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 R R 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.