Advent 3

11 December

Advent 3 | Waiting

First Reading: James 5.7–10

Be patient, therefore, beloved, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. You also must be patient. Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near. Beloved, do not grumble against one another, so that you may not be judged. See, the Judge is standing at the doors! As an example of suffering and patience, beloved, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.

Gospel Reading: Matthew 11.2–11

When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples and said to him, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?’ Jesus answered them, ‘Go and tell John what you hear and see: The blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news brought to them. And blessed is anyone who takes no offence at me.’

As they went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John: ‘What did you go out into the wilderness to look at? A reed shaken by the wind? What then did you go out to see? Someone dressed in soft robes? Look, those who wear soft robes are in royal palaces. What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is the one about whom it is written,
“See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,
who will prepare your way before you.”
Truly I tell you, among those born of women no one has arisen greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

8 (SMC)

Leader: Gavin
Preacher: Gavin

9 (COE)

Leader: Marie
Preacher: Marie

9.30 (SMC)

Leader: Gavin
Preacher: Gavin

10.30 (HTC)

Leader: Terry
Preacher: John

11 (SPC)

Leader: Marie
Preacher: Marie

9.30am Order of Worship (SMC)

Welcomer: Andrea Peets


Song – Shout to the Lord (BT)

Prayer of Preparation

Confession and Absolution

Song – I Believe in Jesus (BT)

Communion and Distribution

Song During Communion – Let all mortal flesh keep silence (Unison)

Prayer After Communion


Hymn: Come Down O Love Divine

Sunday School for Under 11s – Abraham, Sarah and Isaac – Genesis 12-22 – Helen, Anna (no Shirene)

Bible Reading – Kaori


Prayers – Pansy


Hymn: Come Down O Love Divine

Dismissal Prayer


Go in Peace…