Worship Sheet for 29th November 2020 – First Sunday in Advent
prepared by Revd Jane Rowell
As we enter the season of advent today we consider the waiting time!
Our prayers are taken from the books Candles and conifers by Ruth Burgess (of the Iona Community). And our hymns from Rejoice and Sing.
In this season of Advent, we are here to watch and wait and pray for the coming of light into the world. We long for the day when the things of darkness – selfishness and greed, suffering and oppression – shall be no more.
If you have a candle at home you may wish to light it now (Please be careful!)
Lord, by your presence,
Light up the past
that we might learn from it with thankfulness.
Light up the present
that we might live in it with love.
Light up the future
that we might prepare for it in hope.
As we watch and pray,
may we be always ready to encounter the Lord
who is already and always with us.
Hymn – R&S 137 Hark, the glad sound!
Reading: Mark 13 v 24-37
Are you any good at waiting? This last year there seems to have been an awful lot of waiting – waiting to see what will happen, waiting to see if we can meet with our families over Christmas, waiting on zoom for people to arrive for meetings and waiting until they ‘unmute’ themselves, even earlier this year waiting in queues to buy basics… waiting seems to have dominated our lives.
And now we are in a new season of waiting, waiting for the birth of the Christ-child among us, waiting to see God again!
But how do we wait? Are we impatient? Do we want to rush headlong into Christmas without this time? Our reading today tells us to watch for the signs, to be aware, to be alert, to stay awake lest we miss it, lest we miss the new things God is doing among us, lest we blink and its over..
If you want some help with this waiting time, this time of preparation you are more than welcome to join Northern Synod’s morning prayer time! We meet each weekday morning at 9am for about 20 mins or so and on Monday we shall be using some advent resources to try to help us prepare and wait well! Its on zoom so even if you don’t have access to a computer or tablet you can join us by telephone! (Details at the end of this sheet!).
So, as we enter this season of advent, this season of waiting, let us prepare our hearts and our souls for the coming of the Christ child!!! Advent blessings be upon you all!
Hymn: R&S 637 The day of the Lord shall come as prophets have told
God, we come to you in our waiting.
We wait with our fears,
our anxieties and frustrations,
our pains and regrets,
our shame and confusion.
God, help us to wait in peace.
We wait with impatience:
We rush around, preparing for the festivities,
not leaving the space to prepare
God, help us to wait in faith.
We wait in excitement:
We are ready to celebrate!
We know the story with its humbleness, simplicity,
God, help us to nurture our joy.
We wait in thanksgiving:
We are free and able to celebrate.
We have others around us to share in the journey.
We are able to wonder in the marvel of your gift.
God, help us to receive your love.
Hymn: R&S 135 Joy to the world
In our watching and our waiting – Come Lord Jesus
In our hopes and in our fears – Come Lord Jesus
In our homes and in our world – Come Lord Jesus
Come bless us and surprise us!
Details for the morning prayers:
For those with computers or tablets – please use this link:
Meeting ID: 982 5776 5048
For those who wish to join us by telephone please call:
0208 080 6592 and use the meeting id and password when prompted
Meeting ID: 982 5776 5048