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The Third Sunday before Advent

The Sunday between 6 and 12 November

12th November 2017

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First Service

Collect One

O Lord, we beseech thee,
absolve thy people from their offences;
that through thy bountiful goodness
we may all be delivered from the bonds of those sins,
which by our frailty we have committed;
Grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake,
our blessed Lord and Saviour.

Collect Two

Almighty Father,
whose will is to restore all things
in your beloved Son, the king of all:
Govern the hearts and minds of those in authority,
and bring the families of the nations,
divided and torn apart by the ravages of sin,
to be subject to his just and gentle rule;
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

The First Reading

The Psalm

Psalm 78: 1–7 or Psalm 70

The Second Reading

1 Thessalonians 4: 13–18

The Gospel Reading

Matthew 25: 1–13

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Post Communion Prayer

God of peace,
whose Son Jesus Christ proclaimed the kingdom
and restored the broken to wholeness of life:
Look with compassion on the anguish of the world,
and by your healing power
make whole both people and nations;
through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Suggested Hymns

(c) 1st Reading Judges 4: 1–7
No suggested hymns

(c) Psalm Psalm 123 [Pr9B*]
696* God, we praise you! God, we bless you
208 [Hearken, O Lord, have mercy upon us]

(p) 1st Reading Zephaniah 1: 7, 12–18
51* Awake, my soul, and with the sun
635* Lord, be my guardian and my guide
140 The Lord will come and not be slow

(p) Psalm Psalm 90: 1–8 (9–11) 12
6* Immortal, invisible, God only wise
537* O God, our help in ages past

2nd Reading 1 Thessalonians 5: 1–11
643* Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart
219* From heav’n you came, helpless babe
67* God, who made the earth and heaven
126* Hark! a thrilling voice is sounding
523* Help us to help each other, Lord
487* Soldiers of Christ, arise
143 Waken, O sleeper, wake and rise

The Gospel Matthew 25: 14–30
346* Angel voices, ever singing
51* Awake, my soul, and with the sun
453* Come, to us, creative Spirit
567* Forth in thy name, O Lord, I go
48 God, in his love for us lent us this planet
363* O Lord of earth and heaven and sea
527* Son of God, eternal Saviour
597* Take my life, and let it be
598 Take this moment, sign and space

Second Service

Collect One

O Lord, we beseech thee,
absolve thy people from their offences;
that through thy bountiful goodness
we may all be delivered from the bonds of those sins,
which by our frailty we have committed;
Grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake,
our blessed Lord and Saviour.

Collect Two

Almighty Father,
whose will is to restore all things
in your beloved Son, the king of all:
Govern the hearts and minds of those in authority,
and bring the families of the nations,
divided and torn apart by the ravages of sin,
to be subject to his just and gentle rule;
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

The First Reading

Judges 7: 2–22

The Psalm

Psalms [20], 82

The Second Reading

The Gospel Reading

John 15: 9–17

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Post Communion Prayer

God of peace,
whose Son Jesus Christ proclaimed the kingdom
and restored the broken to wholeness of life:
Look with compassion on the anguish of the world,
and by your healing power
make whole both people and nations;
through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

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