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Advent 1 – Sunday 3 December 2017

Isaiah 64.1-9 

64 O that you would tear open the heavens and come down,
   so that the mountains would quake at your presence— 
2 as when fire kindles brushwood
   and the fire causes water to boil—
to make your name known to your adversaries,
   so that the nations might tremble at your presence! 
3 When you did awesome deeds that we did not expect,
   you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence. 
4 From ages past no one has heard,
   no ear has perceived,
no eye has seen any God besides you,
   who works for those who wait for him. 
5 You meet those who gladly do right,
   those who remember you in your ways.
But you were angry, and we sinned;
   because you hid yourself we transgressed. 
6 We have all become like one who is unclean,
   and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy cloth.
We all fade like a leaf,
   and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. 
7 There is no one who calls on your name,
   or attempts to take hold of you;
for you have hidden your face from us,
   and have delivered us into the hand of our iniquity. 
8 Yet, O Lord, you are our Father;
   we are the clay, and you are our potter;
   we are all the work of your hand. 
9 Do not be exceedingly angry, O Lord,
   and do not remember iniquity for ever.
   Now consider, we are all your people.


But who may abide the day of his coming? … For he is like a refiner’s fire

From Messiah by GF Handel (1685-1759)
Sung by Michael Chance, counter-tenor

But who may abide the day of His coming, and who shall stand when he appeareth? For he is like a refiner’s fire. (Malachi 3: 2)


Psalm 80.1-7, 17-19

1 Hear, O Shepherd of Israel,
you that led Joseph like a flock:
you that are enthroned upon the cherubim,
shine out in glory;

2 Before Ephraim, Benjamin and Manasseh:
stir up your power, and come to save us.

3 Restore us again, O Lord of hosts:
show us the light of your countenance,
and we shall be saved.

4 O Lord God of hosts:
how long will you be angry at your people’s prayer?

5 You have fed them with the bread of tears:
and given them tears to drink in good measure.

6 You have made us the victim of our neighbours:
and our enemies laugh us to scorn.

7 Restore us again, O Lord of hosts:
show us the light of your countenance,
and we shall be saved.

17 Let your power rest on the man at your right hand:
on that son of man
whom you made so strong for yourself.

18 And so we shall not turn back from you:
give us life, and we will call upon your name.

19 Restore us again, O Lord of hosts:
show us the light of your countenance,
and we shall be saved.


1 Corinthians 1.1-9

Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes,

To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, together with all those who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 

I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind— just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you— so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.


Mark 13.24-37

‘But in those days, after that suffering,
the sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give its light,
and the stars will be falling from heaven,
and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.

Then they will see “the Son of Man coming in clouds” with great power and glory. Then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.

‘From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

‘But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come. It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his slaves in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to be on the watch. Therefore, keep awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn, or else he may find you asleep when he comes suddenly. And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake.’


Wake, O wake!

Tune and words by Philipp Nicolai (1556-1608) Tr F C Burkitt (1864-1935)
arranged by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750),
Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge
Michael Waldron, organ
Stephen Layton, conductor

1. Wake, O wake! with tidings thrilling
The watchmen all the air are filling,
Arise, Jerusalem, arise!
Midnight strikes! no more delaying,
‘The hour has come!’ we hear them saying,
Where are ye all, ye virgins wise?
The Bridegroom comes in sight,
Raise high your torches bright!
The wedding song
Swells loud and strong:
Go forth and join the festal throng!

2. Sion hears the watchmen shouting,
Her heart leaps up with joy undoubting,
She stands and waits with eager eyes;
See her Friend from heaven descending,
Adorned with truth and grace unending!
Her light burns clear, her star doth rise.
Now come, thou precious crown,
Lord Jesu, God’s own Son!
Let us prepare
To follow there,
Where in Thy supper we may share.


Chorale Prelude on Wachet Auf!

Johann Ludwig Krebs (1713-1780)
Tune by Philipp Nicolai (1556-1608)
David Christensen, organist
Played at Eden Lutheran Church in Riverside, California


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