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The Parish Church of St Paul, Drighlington


Welcome to this house of prayer

THE Advent Wreath As we light the Advent candles week by week they help us to remember the people who prepared the way for the birth of Jesus. They also remind us that we too need to prepare our hearts and minds if we are to receive the miracle of Christmas

We stand to sing a HYMN we remain standing as THE ADVENT CANDLE is lit Advent 1: The Patriarchs Advent 2: The Prophets Advent 3: John the Baptist Advent 4: The Virgin Mary Christmas Day: Jesus is born THE GREETING Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you and also with you Advent is a season of expectation and preparation as we look forward to celebrating the first coming of Christ at Christmas and his second coming at the end of time. As we prepare ourselves, we ask for Gods FORGIVENESS Jesus says, Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand. Silence is kept for reflection We sing: (Addington service)) Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy Christ have mercy, Christ have mercy, Christ have mercy Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy

We receive Gods forgiveness May the God of all healing and forgiveness draw you to himself, and cleanse you from all your sins that we may behold the glory of his Son, the Word made Flesh, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen Let us pray Silence is kept COLLECT for the day We sit for READINGS from the Old and New Testaments We stand to sing a HYMN We turn to face THE GOSPEL Alleluia, alleluia. Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight, and all flesh shall see the salvation of God. Alleluia. Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to N Glory to you, O Lord This is the Gospel of the Lord Glory to you, O Christ We sit for THE ADDRESS

We stand for the CREED I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. Please sit for THE PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION This response: may be used Marantha! Come Lord Jesus! Ending Merciful Father accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ Amen Silence is kept after the intercessions

We stand to share THE PEACE God will speak peace to his people, to those who turn to him in their hearts. The peace of the Lord be always with you and also with you Let us offer one another a sign of peace. We stand to sing a HYMN during which the Collection is taken and the bread and wine brought to the altar. We remain standing THE EUCHARIST 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 The president praises God for his mighty acts and we respond (Israeli Mass) Holy, holy, holy, holy God of power and might; Heavn 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. The president recalls the Last Supper

Jesus Christ is Lord: Lord, by your cross and resurrection You have set us free. You are the Saviour of the world. The prayer continues and we say Amen We sit Silence is kept As our Saviour has taught us, so we pray Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be they name; thy Kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory for ever and ever. Amen. The president breaks the consecrated bread Every time we eat this bread and drink this cup, We proclaim the Lords death until he comes.

We sing Jesus, Lamb of God: have mercy on us. Jesus, bearer of our sins: have mercy on us. Jesus, redeemer of the world: give us your peace. 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. GIVING OF COMMUNION All are welcome to receive the bread and the wine or a blessing. We sit to sing during communion PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION O Lord our God, make us watchful and keep us faithful as we await the coming of your Son our Lord; that, when he shall appear, he may not find us sleeping in sin but active in his service and joyful in his praise. Amen Christ the son of Righteousness shine upon you, scatter the darkness from before your path, and make you ready to meet him when he comes in glory; And the blessing .. Amen



We stand for the HYMN The DISMISSAL Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. In the name of Christ Amen

Coffee is served after the service, please do stay if you can.