4th Sunday after Advent

The promised Saviour

      Blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfilment of what was spoken to her by the Lord. Luke 1:45
      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.]
      Lord, fill our hearts with your love, and as you revealed to us by an angel the coming of your Son as 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, you have visited your people and redeemed us in your Son: as we prepare to celebrate his birth, make our hearts leap for joy at the sound of your word, and move us by your Spirit to bless your wonderful works. 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, now and for ever. Amen. APBA
      The shepherd of the Lord.   Micah 5:2-5a   5:2-5a
      The Song of Mary (Magnificat).   Luke 1:47-55   alt. Psalm 80:1-7
      Christ came to do God's will.   Hebrews 10:1-10   10:5-10
      Mary visits Elizabeth.   Luke 1:39-56   1:39-45 (46-55)
Supplementary readings
      Brothers from all nations.   Isaiah 66:17-23   66:18-23
      The final judgement.   Revelation 20:11-15   20:11-21:5
Hymns and Spiritual Songs
Worship elements
Gathering Songs
Book & #
FS 84
CT 35
TIS 302
TIS 266
TIS 279
TIS 161
TIS 265
AHB 222
Hymn or Chorus first line
Child in a stable
The Angel Gabriel
Wake, O wake, and sleep no longer
the King of glory comes
Tell out my soul
O come, O come Emmanuel
How brightly beams the morning star
Tunes and sources
alt.TIS 289. Christmas is coming
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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