An Advent Carol Service
Canticle
Carol 1
Bidding Prayers and Introduction.
Collect
Reading: Gen 1.1-5 Let there be light
Response
A Song of the New Jerusalem
response:
Arise, shine out, for your light has come,
the glory of the Lord is rising upon you.
Though night still covers the earth, ♦
and darkness the peoples;
All:
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is gracious,
for his mercy endures for ever.
Above you the Holy One arises, ♦
and above you God’s glory appears.
All:
Who alone does great wonders,
for his mercy endures for ever.
The nations will come to your light, ♦
and kings to your dawning brightness.
All:
Who by wisdom made the heavens,
for his mercy endures for ever.
Your gates will lie open continually, ♦
shut neither by day nor by night.
All:
Who laid out the earth upon the waters,
for his mercy endures for ever.
The sound of violence shall be heard no longer in your land, ♦
or ruin and devastation within your borders.
All:
Who made the great lights,
for his mercy endures for ever.
You will call your walls, Salvation, ♦
and your gates, Praise.
All:
The sun to rule the day,
for his mercy endures for ever.
No more will the sun give you daylight, ♦
nor moonlight shine upon you;
All:
The moon and the stars to govern the night,
for his mercy endures for ever.
But the Lord will be your everlasting light, ♦
your God will be your splendour.
from Psalm 136
Carol 2
For you shall be called the city of God, ♦
the dwelling of the Holy One of Israel.
Reading: Baruch 4. 36-37, 5. 5-9 Look to the East
Carol 3
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Isaiah 60.1-3,11a,18-19,14b
response:
Arise, shine out, for your light has come,
the glory of the Lord is rising upon you.
Anthem/choir piece/worship band
Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5. 1-11, 23-24 You are not in darkness
Address
Carol 4
Prayers
This response may be used:
All:
Maranatha
Amen. Come Lord Jesus
Carol 5
Reading: John 3. 16-21 I am the Light of the World
Conclusion
Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming
the good news of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the
kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good
news.’
Mark 1. 14, 15
All:
With love and compassion
Come Lord Jesus
All:
With Judgement and mercy
Come Lord Jesus
All:
In power and glory
Come Lord Jesus
All:
In wisdom and truth
Come Lord Jesus
Carol 6
The President declares a blessing to which all respond, Amen.
All:
As we await our coming Saviour
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ. Amen.
The ministers and people depart.
Example Carols:
O Come, O Come Emmanuel
Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus
Lo, He comes with Clouds Descending
People Look East
Hark the Glad Sound
Hills of the North, Rejoice
Long Ago, prophets knew,
Be Still for the presence of the Lord
On Jordan’s Bank,
Restore O Lord,
+ Two or three carols from Christmastide.