- Organ: Nun komm der heiden Heiland (Come now, Saviour of the Gentiles) – J.S. Bach
- Opening Hymn: 599 “Awake! Awake! fling off the night”
- Service Music: New Plainsong – David Hurd
- Psalm 80: 1-7
Cantor: For all they that look for thee Choir: shall not be ashamed O Lord.
Cantor: Make known to me thy ways O Lord Choir: and teach me thy paths.
Cantor: Show us thy mercy O Lord Choir: and grant us thy salvation.
- Offertory Hymn 114 “Lo, he comes with clouds descending”
- Communion Hymn 92 “O day of God, draw nigh”
- Communion Motet: “Kindle a flame” – Michael Fleming
Kindle a light to lighten the darkness, Kindle a light each nation and race:
God in the poor is coming to meet us, Kindle a light to shine on His face.
Kindle a light to lighten the darkness, Kindle a light for all who despair:
God in the poor is coming to judge us, Kindle a light with fasting and prayer.
Kindle a light to lighten the darkness, Kindle a light in places of shame,
God in the poor is coming to heal us, Kindle a light with hope in its flame.
Kindle a light to lighten the darkness, Kindle a light for sorrow to cease:
God in the poor is coming to free us, Kindle a light for justice and peace.
- Concluding Hymn 97 “Jesus came, the heavens adoring”
- Organ: “Sleepers, wake” – Siegfried Karg-Elert
Each week during Advent the organ prelude is based on the same German chorale, or hymn tune – Nun komm der heiden Heiland – by four different composers of the baroque era. Two names will be familiar to you – Bach and Pachelbel (of the famous Pachelbel’s Canon); and two less familiar – Sweelinck and Zachow. Today it’s the turn of J.S. Bach (1685-1750) and one of his most beautiful chorale preludes. Here is a translation of the first verse of the hymn by Martin Luther:
Now come, Saviour of the gentiles,Likewise, on the first three Advent Sundays the organ postlude is based on the tune of “Sleepers, wake” – the first by a Romantic era composer, Siegfried Karg-Elert; the second by a 20th century German, Herbert Collum; the last, and most well-known, by J.S. Bach.
recognised as the child of the Virgin,
so that all the world is amazed
God ordained such a birth for him.
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