4th Sunday in Advent B

The promised saviour

      This child will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High. he will reign over the house of Jacob for ever, and of his kingdom there will be no end. Luke 1:32-33
      We beseech you, Lord, pour your grace into our hearts; that, as we have known the incarnation of your Son Jesus Christ by the message of an angel, so by his cross and passion we may be brought to the glory of his resurrection, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. BCP. Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
      Let us pray [that Christ will truly come into our hearts]
      Fill our hearts with your love, and as you revealed to us by an angel the coming of your Son as a man, so lead us through his suffering and death to the glory of his resurrection, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. AAPB
      Gracious God, whose eternal Word took flesh among us when Mary placed her life at the service of your will: prepare our hearts for his coming again and keep us steadfast in hope, that we may be ready for the coming of his kingdom; for his sake, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. APBA
      God's promise to the house of David.   2 Samuel 7:1-17   7:1-11, 16
      The Magnificat (Song of Mary).   Luke 1:47-55
      Alt. From the line of David God has given us a Saviour.   Psalm 89:19-27   89:1-4, 19-26
      God reveals his age-long purpose in Jesus.   Romans 16:25-27  
      God's call to Mary.   Luke 1:26-38  
Supplementary readings
      David's prayer.   2 Samuel 7:18-29  
      Who is David's son?.   Mark 12:35-37  
Hymns and Spiritual Songs
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Gathering Songs
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Hymn or Chorus first line
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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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