Watchword for the Week

Be strong; do not fear! Here is your God.

(Isaiah 35:4)

(Moravian Daily Texts 2016)



(Based on Isaiah 35)

The wilderness and the desert will rejoice

and flowers will bloom in the wilderness.

Everyone will see the Lord’s splendour

and the majesty and power of our God.

Then the blind will be able to see,

and the deaf will be able to hear.

The lame will leap and dance like deer, and

those who cannot speak will shout for joy!

Streams of water will flow though the desert

and dry land will be filled with springs.

A highway shall be there,

called “The Holy Way.”

The unclean shall not travel there,

but it shall be for God’s people.

Those whom the Lord has rescued will return;

they will reach Jerusalem with gladness,

singing and shouting for joy!

Hymn 241 * Isaiah the prophet has written

People’s Choice Hymns are marked with an asterisk (*)

(Three Advent candles are carried into church lit)


On this third Sunday of Advent, we light three

candles. The first two we light for peace and hope.

We wait now in peace and hope.

Today we light the third candle for joy,

joy that Christ is coming as light in our lives.

Strengthen our hearts

as we wait for you with joy!

God is a God of justice who feeds the hungry

and includes the outcast. God lifts up the lowly

and puts down the mighty.

Strengthen our hearts as we wait for you with joy!

We join our hearts with the desert gushing forth with life. We share with Mary who sings with joy for the child, who is to come.

Strengthen our hearts as we wait for you with joy! Help us share that joy wherever we go. Amen.


Friends, God loves each one of us. Even in our

brokenness and imperfection, God never leaves

nor gives up on us. May we sing praises, as

does Mary, assured of this truth: we are forgiven

and cherished by our God through and through!

Thanks be to God. Amen.



This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. (3x)

Let it shine; let it shine; let it shine.

Jesus is the light, I’m gonna let it shine. (3x)

Everywhere I go, I’m gonna let it shine. (3x)


(Children may join the Kids’ Church programme)

Hymn 311 * Jesus is born

(Hymn of the Month, December 2016)


Epistle: James 5:7-11 NT p. 293 (291)

Gospel: Luke 1:46-55 NT p. 74

People may stand for the Gospel reading.

The word of God: Thanks be to God!

Hymn (eg 588) Magnificat (Taizé)

Magnificat, Magnificat,

Magnificat anima mea Dominum.


Magnificat anima mea!

SERMON Rev. Dr. Robert Haworth

Hymn 472 * Come, thou long-expected Jesus

(Offerings are gathered and brought forward)


Eternal God, let us live in your eternal light, that we may abound in joy and act for justice in our world. We offer ourselves and our gifts, to serve you in your church and in the world. Strengthen our hearts to prepare for your coming to us in our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

ANNOUNCEMENTS (See Notices overleaf)


Response: Eternal God, you call us:

let us walk in the light of the Lord.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be

thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be

done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this

day our daily bread. And forgive us our

trespasses, as we forgive those who

trespass against us. And lead us not into

temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine

is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,

for ever and ever. Amen.

Hymn 303 * It came upon the midnight clear

(Tune: Carol PH 129)

BLESSING and Threefold Amen (No. 819)