Parts for Advent Service 2018:
|Come Lord Jesus come
And let your light shine through us
So that through our actions we may be salt for the earth, a light in peoples sight
And that we might reach out to you in one another especially those in need.
|This evening, as we light the candles on our Advent wreath, we will remember that Jesus comes to spread the light of love and peace to the four corners of the world.
North, South, East and West, we all prepare to celebrate the coming of Christ amongst us. Our reflection helps us to prepare to welcome Jesus into our hearts by showing how parts of our world prepare in different ways.
|One family, one community, one world, we wait in joyful hope and expectation for dreams to come true. Dreams of peace on earth for peoples of all nations.
|Oliver and ______
|Two children come forward one to light the candle and one holding the flag. Child lights the candle and the flag is placed by the altar.
|Claudia and Deya
|Two children then come forward. One is dressed as a young Jewish lady (Mary) the other a boy.
|Our final reflection this evening takes us back to where the story began. A story of hope, peace, joy and love for all. The coming of Emmanuel, God’s son, born in a stable.
Let us listen again as if for the first time, the story of the birth of Jesus.
|For God so loved the world that he gave his only –begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not die but have eternal life. For God sent the Son in to the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.” John 3: 16 -17
|Mime – Angel Gabriel
|Mime – Mary
|Two thousand years ago a young Jewish girl living in Nazareth, Israel was chosen to be the mother of God’s only son Jesus.
God sent his messenger, the angel Gabriel, to a town called Nazareth, where Mary lived. Mary was going to be married to Joseph. “Rejoice, Mary,” the angel said. “God has especially chosen you.”
|Mary did not understand what the angel could mean and she was frightened.
The angel said, “Mary, do not be afraid. You are going to have a baby boy. You must call him Jesus. He will be great. He will be called the son of the Most High.”
Pause for singing
Mary replied, “I am ready to do what God wants me to do.”
|Mary was filled with joy and happiness. She went to visit her cousin Elizabeth to tell her the news. Mary responded to God’s call and prayed a special song of praise and thanks to God. We call this The Magnificat.
|Sara, Maria, Sofia,
Ciara A, Andria, Naomi
|6 children to dance to Magnificat
|Mary and Joseph then journeyed on to Bethlehem – a journey of suffering, pain and hostility – until they were able to bring the Son of God into our human world.
A baby, lying in a crib, who would grow up to be our Saviour, who would die and rise again so that we can have Eternal Life.
|God sent Jesus to us at Christmas to show us how much he loves us. God’s gift to us, the greatest gift of love.
Let us pray in silence for a time and focus on the crib, thinking about the gifts we can bring to our world, gifts that Jesus wants us to give to the world.
|We bring the gift of hope –
Today, millions of refugees are fleeing war, natural disaster, poverty or persecution in search for a better life.
We are called to stand alongside our sisters and brothers in solidarity, sharing our hope for a world transformed.
|(child places the dove of hope by the crib.)
|My Soul Glorifies the Lord
|Peace Child (verse 1)
|The Angel Gabriel (verse 1)
|V1 – Keira C
V2 – Olivia
V3 – Kate
Below, you will find some of the songs to practice singing to: