Advent Liturgy (Year B) for Worship

This is an Advent liturgy for worship based upon the Revised Common Lectionary for Year B (2014).  It is based upon the appointed psalms, except for the Fourth Sunday.  You can chant the psalms if you desire.  I use O Come, O Come, Emmanuel during Advent, adding a verse each week, as a conclusion to this liturgy each week.  On Christmas Eve I use Joy to the World. 

You are welcome to use this liturgy without charge provided you attribute it to me using the following text:  “Used with permission by the author, Rev. Quentin Chin.”

First Sunday of Advent – November 30

Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19

One: Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock! You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh. Stir up your might, and come to save us!
Many: Restore us, O God; let your face shine that we may be saved
One: O Lord God of hosts, how long will you be angry with your people’s prayers? You have fed them with the bread of tears, and given them tears to drink in full measure. You make us the scorn of our neighbors; our enemies laugh among themselves.
Many: Restore us, O God; let your face shine that we may be saved
One: But let your hand be upon the one at your right hand, the one whom you made strong for yourself. Then we will never turn back from you; give us life, and we will call on your name.
Many: Restore us, O God; let your face shine that we may be saved

Light one candle

Unison Prayer
Merciful and loving God, the ways of our world trouble us. Some children in our corner of the world don’t have shelter. They beg for scraps of food. Yet, we live in the richest nation in the history of the world. We pray, O God, for a new day. We pray for that day when children will have homes where they can rest their heads. We pray for that day when all will have their daily bread. We pray for a new day in which your abundance will be shared so no one will know scarcity or deprivation. Amen.

Hymn: O Come, O Come Emmanuel (v. 1)

Second Sunday of Advent – December 7

Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13

One: Lord, you were favorable to your land; you restored the fortunes of Jacob. You forgave the iniquity of your people; you pardoned all their sin.
Many: Show us your steadfast love, O God, and grant us your salvation
One: Let me hear what God the Lord will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, to his faithful, to those who turn to him in their hearts. Surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him, that his glory may dwell in our land.
Many: Show us your steadfast love, O God, and grant us your salvation
One: Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other. Faithfulness will spring up from the ground, and righteousness will look down from the sky. The Lord will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase. Righteousness will go before him, and will make a path for his steps.
Many: Show us your steadfast love, O God, and grant us your salvation

Light two candles

Unison Prayer
God of all faithfulness, the prophet’s voice speaks loudly. He prods us. He exhorts us to take action. Help us to bring hope to those in this community who have none. Help us to be a healing balm to wounded souls wherever they may be. Let us not fear to hasten the dawn of a new day, a day where scarcity is no more and love prevails. Amen.

Hymn: O Come, O Come Emmanuel (v. 1 and 2)

Third Sunday of Advent – December 14

Psalm 126

One: When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then it was said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.”
Many: The Lord has done great things for us, and we rejoiced.
One: Restore our fortunes, O Lord, like the watercourses in the Negeb. May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy. Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, carrying their sheaves.
Many: The Lord has done great things for us, and we rejoiced.

Light three candles

Unison Prayer
You are exceedingly generous, O God. You have done great things for us and we rejoice. The struggles, pain, and suffering in this world will not end until the fortunes of all are restored. We are your instruments for peace and justice, O God. Strengthen us so we might use our gifts to bring fortune to those who do not have your peace and do not know your justice. Amen.

Hymn: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (v. 1-3)

Fourth Sunday of Advent – December 21

Luke 1:46b-55

One: My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name.
Many: My spirit rejoices in God my Savior
One: His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty.
Many: My spirit rejoices in God my Savior
One: He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”
Many: My spirit rejoices in God my Savior

Light four candles

Unison Prayer
You, O God, are the source of love and the purveyor of justice. You know the world in which we live is not the world you intend for us. Your world is one of peace and justice. Your world is one of abundance not scarcity. Your world is rooted in love not fear. Instill in us faith and trust to labor on your behalf so day will dawn on the world you wish for us. Amen.

Hymn: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (v. 1-4)

Christmas Eve – December 24

Psalm 98

One: O sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things. His right hand and his holy arm have gotten him victory. The Lord has made known his victory; he has revealed his vindication in the sight of the nations. He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God.
Many: Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.
One: Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody. With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord.
Many: Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.
One: Let the sea roar, and all that fills it; the world and those who live in it. Let the floods clap their hands; let the hills sing together for joy at the presence of the Lord, for he is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with equity.
Many: Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.

Light all the candles, including the Christ candle

Unison Prayer
Tonight we sing a new song, a song to welcome the Christ. It shatters the silence of the night to proclaim the glory of a new day. In Christ the world is made new. In Christ we are made new. O God, we celebrate your presence and re-dedicate ourselves to further the ministries that Jesus began long ago. By our labors may our world be less fearful and more generous. Let your love be proclaimed in our songs and our labors so we might bear witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Hymn: Joy to the World

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About Quentin Chin

Eclectic interests: religion, technology, food, music, current events. I live in the reality-based world.
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