St.Mary the Virgin, Lewisham Lewisham High Street  SE13 6LE

Sunday Service and Pew Sheet

Welcome to the Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Lewisham            

16th December 2018    

3rd Sunday of Advent Year C

Today we sing and shout for joy with Christ, the Lord of the Dance, who brings us the Good News of our redemption and renews us by his love.

Mass setting:  Ives

Hymn 98

1. Come, thou long-expected Jesus,
born to set thy people free;
from our fears and sins release us,
let us find our rest in thee.

2. Israel's strength and consolation,
hope of all the earth thou art:
dear desire of ev’ry nation,
joy of ev’ry longing heart.

3. Born thy people to deliver,
born a child, and yet a king,
born to reign in us for ever,
now thy gracious kingdom bring.

4. By thine own eternal Spirit
rule in all our hearts alone;
by thine all-sufficient merit
raise us to thy glorious throne.

Kyrie  TBC

Jesus Lord have mercy on us (x3)

have mercy on us all.

Christ our Lord have mercy on us (x3)

have mercy on us all.

Jesus Lord have mercy on us (x3)

have mercy on us all.

First Reading     

A reading from the prophet Zephaniah


Shout for joy, daughter of Zion, Israel, shout aloud!

Rejoice, exult with all your heart, daughter of Jerusalem! The Lord has repealed your sentence; he has driven your enemies away. The Lord, the king of Israel, is in your midst; you have no more evil to fear. When that day comes, word will come to Jerusalem; Zion, have no fear, do not let your hands fall limp.

The Lord your God is in your midst, a victorious warrior. He will exult with joy over you, he will renew you by his love; he will dance with shouts of joy for you as on a day of festival.

This is the word of the Lord.    Thanks be to God

Responsorial Psalm Isaiah 12 2-6. CRP p.160

R. Sing and shout for joy for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.

1. Truly god is my salvation,/ I trust, I shall not fear.

For the Lord is my strength, my song,

he became my saviour.

With joy you will draw water/

from the realms of salvation. R

2. Give thanks to the Lord, give praise to his name!

make his mighty deeds known to the peoples,

declare the greatness of his name. R

3. Sing a psalm to the Lord/

for he has done glorious deeds,

make them known to all the earth!

People of Zion, sing and shout for joy

for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel. R

Second Reading            

A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Philippians 4:4-7

I want you to be happy, always happy in the Lord; I repeat, what I want is your happiness. Let your tolerance be evident to everyone: the Lord is very near. There is no need to worry; but if there is anything you need, pray for it, asking God for it with prayer and thanksgiving, and that peace of God, which is so much greater than we can understand, will guard your hearts and your thoughts, in Christ Jesus.

This is the word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God

Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia, alleluia!

The spirit of the Lord has been given to me.

He has sent me to bring good news to the poor.


Gospel                    Luke 3: 10-18

The Lord be with you.  

And also with you

A reading from the Holy Gospel
according to Luke.

Glory to you, O Lord.

And the crowds asked him, ‘What then should we do?’ In reply he said to them, ‘Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.’ Even tax-collectors came to be baptized, and they asked him, ‘Teacher, what should we do?’ He said to them, ‘Collect no more than the amount prescribed for you.’ Soldiers also asked him, ‘And we, what should we do?’ He said to them, ‘Do not extort money from anyone by threats or false accusation, and be satisfied with your wages.’ As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, John answered all of them by saying, ‘I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing-fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing-floor and to gather the wheat into his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.’So, with many other exhortations, he proclaimed the good news to the people.

This is the Gospel of the Lord

Praise to you, O Christ

Offertory Hymn 307

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

2. Ev’ry eye shall now behold him,
robed in dreadful majesty;
we who set at nought and sold him,
pierced, and nailed him to the tree,
deeply wailing, deeply wailing, deeply wailing,
shall the true Messiah see.

3. Those dear tokens of his passion
still his dazzling body bears,
cause of endless exultation
to his ransomed worshipers;
with what rapture, with what rapture, with what rapture
gaze we on those glorious scars!

4. Yea, amen! let all adore thee,
high on thine eternal throne;
Saviour, take the pow’r and glory;
claim the kingdom for thine own.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Thou shalt reign, and thou alone.

Communion Motet MacMillan, O radiant dawn


Communion Hymn 277

1. Jesus shall reign wher’er the sun

Doe his successive journeys run;

His kingdom stretch from shore to shore,

Till moons shall wax and wain no more.

2. People and realms of every tongue

Dwell on his love with sweetest song,

And infant voices shall proclaim

Their early blessings on his name.

3. Blessings abound wher’er he reigns:

the pris’ners leap to lose their chains,

The weary find eternal rest,

And all the humble poor are blest.

4. To him shall endless prayer be made,

And praised throng to crown his head;

His name like incense shall arise

With ev’ry morning sacrifice.

5. Let ev’ry creature rise and bring

Angels descend with songs again

And earth repeat the loud Amen.

Hymn 209

1. Hills of the north, rejoice,
echoing songs arise,
hail with united voice
him who made earth and skies:
he comes in righteousness and love,
he brings salvation from above.

2. Isles of the southern seas
sing to the list’ning earth,
carry on ev’ry breeze
hope of a world's new birth:
in Christ shall all be made anew,
his word is sure, his promise true.

3. Lands of the east, arise,
he is your brightest morn,
greet him with joyous eyes,

praise shall his path adorn:

the God whom you have longed to know

in Christ draws near, and calls you now.

4. Shores of the utmost west,
lands of the setting sun,
welcome the heav’nly guest
in whom the dawn has come:
he brings a never-ending light
who triumphed o’er our darkest night.

5. Shout, as you journey on,
songs be in ev’ry mouth,
lo, from the north they come,
from east and west and south:.
in Jesus all shall find their rest,
in him the longing earth be blest

St.Mary the Virgin Lewisham

346 Lewisham High Street

SE13 6LE   020 8690 2682