1st Sunday in Advent C

Your redemption is near at hand

      Stand up and raise your heads, your redemption is drawing near. Luke 21:28
      Almighty God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came among us in great humility; that on the last day, when he comes again in his glorious majesty to judge the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen. BCP Advent 1
      Let us pray [that we may be ready for Christ's coming.]
      All-powerful God, increase the strength of our faith that Christ my find an eager welcome at his coming and call us to his side in the kingdom of heaven, where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
      Eternal God, you have taught us that the night is far spent and the day is at hand: keep us awake and alert, watching for your kingdom, and make us strong in faith, so that when Christ comes in glory to judge the earth, we may go out joyfully to greet him; and, with all your saints, may worship you for ever; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. APBA
      The righteous branch of David.   Jeremiah 33:14-16  
      With the Lord there is mercy and plenteous redemption.   Psalm 25:1-10  
      Waiting for Christ's return.   1 Thessalonians 3:6-13   3:9-13
      Your liberation is near.   Luke 21:25-38   21:25-36
Supplementary readings
      The Lord will keep the covenant.   Jeremiah 33:23-36  
      The churchman and the widow.   Luke 20:45-21:4   20:45-21:6, 20-24
Hymns and Spiritual Songs
Worship elements
Gathering Songs
Book & #
Hymn or Chorus first line
Tunes and sources
Seasonal Litany
      To you O Lord, we lift our voice;
        O God, in you we trust.
      Let not the powers of darkness reign over us;
        Nor sin bend us low.
      Let not those who wait on you be put to shame.
        Teach us your ways that we may walk in your path.

Color Key and Notes
      RCL reading;
      APBA reading;
      Congregational response or refrain, AAPB/RSV;
      Subject heading, AAPB;
      Where there is a second Old Testament reading it is sequential rather than linked to the gospel;
      Hymn book and other abbreviations. See In Words and Song.

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