Sunday 4 December. 2016

2nd 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 11: 1-10

Father of everlasting grace (StF 378)
Long ago, prophets knew (StF 178)
Make me a channel of your peace (StF 707)
Shalom chaverim (Shalom, my friends) (StF 414)
Sing we the King who is coming to reign (StF 185)
Spirit of God, unseen as the wind (StF 394)
The prophets’ voice comes down the years (StF 162)
There is a new heaven; there is a new earth (StF 738)
We do not look for angel choirs (website only)
We pray for peace, but not the easy peace (StF 719)

Psalm 72: 1-7, 18-19

Hymns echoing psalmist’s theme

Father in heaven, grant to your children (StF 4)
From all that dwell below the skies (StF 75)
Hail to the Lord’s Anointed (StF 228)
Jesus shall reign where'er the sun (StF 328)
Lord, your Church on earth is seeking (StF 410)
May the God of hope go with us every day (StF 411)
Send down the fire of your justice (StF 413)
Sing we the King who is coming to reign (StF 185)

Romans 15: 4-13

Being of beings, God of love (StF 490)
Brother, sister, let me serve you (StF 611)
Come, all who look to Christ today (StF 678)
Come, and let us sweetly join Christ to praise in hymns divine (StF 646)
Community of Christ, who make the Cross your own (StF 681)
Fill thou my life, O Lord my God (StF 73)
Help us, O Lord, to learn (StF 501)
Jesus comes with all his grace (StF 326)
Jesus is Lord! Creation's voice proclaims it (StF 353)
Let us a build a house where love can dwell (StF 409)
May the God of hope go with us every day (StF 411)
Not far beyond the sea nor high above the heavens, but very nigh (StF 159)
There’s a wideness in God’s mercy (StF 416)
Through the love of God our Saviour (StF 639)

Matthew 3: 1-12

Day of judgment! Day of wonder! (StF 732)
Give voice to the prophets who speak the hard word (website only)
Into the darkness of this world (StF 173)
My God!  I know, I feel thee mine (StF 390)
O come, O come, Immanuel (StF 180)
On Jordan's bank the Baptist's cry (StF 182)
See how great a flame aspires (StF 412)
Praise to the God who clears the way (StF 183)
We wait in hope for hope to come (website only)
Wild and lone the prophet’s voice (StF 189)
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