truth,
and in the world to come to see your glory. Amen.

The Peace

 

E te whānau, Brothers and sisters, we are the body of Christ.
By one Spirit we were baptised into one body.

 

Keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Amen. We are bound by the love of Christ.

 

I say to you all:

The Peace of Christ be always with you.

And also with you.

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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.

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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 with the inspirational, "Because He Lives."

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

Dismissal

 

Go now to love and serve The Lord,                    Haere ki te aroha me te mahi ki te Ariki,

Go in peace.                                                             Haere i runga i te rangimarie.

 

Amen, we go in the name of Christ.               Amine, ka haere tatou i runga i te ingoa o te Karaiti.

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