Sunday 5 December, 2021


2nd Sunday of Advent 

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

[As with other suggestions for Christmas this year, very well-known carols are omitted, allowing space for a wider range of choice. Also see Thirty second Christmas, and our new resource for planning a Blue Christmas service.] 

Lighting of Advent candles (using verses as appropriate)

Advent candles tell their story (StF 165)
'Christmas is coming!' The Church is glad to sing (StF 166)
Light a candle in a darkened place (StF 174)
Like a candle flame, flickering small in our darkness (StF 176)
The days are surely coming (website only) – especially suitable as we enter Year C of the Lectionary

Baruch 5: 1-9

Hills of the North, rejoice (StF 172)
Oh freedom, oh freedom, oh freedom (StF 697)
There is a new heaven; there is a new earth (StF 738)
Your will be done on earth, O Lord (StF 760)

or Malachi 3: 1-4

God of grace and God of glory, on your people pour your power (StF 682)
Hark the glad sound! The Saviour comes (StF 171) esp. v.3
Lo, he comes with clouds descending (StF 177)
Purify my heart, let me be as gold (StF 508)
There's a light upon the mountains (StF 188)

Canticle: Benedictus (Luke 1: 68-79)

Hymn echoing theme of canticle

Come, Lord Jesus, come (StF 168)
Come, thou long-expected Jesus (StF 169)
Good news, good news to you we bring (StF 201)
Like a candle flame (StF 176)
The silent stars shine down on us (StF 231)

Philippians 1: 3-11

All praise to our redeeming Lord, who joins us by his grace (StF 608)
Come and let us sweetly join Christ to praise in hymns divine (StF 646)
Into the darkness of this world (StF 173)
Sing we the King who is coming to reign (StF 185) a hymn about the ‘second coming’
Thanks for friends who keep on loving (StF 619)
Thou God of truth and love, we seek thy perfect way (StF 620)

Luke 3: 1-6

God, who made the stars of heaven (StF 7)
O come, O come Immanuel (StF 180)
On Jordan's bank the Baptist's cry announces that the Lord is nigh (StF 182)
Praise to the God who clears the way (StF 183)
Wild and lone the prophet's voice (St 189)

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