December 20th 2020 10 a.m. Morning Prayer

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Sunday 20th December 2020                                               Advent 4



Leader:                  Grace mercy and peace be with you

All:                       and also with you.


Leader:                  We meet in the presence of God

All:                       Who knows our needs,

                             Who hears our cries,

                             Who feels our pain,

                             And heals our wounds.



Leader:                  Be with us, Spirit of God;

All:                       nothing can separate us from your love.

                             Breathe on us, breath of God;

All:                       Fill us with your saving power.

                             Speak in us, Wisdom of God;

All:                       Bring strength, healing and peace.


                             The Lord is here.

All:                       His Spirit is with us.


All:    PS139          O Lord, you have examined my heart

                             and know everything about me.

                   2       You know when I sit down or stand up.

                             You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.

                   3       You see me when I travel

                             and when I rest at home.

                             You know everything I do.

                   4       You know what I am going to say

                             even before I say it, Lord.


                   23     Search me, O God, and know my heart;

                             test me and know my anxious thoughts.

                   24     Point out anything in me that offends you,

                             and lead me along the path of everlasting life.


Leader:                  Open our lips, O God,

All:                       And our mouths shall proclaim your praise.


Leader:                  The peace of the Lord be always with you

All:                       And also with you.


Leader:      A welcome to our You Tube service and notices


Please join us for coffee on Zoom immediately after this service (click on the second link on this service sheet at the top of page.)


Zoom Children’s Church is at 9:30am via a private link please speak to Liz Collins for how to join or see our website.


Carols and Readings on Zoom Sunday December 20th at 7:00pm. Bring your own candles, mince pies and mulled wine.

Reopening of churches for services – details are on the website and will be updated (the usual calendar has been removed)

Please remember, if you are entering a church building it is now mandatory to wear a face covering.

Online services will continue

Foodbank – give food donations at local collection points or online donations. To find out how to donate please go to our Foodbank page

Zoom Home Groups- Wed: contact Martin and Jill Kingston

Thur 7:30pm – Advent course. Everyone Welcome. just join via our website link

Zoom coffee mornings weekdays 10:30 (link on Virtual Church Hall tab)

Zoom Night Prayer (compline) 9:00PM Mon-Fri – via website. There will be no Night Prayer / Compline service on Dec 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th.




A time for reflection and confession:


Leader:        Hear the words of the angel to Joseph;

                   ‘You shall call his name Jesus,

                   For he will save his people from their sins.’

                   Therefore let us seek the forgiveness of God

                   Through Jesus the saviour of the world.              

cf Matthew 1:21

Leader:        Heavenly Father,

                   You have created a universe of light:

                   Forgive us when we return to darkness.

                   Lord, have mercy.

All:             Lord, have mercy.


Leader:        Lord Jesus,

                   You are the light of the world:

                   Cleanse and heal our blinded sight.

                   Christ, have mercy.

All:             Christ, have mercy.


Leader:        Holy Spirit,

                   You give us light in our hearts:

                   Renew us in faith and love.

                   Lord, have mercy.

All:             Lord, have mercy.


Leader:        Almighty God,

                   Who in Jesus Christ has given us

                   A kingdom that cannot be destroyed,

                   Forgive us our sins,

                   Open our eyes to God’s truth,

                   Strengthen us to do God’s will

                   And give us the joy of his Kingdom,

                   Through Jesus Christ our Lord.




Collect Prayer:


                   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 the cause of right,

                   With Jesus Christ our Lord.




Reading :   2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16 (NIV)


After the king was settled in his palace and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies around him, he said to Nathan the prophet, “Here I am, living in a house of cedar, while the ark of God remains in a tent.”

Nathan replied to the king, “Whatever you have in mind, go ahead and do it, for the Lord is with you.”

But that night the word of the Lord came to Nathan, saying:

“Go and tell my servant David, ‘This is what the Lord says: Are you the one to build me a house to dwell in? I have not dwelt in a house from the day I brought the Israelites up out of Egypt to this day. I have been moving from place to place with a tent as my dwelling. Wherever I have moved with all the Israelites, did I ever say to any of their rulers whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?”’

“Now then, tell my servant David, ‘This is what the Lord Almighty says: I took you from the pasture, from tending the flock, and appointed you ruler over my people Israel. I have been with you wherever you have gone, and I have cut off all your enemies from before you. Now I will make your name great, like the names of the greatest men on earth. 10 And I will provide a place for my people Israel and will plant them so that they can have a home of their own and no longer be disturbed. Wicked people will not oppress them anymore, as they did at the beginning 11 and have done ever since the time I appointed leaders[a] over my people Israel. I will also give you rest from all your enemies.

16 Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me[b]; your throne will be established forever.’”





Affirmation of faith

Leader:        Let us affirm our faith in Jesus Christ the Son of God

All:             Though he was divine,

                   He did not cling to equality with God,

                   But made himself nothing.

                   Taking the form of a slave,

                   He was born in human likeness.

                   He humbled himself

                   And was obedient to death,

                   Even the death of the cross.

                   Therefore God has raised him on high,

                   And given him the name above every name:

                   That at the name of Jesus

                   Every knee should bow,

                   And every voice proclaim that Jesus Christ is                                    Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

                   Amen.                                                       cf Phil 2 : 6-11


Leader:        The Lord is my light and salvation.

All:             The Lord is my light and my salvation.

Leader:        The Lord is the strength of my life,

All:             The Lord is my light and my salvation.

                   Glory to the Father, and to the Son

                   And to the Holy Spirit. Amen.


Reading:    Luke 1:26-38   (NIV)


26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favoured! The Lord is with you.”

29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favour with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus.32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David,33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called[a] the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37 For no word from God will ever fail.”

38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.


Reflection from the Vicarage


Now let us pray together


Time to Pray     


We say the Lord’s Prayer together

                   Our Father in heaven,

                   Hallowed be your name,

                   Your kingdom come,

                   Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven,

                   Give us today our daily bread,

                   Forgive us our sins,

                   As we forgive those who sin against us,

                   Save us in the time of trial

                   And deliver us from evil,

                   For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours,

                   Now and forever. Amen.




Leader:        Father, we give you thanks and praise

                   Through Jesus Christ your son, our Lord.


                   Jesus is Lord of all creation.

All:             We worship and adore you.


                   Jesus made his home among us.

All:             We worship and adore you.


                   He was born of the Virgin Mary

All:             We worship and adore you.


                   He was cradled in a manger

All:             We worship and adore you.


                   He is God in human flesh

All:             We worship and adore you

                   with angels and archangels

                   and all the company of heaven.



                   May God the Father,

                   Who loved the world so much that he sent his only Son

                   To come among us in great humility,

                   Open your eyes to look for his coming again.



                   May God the Son,

                   Give you grace to live in the light of his coming

                   as redeemer and judge.



                   May God the Holy Spirit

                   Free you from sin,

                   And make you holy,

                   And bring you to eternal life.



                   and the blessing of God almighty,

                   the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

                   be among you and remain with you always. All     Amen.



All:    We go into the world to walk in God’s light,

          To rejoice in God’s love and to reflect God’s glory. Amen.



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