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Sunday 3rd December 2023

First Sunday of Advent


Almighty God,
give us grace to cast away the works of darkness
and to put on the armour of light,
now in the time of this mortal life,
in which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility;
that on the last day,
when he shall come again in his glorious majesty
to judge the living and the dead,
we may rise to the life immortal;
through him who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Old Testament

Isaiah 64:1-9

   1Oh that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might flow down at thy presence,

   2As when the melting fire burneth, the fire causeth the waters to boil, to make thy name known to thine adversaries, that the nations may tremble at thy presence!

   3When thou didst terrible things which we looked not for, thou camest down, the mountains flowed down at thy presence.

   4For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.

   5Thou meetest him that rejoiceth and worketh righteousness, those that remember thee in thy ways: behold, thou art wroth; for we have sinned: in those is continuance, and we shall be saved.

   6But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

   7And there is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of thee: for thou hast hid thy face from us, and hast consumed us, because of our iniquities.

   8But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.

   9Be not wroth very sore, O LORD, neither remember iniquity for ever: behold, see, we beseech thee, we are all thy people.


1 Corinthians 1:3-9

   3Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

   4I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ;

   5That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge;

   6Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you:

   7So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:

   8Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

   9God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.


Psalm 80:1-8,18-20

   1Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, thou that leadest Joseph like a flock; thou that dwellest between the cherubims, shine forth.

   2Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh stir up thy strength, and come and save us.

   3Turn us again, O God, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.

   4O LORD God of hosts, how long wilt thou be angry against the prayer of thy people?

   5Thou feedest them with the bread of tears; and givest them tears to drink in great measure.

   6Thou makest us a strife unto our neighbours: and our enemies laugh among themselves.

   7Turn us again, O God of hosts, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.

   8Thou hast brought a vine out of Egypt: thou hast cast out the heathen, and planted it.

   18So will not we go back from thee: quicken us, and we will call upon thy name.

   19Turn us again, O LORD God of hosts, cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.


Mark 13:24-37

   24But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light,

   25And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken.

   26And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.

   27And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.

   28Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near:

   29So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors.

   30Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done.

   31Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.

   32But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.

   33Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.

   34For the Son of Man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.

   35Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning:

   36Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.

   37And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.



How lovely on the mountains
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Make way, make way
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Come, thou long-expected Jesus
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Wait For The Lord
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Hills of the north, rejoice
Complete Anglican - 282