for the Third Sunday of Advent

Our thanks to all contributing to this service, particularly to Revd. Paul Frostick, who has led a number of services here in the past, and who is giving the final blessing.

HYMN  Click and join in or listen: 

Ye servants of the Lord

1  Ye servants of the Lord,
      each in his office wait,
    observant of his heavenly word,
      and watchful at his gate.

2  Let all your lamps be bright,
      and trim the golden flame;
    gird up your loins as in his sight,
      for aweful is his name.

3  Watch! 'tis your Lord's command,
      and while we speak, he's near;
    mark the first signal of his hand,
      and ready all appear.

4  O happy servant he
      in such a posture found!
    he shall his Lord with rapture see,
      and be with honour crowned.

5  Christ shall the banquet spread
      with his own royal hand,
    and raise that faithful servant's head
      amid the angelic band.

COLLECT for the Third Sunday of Advent:

God for whom we watch and wait, 
You sent John the Baptist to prepare the way of your Son:
Give us courage to speak the truth, 
To hunger for justice,
And to suffer for the cause of right,
With Jesus Christ our Lord.


INSPIRATION  Virginia Smith talks about a lady who inspired her greatly.

ANTHEM  Click and listen to members of the choir accompanied by James: 

Jesus Christ the apple tree

sung to the Somerset folk tune 'O Waly, waly', collected by Cecil Sharp,

arranged by Alan Bullard


Rejoice, pray, give thanks always, for God is faithful.

Marilyn Coates reads 1 Thessalonians 5: 16 – 24

HYMN  Click and join in or listen: 

Hark, a thrilling voice is calling


John is the one crying in the wilderness, making straight the Lord's way.

David reads John 1: 6  8

SERMON  Preached by David

Instructions for Advent, or what to do while you're waiting

HYMN  Click and join in or listen: 

Hail to the Lord's annointed

PRAYERS  Led by Martha

Let us join with Francis and Liz, saying

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  Click and join in or listen: 

Lo, he comes with clouds descending

BLESSING given by Paul Frostick


James Stanton plays Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme
(Sleepers awake, a voice is calling) by J.S. Bach

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Background illustration: a detail from

St John the Baptist preaching

by Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino (Raphael), c1483 - 1520

The Ansidei Altarpiece, San Fiorenzo, Perugia, Italy