Sunday 18 December, 2016

4th Sunday of Advent

Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading

Lighting of Advent candles
Singing the Faith Plus offers a number of options for Advent Candle Liturgies

Useful hymns (using verses as appropriate)

Advent candles tell their story (StF 165)
Candles we light upon the Advent ring (website only)
‘Christmas is coming!’ The Church is glad to sing (StF 166)
God whose almighty word (StF 106)
Light a candle in a darkened place (StF 174)
Light of the world, you stepped down in darkness (StF 175)
Light we now our candle’s flame (website only)
Like a candle flame, flickering small in our darkness (StF 176)
Longing for light, we wait in darkness (“Christ, be our light!”) (StF 706)
Round orange, round orange (StF 184) (a Christingle carol)

Isaiah 7: 10-16

* Emmanuel, Emmanuel (StF 198)
Heal us, Immanuel!  Hear our prayer (StF 650)
Let earth and heaven combine (StF 208)
* Like a candle flame, flickering small in our darkness (StF 176)
O come, O come, Immanuel (StF 180)
Sing of a God in majestic divinity (StF 13)
The Angel Gabriel from heaven came (StF 187)
There's a light upon the mountains (StF 188)

Psalm 80: 1-7, 17-19

Hymns echoing psalmist’s theme

Faithful One, so unchanging (StF 628)
God of my faith, I offer you my doubt (StF 629)
How long, O Lord, will you forget an answer to my prayer (StF 630)
Listening God, you hear us when we cannot speak (StF 524)
My heart is full of Christ, and longs (StF 506)

Romans 1: 1-7

God has spoken – by his prophets (StF 157)
Hail!  Holy, holy, holy Lord (StF 9)
Long ago, prophets knew Christ would come (StF 178)
Your hand, O God, has guided your flock, from age to age (StF 692)

Matthew 1: 18-25

* Emmanuel, Emmanuel (StF 198)
Glory be to God on high (StF 199)
God moves in a mysterious way (StF 104)
I danced in the morning (StF 247)
Into the darkness of the world (StF 173)
* Like a candle flame, flickering small in our darkness (StF 176)
Let me tell you about a baby, and his family (StF 209)
Love came down at Christmas (StF 210)
Who would think that what was needed (StF 222)
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