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Blue Christmas Service

This is the liturgy used for this years Blue Christmas Service.  There is lots of music suitable for such occasions, I know some people sing and there could be responses, but I choose to leave it a place where people can just come and be, without needing to sing, or stand or join in responses.…

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Advent IV

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!Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved.O Lord God of hosts, how long will you be angry with…

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Advent Psalms – Friday of Week Three

May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us,that your way may be known upon earth, your saving power among all nations. Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you. Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples…

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Advent Psalms – Thursday of Week Three

I have a love hate relationship with The Message version of the Bible, and the psalms are often where that dichotomy is strongest, however Psalm 30 falls very firmly into the love side.  For me this translation makes the psalm very real, grounded in my life here and now rather than words and ideas being…

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Advent Psalms – Wednesday of Week Three

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. Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each…

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Advent Psalms – Tuesday of Week Three

I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad. O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together. I sought the Lord, and he answered me, and delivered me from all my fears. Look…

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Advent Psalms – Monday of Week Three

Do not let those who wait for you be put to shame; let them be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous. Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long. Be…