2nd Sunday in Advent

The salvation of God

      By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace. Luke 1:78-79
      Blessed Lord, you have caused all holy scriptures to be written for our learning: grant us so to hear them, read them, learn, and inwardly digest them, that, encouraged and supported by your holy Word, we may embrace and always hold fast the joyful hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen. BCP Advent 2
      Let us pray [that nothing may hinder us from receiving Christ with joy]
      God of power and mercy, open our hearts in welcome. Remove the things that hinder us from receiving Christ with joy, so that we may share his wisdom and become one with him when he come in glory, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. AAPB
      God of our salvation, you straighten the winding ways of our hearts and smooth the paths made rough by sin: keep our hearts watchful in holiness, and bring to perfection the good you have begun in us. We ask this through him whose coming is certain, whose Day draws near, your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. APBA
      Repent: the Lord is coming.   Malachi 3:1-14   3:1-4   3:1-14
      The Song of Zechariah (Benedictus).   Luke 1:68-79  
      Be ready for the day of Christ.   Philippians 1:3-11     1:1-11
      What must we do?   Luke 3:1-20   3:1-6
Supplementary readings
      Longing for God's presence.   Isaiah 63:15-64:12   63:15-64:4
      Scoffers one and all.   2 Peter 3:1-7   3:1-9
Hymns and Spiritual Songs
Worship elements
Gathering Songs
Book & #
Hymn or Chorus first line
Tunes and sources
Seasonal Litany
      Shake yourself from the dust,
        Come Lord Jesus.
      Loose the bonds from your neck,
        Come Lord Jesus.

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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