A Worship Service  for Advent Season
Common Worship

To accompany the video service on Sunday morning or the Audio Service (but then we omit the Gloria and Creed)

THE ORDER OF SERVICE FOR THE PRESENTATION OF CHRIST IN THE TEMPLE 
Common Worship

To accompany the online service on Sunday morning on 31st January

We Gather to Worship God

Open me the gates of righteousness:
and I will enter and give thanks to the Lord.

The Lord of glory be with you.
The Lord bless you.

Dear friends: forty days ago we celebrated the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Now we recall the day on which he was presented in the Temple, when he was

offered to the Father and shown to his people. As a sign of his coming among us,  

his mother was purified, as we now come to him for cleansing. In their old age Simeon

and Anna recognized him as their Lord, as we today sing of his glory.

 

In this eucharist, we celebrate both the joy of his coming and his searching judgement,

looking back to the day of his birth and forward to the coming days of his passion.

Prayer of Penitence

Jesus says, 'I am the light of the world. He who follows me shall not walk in darkness,

but will have the light of life.’  Let us then bring our secret sins into his light and confess

them in penitence and faith.

All sit or kneel.  Silence is kept for self examination.

We Ask for God's Forgiveness

Father eternal, giver of light and grace,

we have sinned against you and against our neighbour,

in what we have thought, in what we have said and done,

through ignorance, through weakness, through our own deliberate fault.

We have wounded your love, and marred your image in us.

We are sorry and ashamed, and repent of all our sins.

 For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,  who died for us,

 forgive us all that is past;

 and lead us out from darkness to walk as children of light.  Amen.

We Receive God's Forgiveness

Almighty God,
who forgives all who truly repent,
have mercy upon you,
pardon and deliver you from all your sins,
confirm and strengthen you in all goodness,
and keep you in life eternal;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Gloria (we stand)

Glory to God in the highest,

and peace to his people on earth.

Lord God, heavenly King,

almighty God and Father,

we worship you, we give you thanks,

we praise you for your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,

Lord God, Lamb of God,

you take away the sin of the world:

have mercy on us;

you are seated at the right hand of the Father

receive our prayer. 

For you alone are the Holy One,

you alone are the Lord,

you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ,

with the Holy Spirit,

in the glory of God the Father. Amen

The Prayer for Today

Almighty Father,
whose Son Jesus Christ was presented in the Temple
and acclaimed the glory of Israel
and the light of the nations:

grant that in him we may be presented to you
and in the world may reflect his glory;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

We Listen to God's Word

First Reading (please sit)

At the end the reader may say

This is the word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Today the Lord is presented in the Temple in substance of our mortal nature.
Alleluia!

Today the Blessed Virgin comes to be purified in accordance with the law.
Alleluia!

Today old Simeon proclaims Christ as the light of the nations and the glory of Israel.
Alleluia! Praise to Christ, the Light of the world!

Amen.

Gospel Reading - please stand

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke.

Glory to you O Lord.

At the end the reader may say

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.

 

Sermon

We Affirm Our Faith

We believe in God the Father, 

from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named.

We believe in God the Son,

who lives in our hearts through faith, 

and fills us with his love.

We believe in God the Holy Spirit,

who strengthens us with power from on high.

We believe in one God;

Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Prayers of Intercession

This response may be used

Lord, have mercy,

Christ, have mercy.

We Share God's Peace

In the tender compassion of our God the dawn from on high has broken upon us,

to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, and to guide our feet

into the way of peace.

 

The peace of the Lord be always with you
and also with you.

Preparation of the Altar

Be present, be present, Lord Jesus Christ, our risen high priest;
make yourself known in the breaking of bread.
Amen.
 

The Eucharistic Prayer

The Lord is here
His spirit is with us

 

Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.

 

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give thanks and praise.

It is indeed right and good,
always and everywhere to give you thanks and praise
through Jesus Christ, who is one with you from all eternity.
For on this day he appeared in the temple
in substance of our flesh to come near to us in judgement.
He searches the hearts of all your people
and brings to light the image of your splendour.
Your servant Simeon acclaimed him as the light to lighten the nations
while Anna spoke of him to all who looked for your redemption.
Destined for the falling and rising of many, he was lifted high upon the cross
and a sword of sorrow pierced his mother’s heart
when by his sacrifice he made our peace with you.
And now we rejoice and glorify your name that we, too, have seen your salvation
and join with angels and archangels in their unending hymn of praise:

Holy, holy, holy Lord,
God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

We praise and bless you, loving Father,
through Jesus Christ, our Lord;
and as we obey his command, send your Holy Spirit,
that broken bread and wine outpoured
may be for us the body and blood of your dear Son.
On the night before he died he had supper with his friends
and, taking bread, he praised you.
He broke the bread, gave it to them and said:
Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;
do this in remembrance of me.
When supper was ended he took the cup of wine.
Again he praised you, gave it to them and said:
Drink this, all of you;
this is my blood of the new covenant,
which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.
So, Father, we remember all that Jesus did,
in him we plead with confidence his sacrifice
made once for all upon the cross.

Bringing before you the bread of life and cup of salvation,
we proclaim his death and resurrection until he comes in glory.

Christ has died:
Christ is risen:
Christ will come again.

Lord of all life, help us to work together for that day
when your kingdom comes
and justice and mercy will be seen in all the earth.

Look with favour on your people, gather us in your loving arms
and bring us with all the saints to feast at your table in heaven.

Through Christ, and with Christ, and in Christ,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all honour and glory are yours, O loving Father,
for ever and ever.
Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

As our Saviour taught us , so we pray

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.

Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Breaking of the Bread

We break the bread of life, and that life is the light of the world.
God here among us, light in the midst of us, bring us to light and life.

Agnus Dei

Lamb of God,                      or         Jesus Lamb of God

you take away                                 have mercy on us

the sin of the world,          

have mercy on us.                             Jesus bearer of our sins

                                                     have mercy on us

Lamb of God,                      

you take away                                  Jesus redeemer of the world     

the sin of the world,                           Give us your peace.

have mercy on us.     

       

 Lamb of God,

 you take away

 the sin of the world,

 grant us peace.

The Giving of Communion

The gifts of God for the people of God.

Jesus Christ is holy,

Jesus Christ is Lord,

to the glory of God the Father.

 

We take part in Spiritual Communion

Loving God,

we give thanks for the saving death and resurrection of Jesus,

and we ask you to be close to us just now.

Thanks be to you, Lord Jesus Christ,

for all the benefits you have given me,

for all the pains and insults you have borne for me.

Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally,

I ask you to come spiritually into my heart.

O most merciful redeemer, friend and brother,

may I know you more clearly, love you more dearly,

and follow you more nearly, day by day. Amen.

After Communion

Lord, you fulfilled the hope of Simeon and Anna,
who lived to welcome the Messiah:
may we, who have received these gifts beyond words,
prepare to meet Christ Jesus when he comes

to bring us to eternal life;
for he is alive and reigns, now and for ever.

Amen

Candlemas Procession

 

Now, Lord, you let your servant go in peace:
your word has been fulfilled.

My own eyes have seen the salvation
which you have prepared in the sight of every people;

A light to reveal you to the nations
and the glory of your people Israel.
 

Luke 2.29-32

Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever.  Amen.

We Go With God's Blessing

Father, here we bring to an end our celebration of the Saviour's birth.
Help us, in whom he has been born, to live his life that has no end.

 

Here we have offered the Church's sacrifice of praise.
Help us, who have received the bread of life, to be thankful for your gift.

Here we have rejoiced with faithful Simeon and Anna.
Help us, who have found the Lord in his temple, to trust in your eternal promises.

Here we have greeted the Light of the world.
Help us, who now extinguish these candles, never to forsake the light of Christ.

All now extinguish their candles.
 

Here we now stand near the place of baptism.
Help us, who are marked with the cross, to share the Lord's death and resurrection.

Here we turn from Christ's birth to his passion.
Help us, for whom Lent is near, to enter deeply into the Easter mystery.

Here we bless one another in your name.
Help us, who now go in peace, to shine with your light in the world.
Thanks be to God!  Amen.

Dismissal

Christ, whose glory fills the skies, fill you with radiance

and scatter the darkness from your path. Christ, the Sun of Righteousness,

gladden your eyes and warm your heart. Christ, the Dayspring from on high,

draw near to guide your feet into the way of peace.

And the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

be among you and remain with you always.

Amen.

Go in the light and peace of Christ.

Thanks be to God. Amen.

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THE ORDER OF SERVICE FOR ORDINARY TIME SEASON 
Common Worship

To accompany the online service on Sunday morning

The Gathering

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, 

and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father

and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

and also with you.

Prayer of Preparation

Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open,

all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hidden:

cleanse the thoughts of our hearts

by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, 

that we may perfectly love you,

and worthily magnify your holy name;

through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayers of Penitence

Almighty God, our heavenly Father,
we have sinned against you and against our neighbour
in thought and word and deed,
through negligence, through weakness,
through our own deliberate fault.
We are truly sorry and repent of all our sins.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
who died for us, forgive us all that is past
and grant that we may serve you in newness of life
to the glory of your name.

Amen.

The minister declares God’s forgiveness saying either:

           

Almighty God,
who forgives all who truly repent,
have mercy upon you,
pardon and deliver you from all your sins,
confirm and strengthen you in all goodness,
and keep you in life eternal;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

 

or

 

Almighty God have mercy on you,
forgive you your sins,
and bring you to everlasting life.
Amen.

 

Gloria (we stand)

Glory to God in the highest,

and peace to his people on earth.

Lord God, heavenly King,

almighty God and Father,

we worship you, we give you thanks,

we praise you for your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,

Lord God, Lamb of God,

you take away the sin of the world:

have mercy on us;

you are seated at the right hand of the Father

receive our prayer. 

For you alone are the Holy One,

you alone are the Lord,

you alone are the Most High,

Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit,

in the glory of God the Father. Amen

Collect

The president prays the collect which is the special prayer of the day.

At the end all respond

Amen.

First Reading (please sit)

At the end the reader may say

 

This is the word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Gospel Reading - please stand

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to ...

Glory to you, O Lord.

 

At the end the reader may say

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.

 

Sermon

We Affirm Our Faith

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth,

of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God,

eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light,

true God from true God, begotten, not made,

of one Being with the Father; through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven,

was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and was made man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; 

he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures;

he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,

and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,

who proceeds from the Father and the Son,

who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified,

who has spoken through the prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.

We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead,

and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Prayers

This response may be used

Lord of glory, hear our prayer.

The Peace

The minister uses one of these introductions to the peace.

We are the body of Christ.
In the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body.
Let us then pursue all that makes for peace
and builds up our common life.

or

 

‘Where two or three are gathered together in my name,’
says the Lord, ‘there am I in the midst of them.’

 

or

 

We are all one in Christ Jesus.
We belong to him through faith,
heirs of the promise of the Spirit of peace.

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

And also with you.

Let us offer one another a sign of peace.

The Preparation of the Altar

Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation:

through your goodness we have this bread to set before you,
which earth has given and human hands have made.
It will become for us the bread of life.

Blessed be God for ever.

 

Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation:
through your goodness we have this wine to set before you,
fruit of the vine and work of human hands.
It will become for us the cup of salvation.

Blessed be God for ever.

 

The Eucharistic Prayer

The Lord is here                       or              The Lord be with you

his spirit is with us                    or              and also with you.

Lift up your hearts

We lift them to the Lord

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give thanks and praise.

Father, you made the world and love your creation.
You gave your Son Jesus Christ to be our Saviour.
His dying and rising have set us free from sin and death.
And so we gladly thank you,
with saints and angels praising you, saying:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

We praise and bless you, loving Father,
through Jesus Christ, our Lord;
and as we obey his command,
send your Holy Spirit,
that broken bread and wine outpoured
may be for us the body and blood of your dear Son.

On the night before he died he had supper with his friends
and, taking bread, he praised you.
He broke the bread, gave it to them and said:

Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of me.

When supper was ended he took the cup of wine.
Again he praised you, gave it to them and said:

Drink this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant

which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.

Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.

So, Father, we remember all that Jesus did,
in him we plead with confidence his sacrifice
made once for all upon the cross.

Bringing before you the bread of life and cup of salvation,
we proclaim his death and resurrection until he comes in glory.

Christ has died:
Christ is risen:
Christ will come again.

Lord of all life, help us to work together for that day
when your kingdom comes and justice and mercy will be seen in all the earth.

Look with favour on your people, gather us in your loving arms
and bring us with the Blessed Virgin Mary, St John the Baptist, 

St Peter and St Paul and All Saints to feast at your table in heaven.

Through Christ, and with Christ, and in Christ,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

all honour and glory are yours, O loving Father, for ever and ever.

Blessing and honour and glory and power

be yours for ever and ever. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.

Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever.

Amen.

 

The Breaking Of The Bread

We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.

Though we are many, we are one body, because we all share in one bread.

Agnus Dei

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world, have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world, have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world, grant us peace.

Loving God, we give thanks for the saving death and resurrection of Jesus, and we ask you to be close to us just now.

Thanks be to you, Lord Jesus Christ, for all the benefits you have given me, for all the pains and insults you have borne for me. Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, I ask you to come spiritually into my heart. O most merciful redeemer, friend and brother, may I know you more clearly, love you more dearly, and follow you more nearly, day by day. Amen.

The Giving Of Communion

Draw near with faith. Receive the body of our Lord Jesus Christ

which he gave for you, and his blood which he shed for you.

Eat and drink in remembrance that he died for you, and feed on him

in your hearts by faith with thanksgiving.

 

or        

 

Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.

Blessed are those who are called to his supper.

 

Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word, and I shall be healed.

Prayer After Communion

The post communion prayer is said by the president followed by either

Almighty God,
we thank you for feeding us
with the body and blood of your Son Jesus Christ.
Through him we offer you our souls and bodies
to be a living sacrifice.
Send us out in the power of your Spirit
to live and work
to your praise and glory.  Amen.

or

Father of all, we give you thanks and praise,

that when we were still far off you met us in your Son and brought us home.

Dying and living, he declared your love, 

gave us grace and opened the gate of glory.

May we who share Christ's body live his risen life;

we who drink his cup bring life to others;

we whom the Spirit lights give light to the world.

Keep us firm in the hope you have set before us,

so we and all your children shall be free,

and the whole earth live to praise your name;

through Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Dismissal

The peace of God, which passes all understanding,
keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God,
and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord;
and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always. Amen.

Blessing

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

In the name of Christ. Amen.

To offer your monetary gift to God by supporting the work of the Tring Team Parish, please go to tringteamparish.org.uk/giving

Copyright: © The Archbishops’ Council 2000

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