Second Sunday in Advent
Minister: Rev. Dr. Martin Scott
Organist: Iain Mackinnon
Welcome and Intimations
Arise! Shine! Your light has come
PRAISE GOD FOR THE COMING LIGHT
Get ready! Stay awake! Your hope is near
PRAISE GOD FOR THE COMING HOPE
Rejoice! Rejoice! Your joy will be complete
PRAISE GOD FOR THE COMING JOY
Be still and listen: your peace is assured
PRAISE GOD FOR THE COMING PEACE
Hymn 290 The race that long in darkness pined
Prayer of Approach and Confession [closing with]…
God in heaven, your name is to be honoured
MAY YOUR NEW COMMUNITY OF HOPE
BE REALISED ON EARTH AS IN HEAVEN.
GIVE US TODAY THE ESSENTIALS OF LIFE.
RELEASE US FROM OUR WRONGDOING
AS WE ALSO RELEASE THOSE WHO WRONG US.
DO NOT TEST US BEYOND OUR MEANS;
SAVE US FROM ALL THAT IS EVIL;
FOR YOUR EMBRACING JUSTICE, LOVE AND PEACE;
NOW AND TO THE END OF TIME. AMEN.
We light this candle for peace, promised to us by
God’s loving presence.
Lighting of the Advent Candle
God, in this Advent season we look to you for peace. Help us as we prepare again for your coming among us. May the light of this candle remind us of Jesus, the Prince of Peace whose kindness and compassion we seek to mirror in our lives. Amen.
Hymn 284 (verses 1 & 2) Hope is a candle and Peace is a candle
Scripture Readings: Reader: Tim Bell
Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 11: 1-10
Hymn 334 On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry
Gospel Reading: Luke 3: 1-9
Hymn 291 When out of poverty is born (no copyright)
Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession
Response: Watch, watch and pray, Jesus will keep to his word
Hymn 286 Tell out my soul the greatness of the Lord
Benediction and Threefold Amen
Closing Voluntary – Gloria. Johann André. (1742-1799)
Sunday Services: We are pleased to welcome Rev Dr Martin Scott to conduct the service today.
Next Sunday, 11 December, Rev Ron Smith will be with us again to lead our worship.
Leith Churches Together Lunch-time service: The December service is at North Leith, in the Session House, this Thursday, 8th, at 1pm. Remember to bring your own lunch, hot drinks will be provided.
We are collecting Christmas gifts for the Citadel children and families today and on 11th December.
Welcome gifts include board games, books, craft materials, toys, toiletries (for all the family, male and female), winter pyjamas (for 3 to 12 year-olds), clothes, and treats such as selection boxes.
Christmas Appeal: The Kirk Session has chosen the Red Cross Afghanistan Crisis Appeal to benefit from our ‘away’ Christmas appeal this year.
The appeal will be open through December and into early January.
(For individual anonymous donations up to £30, tax can be claimed through the Gift Aid small donations scheme, if you are giving over £30 please use a gift aid envelope if you can.)
Church Magazine: The latest magazine is available today for distributors and others who want a paper copy.
Refugees clothing appeal: Thank you to everyone who donated warm clothes.
Pauline says she has enough for now.