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A Taize Service for Advent

Chant: Stay with us, O Lord Jesus Christ 

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1meYyUx5pA0


Reading: Isaiah 40. 1-8 

Comfort, O comfort my people,
   says your God.
Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,
   and cry to her
that she has served her term,
   that her penalty is paid,
that she has received from the Lord’s hand
   double for all her sins.


A voice cries out:
‘In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord,
   make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
Every valley shall be lifted up,
   and every mountain and hill be made low;
the uneven ground shall become level,
   and the rough places a plain.
Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed,
   and all people shall see it together,
   for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.’


A voice says, ‘Cry out!’
   And I said, ‘What shall I cry?’
All people are grass,
   their constancy is like the flower of the field.
The grass withers, the flower fades,
   when the breath of the Lord blows upon it;
   surely the people are grass.
The grass withers, the flower fades;
   but the word of our God will stand for ever.

Chant: The Kingdom of God is justice and peace

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qns5i7gSwWk

Reading: Jeremiah 23. 5-6 

The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will raise up for David a righteous branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness.’

 SILENCE

Reading: Zechariah 9. 9-10 

Rejoice greatly, O daughter Zion!
   Shout aloud, O daughter Jerusalem!
Lo, your king comes to you;
   triumphant and victorious is he,
humble and riding on a donkey,
   on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
He will cut off the chariot from Ephraim
   and the warhorse from Jerusalem;
and the battle-bow shall be cut off,
   and he shall command peace to the nations;
his dominion shall be from sea to sea,
   and from the River to the ends of the earth. 

Chant: My peace I give you 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-TIUXM1gns 

Reading: Mark 1-8 

The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

As it is written in the prophet Isaiah,
‘See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,
   who will prepare your way;
the voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
   “Prepare the way of the Lord,
   make his paths straight” ’,
John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. He proclaimed, ‘The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.’

Chant: Prepare the way of the Lord 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Io252KZJnHY

Prayers and Chant - O Lord, hear my prayer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTuFglyOQvI  

On this recording, the chant is heard six times (5th is instruments only); suggest you pause after each, so as to alternate chant and prayers.  

As we enter into this first Sunday of Advent, we acknowledge the darkness that is within us, and the darkness that permeates our world.

We acknowledge the suffering, tragedy, and pain by which humanity is afflicted, especially that which caused by the Covid19 pandemic. 

We consider the mystery of your ways, that you became incarnate as a helpless baby, not as a warrior or a king; as one who humbly accepted suffering and humiliation and named it glory.

We choose in this moment to focus on hope; the hope of Jesus Christ and all that his coming represents for suffering people; the hope for restoration of all that is broken in our world, the hope of new life and resurrection.

Grant, Oh God, that when he comes, Christ may find us waiting in expectation, our souls quieted, our hearts at peace and open.

In Christ all things are made new, and we look forward to the day our hope is fulfilled, each heart is reconciled, and the work of Christ completed in all the earth.

Reading: Romans 8. 28-39

We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn within a large family. And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified.

What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written,
‘For your sake we are being killed all day long;
   we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered.’
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 Chant: Wait for the Lord 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5VxXp3CKww  

Reading: Advent Carol (Rowan Williams) 

He will come like last leaf’s fall.

One night when the November wind

has flayed the trees to the bone, and earth

wakes choking on the mould,

the soft shroud’s folding.

 

He will come like frost.

One morning when the shrinking earth

opens on mist, to find itself

arrested in the net

of alien, sword-set beauty.

He will come like dark.

One evening when the bursting red

December sun draws up the sheet

and penny-masks its eye to yield

the star-snowed fields of sky.

 

He will come, will come,

will come like crying in the night,

like blood, like breaking,

as the earth writhes to toss him free.

He will come like child. 

SILENCE 

Chant: Jesus, remember me

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGB2E0NzO2A 

Blessing 

Christ the Sun of Righteousness shine upon us,

scatter the darkness from before our path,

and make us ready to meet him when he comes in glory;

and the blessing of God Almighty,

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,

rest upon us and all whom we love,

now and always, 

Amen.