St. Mary's Church

Advent Sunday

Advent Sunday

25 Nov 2021 • General news

Jeremiah 33. 14-16

14The days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will fulfil the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. 15In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. 16In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. And this is the name by which it will be called: ‘The LORD is our righteousness.’

1 Thessalonians 3. 9-end

9How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy that we feel before our God because of you? 10Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you face to face and restore whatever is lacking in your faith.

11Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus direct our way to you. 12And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we abound in love for you. 13And may he so strengthen your hearts in holiness that you may be blameless before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.

Luke 21. 25-36

Jesus said to his disciples: 25‘There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. 26People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27Then they will see “the Son of Man coming in a cloud” with power and great glory. 28Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.’

29Then he told them a parable: ‘Look at the fig tree and all the trees; 30as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near. 31So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. 32Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all things have taken place. 33Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

34Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, 35and that day catch you unexpectedly, like a trap. For it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth. 36Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.’

 Advent Wreath

The First Sunday of Advent: Hope

Leader: Today is the first Sunday of Advent. Advent means

“Coming” and in this season we prepare for the coming

of Christ. One of the ways we prepare for his coming

is by making an Advent wreath and lighting its candles

to remind us of the gifts Christ brings to the world.

Today we light the candle of hope. The people of Israel

hoped in God’s promises and were not disappointed.

Again and again God delivered Israel from its enemies.

We too have the same experience of salvation. That is

why we believe in God’s promise to send Jesus to us

once again to judge the world and establish his kingdom

forever upon the earth.

The first candle is lit.

All: Thank you God for the hope you give us.We ask

that as we wait for all your promises to come true,

and for Christ to come again, that you would remain

present with us. Help us today, and everyday to

worship you, to hear your word, and to do your will

by sharing your hope with each other. We ask it in

the name of the one who was born in Bethlehem.

Amen

We sing: Let there be hope shared among us,

let there be hope in our eyes.

May now your hope sweep this nation;

cause us, O Lord, to arise.

Give us a fresh understanding,

brotherly love that is real.

Let there be hope shared among us,

let there be hope.

Prayers, St Mary Walsgrave, 1st Sunday of Advent 28 November 2021 [prepared by Sue Morton]

Almighty God, our Heavenly Father

We come before you in faith, knowing you love us and are always with us; ever present in our joys and in our sorrows.

We look forward, at this Advent time, to your coming to us in Jesus this Christmas.

We give thanks for your church throughout the world and for all who have kept the faith.

We pray for people who are persecuted, scorned and rejected because of their faith in you.

We pray for new courage and hope for those who have lost their faith.

We ask for your blessing on those who teach the scriptures and tell of your coming.

We give thanks for the Reverend Buff Forbes-Stone, Area Dean of Coventry East Deanery and Vicar of St Catherine’s Stoke Aldermoor, presiding at our service this morning. Be with her, we pray.

As we enter this time of interregnum, we especially pray for our Lay Ministers, Tony, Lorraine and Stephen; our churchwardens, Barbara and John; and members of PCC.

Lord, in your mercyHear our prayer

We pray for the world, with all its mistakes and tragedies, that your Holy Spirit will bring order, serenity and hope.

We pray for and give thanks for Elizabeth our Queen.

We pray for the leaders and advisers of all nations, that they may respect the common good.

Lord, in your mercy Hear our prayer

Thank you for our homes, for our loved ones, for the peace we enjoy.

We bring to you, Father, the homeless, the lonely; people who are poverty stricken, deeply in debt; those dependent on alcohol and drugs, those affected by a breakdown of family life or strained relationships.

May your Holy Spirit be with them especially as Christmas approaches.

Lord, in your mercyHear our prayer

We pray for people who are suffering in body, mind or spirit.

Those finding life overwhelming, who cannot cope.

Those who are lonely and feel no-one cares.

Lord, may all who walk in darkness come to know your light and your love.

In the silence, we bring before you those known to us who are suffering at this time

SILENCE

Lord, in your mercyHear our prayer

Almighty God, giver of life

We remember in your presence our family and friends no longer with us and we give thanks for them.

We pray especially for people who have died recently.

May they rest with you in eternal life.

Be with those who mourn and help them to treasure their memories of their loved ones who have died.

Lord, in your mercyHear our prayer

Holy God

You have showed us, through your son Jesus, the true meaning of love and forgiveness.

At this time of preparation for Christmas, help us to make sure we have time for each other and for you.

Lift our hearts and minds so that we can do our best, for your sake.

Merciful Father,

Accept these prayers for the sake of your Son,

our Saviour, Jesus Christ.Amen