Order of Service
Cromarty Parish Church
10 December 2017
*Done as a congregation
**Please stand, or remain standing
Welcome and Intimations
Prayer of Approach*
God, our Father and shepherd, you come close when we need you and when we think we don’t. Good and faithful God, you are beside us each and every day, when we notice you and when we don’t: tending, mindful, leading and feeding; your eyes never stray from us. Call us back again, heavenly Father, to be with you in this hallowed time and place; blessed because we are your people and you are pleased to be our God. Call us beyond our small notions, beyond our great dreams, to see beauty and potential where we haven’t thought to look; to see your Spirit alive and agitating where we thought it was all down to us. May these days and weeks be a true advent of new thinking, new experiencing, and new communion with you, our Lord and our God. Amen.
Call to Worship: Isaiah 12:1-6*
In that day you will say: ‘I will praise you, Lord. Although you were angry with me, your anger has turned away and you have comforted me. Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid.
The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defence; he has become my salvation.’ With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.
In that day you will say: ‘Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted.
Sing to the Lord, for he has done glorious things; let this be known to all the world. Shout aloud and sing for joy, people of Zion, for great is the Holy One of Israel among you.’
Hymn of Praise: MP-210, Hark the Glad Sound, the Saviour Comes! (Crediton)**
Prayer of Adoration
Doxology (CH4, Hymn 807) and Presentation of the Offering*
Advent Reading/Lighting the Advent Candle
Advent Hymn: CH4 – 282 Christmas is Coming! (Chorus, Verses 1 Chorus, Verse 2, Chorus)*
Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 40:1-11
New Testament Reading: Mark 1:1-8
Hymn of Illumination: MP – 1358, There is Hope **
Sermon: A Promise of Peace
Responsive Hymn: CH4 – 536, May the Mind of Christ My Saviour**
Prayers of Intercession
Closing Hymn: CH4 – 166, Lord of All Hopefulness, Lord of All Joy (Slane)**
Benediction: 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
MP460 – May God’s Blessing Surround You**