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Meeting ID: 819 5449 9004

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Music: Rorate caeli

by Jeanne Demessieux (1921-68)

(Cavaillé-Coll Organ of the Abbey of St Étienne, Caen, France)


Drop down, ye heavens, from above, 
and let the skies pour down righteousness.


Now is the time to wake out of sleep,

For our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.


Romans 13 verse 11

In the name of the Father,

and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. 



The Greeting


Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father

and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you


and also with you.


Prayer of Preparation


Almighty God,

to whom all hearts are open,

all desires known,

and from whom no secrets are hidden:

cleanse the thoughts of our hearts

by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,

that we may perfectly love you,

and worthily magnify your holy name;

through Christ our Lord. 




Lighting the Advent Candle



The first candle – The Candle of Hope

read by Lydia and Evie Brown


The Patriarchs, Abraham, the Old Testament Ancestors of Jesus


God told Abraham that through him all the nations of the world would be blessed, because he trusted and put his hope in God. The Old Testament spoke of the coming of Christ, of how a Saviour would be born, a king in the line of King David. He would rule the world wisely and bless all the nations. We too believe in God’s promise to send Jesus again to this world to establish his kingdom upon earth.


The First Candle is lit


Hope is like a light shining in a dark place. As we look at the light of this candle we celebrate the hope we have in Jesus Christ.


We pray together;


God of Abraham and Sarah and all the Patriarchs of old, you are our Father too. Your love is revealed to us in Jesus Christ, Son of God, and Son of David. Help us in preparing to celebrate his birth, to make our hearts ready and to place our hope in you. Help us today and every day to worship you, to hear your word, and to do your will by sharing your hope with others. We ask it in the name of the one who was born in Bethlehem. 



Hymn:  Hark a thrilling voice is sounding

(Hill Organ of Peterborough Cathedral)

Hark, a thrilling voice is sounding;
‘Christ is nigh,’ it seems to say;
‘cast away the dreams of darkness,
O ye children of the day.’


Lo, the Lamb, so long expected,
comes with pardon down from Heaven;
let us haste, with tears of sorrow,
one and all to be forgiven.


Honour, glory, might, and blessing
to the Father and the Son,
with the everlasting Spirit,
while eternal ages run. 


Text: Latin, tr. E. Caswall (1814-78)       Music: Merton; W. H. Monk (1823-89)

Prayers of Penitence


When the Lord comes, he will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness, and will disclose the purposes of the heart.


Therefore in the light of Christ let us confess our sins.


Almighty God, 

our heavenly Father,

we have sinned against you, 

and against our neighbour,

in thought, and word, and deed,

through negligence, through weakness,

through our own deliberate fault.

We are truly sorry and repent of all our sins.

For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,

who died for us, 

forgive us all that is past

and grant that we may serve you 

in newness of life

to the glory of your name. Amen.


Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy

Christ have mercy, Christ have mercy 

Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy




Almighty God,

who forgives all who truly repent,

have mercy upon you,

pardon and deliver you from all your sins,

confirm and strengthen you in all goodness,

and keep you in life eternal;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. 



The Collect for Advent Sunday

Almighty God,

as your kingdom dawns,

turn us from the darkness of sin to the light of holiness,

that we may be ready to meet you

in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ


First Reading 1 Corinthians 1 verses 3 – 9

read by Trish Proctor


3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 4 I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, 5 for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind— 6 just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you— 7 so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ. 8 He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

At the end of the reading 


For the word of the Lord

thanks be to God.



Alleluia, alleluia.

Prepare the way of the Lord, make his path straight,

And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.



When the Gospel is announced the reader says


Gospel Reading Mark 13 verses 24 – end

read by Tom Brown


Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark.


Glory to you, O Lord.

24 ‘But in those days, after that suffering, the sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give its light, 25 and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. 26 Then they will see “the Son of Man coming in clouds” with great power and glory. 27 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.

28 ‘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. 29 So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. 30 Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. 31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. 

32 ‘But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come. 34 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. 35 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, 36 or else he may find you asleep when he comes suddenly. 37 And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake.’

At the end the reader says 


This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you O Christ.




Music for reflection: Nun komm der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659

by J. S. Bach (1685-1750)

(Arp Schnitger Organ of the St Martinikerk, Groningen, Netherlands)

Come now, Saviour of the heathen,

acknowledged child of the Virgin,

at whom all the world marvels

that God provided him with such a birth.


The Creed (we stand)  


We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.

Through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.


We believe in the Holy Spirit,

the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,

who with the Father and the Son 

is worshipped and glorified,

who has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. 




Prayers of Intercession led by Lorraine Ashley

  • For us to take time this Advent to wait upon God

  • For wisdom for all as we move out of lockdown and into the tier system and make decision about seeing family and friends this Christmas

  • For all who are lonely and feeling vulnerable at this difficult time

  • For our friends at New Cross and in Tanzania


at the end      


Merciful Father

accept these prayers

for the sake of your Son,

our Saviour Jesus Christ. 


The Lord’s Prayer 


Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us


Our Father, who art in heaven,

Hallowed be thy 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. 



Hymn:  Lo, he comes with clouds descending

(Father Willis Organ of Hereford Cathedral)


Lo, he comes with clouds descending,
once for favoured sinners slain;
thousand thousand saints attending
swell the triumph of his train:
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
Christ appears on earth to reign.


Yea, Amen, let all adore thee,
high on thine eternal throne;
Saviour, take the power and glory,
claim the kingdom for thine own:
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
thou shalt reign, and thou alone.


Text: C. Wesley (1707-88) & J. Chennick   Music: Helmsley; Later form of melody in J. Wesley’s Select Hymns with Tunes Annext (176






May God the Father, judge all merciful,

make us worthy of a place in his kingdom.



May Christ, coming among us in power,

reveal in our midst the promise of his glory.



May the Holy Spirit, make us steadfast in faith,

Joyful in hope and constant in love.



And the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit be with you and those you love today and always. Amen.


Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

In the name of Christ. 



Music: Gott, durch deine Güte (Gottes Sohn ist kommen) BWV 600

by J. S. Bach (1685-1750)

(Arp Schnitger Organ of the St Martinikerk, Groningen, Netherlands)


God, through your goodness, we graciously pray you to preserve us – in heart, mind and soul – against the raging of the devil 




This week at Holy Trinity

Wednesday: 10.30am – midday church open for prayer 




The ‘Zoom’ access for our weekly service

Meeting ID:  819 5449 9004 (password required)


Friday 4th December is the deadline for gifts for New Cross – please contact June Davies to arrange drop off at Redlands Barn


Thursday 10th December  at 7.30 p.m. Birdsong and Music

An illustrated ‘virtual’ lecture by Geoff Sample, renowned birdsong recordist and author

Zoom link 

Meeting ID: 869 2100 4389

Passcode: tweet


Details for Christmas Services will be added as soon as they are agreed BUT they will happen!


The organ music for this and all our Zoom online services is played and recorded by Graham Dinnage on a Hauptwerk virtual pipe organ (made by Romsey Organ Works) at his home.  For this week he has been playing pipe organs sampled by Sonus Paradisi (Caen, Groningen), Audio Angelorum (Peterborough) and Lavender Audio (Hereford and St Mary-le-Bow, London).



Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England, material from which is included in this service, is copyright © The Archbishop’s Council 2000.Church Copyright licence number 7517

Prayers to use at home


Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious,
be with those who care for the sick,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may find comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.


Lord Jesus Christ,
you taught us to love our neighbour,
and to care for those in need
as if we were caring for you.
In this time of anxiety, give us strength
to comfort the fearful, to tend the sick,
and to assure the isolated
of our love, and your love,
for your name’s sake.


God of compassion,
be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation.
In their loneliness, be their consolation;
in their anxiety, be their hope;
in their darkness, be their light;
through him who suffered alone on the cross,
but reigns with you in glory,
Jesus Christ our Lord.


For those who are ill

Merciful God,
we entrust to your tender care
those who are ill or in pain,
knowing that whenever danger threatens
your everlasting arms are there to hold them safe.
Comfort and heal them,
and restore them to health and strength;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.


For hospital staff and medical researchers

Gracious God,
give skill, sympathy and resilience
to all who are caring for the sick,
and your wisdom to those searching for a cure.
Strengthen them with your Spirit,
that through their work many will be restored to health;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.