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Sunday November 28 - Morning
Sunday November 28 - Evening

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Sunday November 28

First Sunday in Advent - Morning

Recommended liturgies
ANZPB Sun:pp58-60 or pp104-106

Psalm 44
Isaiah 51:4-11
Romans 13:11-14

Psalm 44

1 We have heard it with our ears, O God;
 our ancestors have told us
what you did in their days,
 in days long ago.
2 With your hand you drove out the nations
 and planted our ancestors;
you crushed the peoples
 and made our ancestors flourish.
3 It was not by their sword that they won the land,
 nor did their arm bring them victory;
it was your right hand, your arm,
 and the light of your face, for you loved them.

4 You are my King and my God,
 who decrees victories for Jacob.
5 Through you we push back our enemies;
 through your name we trample our foes.
6 I put no trust in my bow,
 my sword does not bring me victory;
7 but you give us victory over our enemies,
 you put our adversaries to shame.
8 In God we make our boast all day long,
 and we will praise your name forever.

9 But now you have rejected and humbled us;
 you no longer go out with our armies.
10 You made us retreat before the enemy,
 and our adversaries have plundered us.
11 You gave us up to be devoured like sheep
 and have scattered us among the nations.
12 You sold your people for a pittance,
 gaining nothing from their sale.

13 You have made us a reproach to our neighbors,
 the scorn and derision of those around us.
14 You have made us a byword among the nations;
 the peoples shake their heads at us.
15 I live in disgrace all day long,
 and my face is covered with shame
16 at the taunts of those who reproach and revile me,
 because of the enemy, who is bent on revenge.

17 All this came upon us,
 though we had not forgotten you;
 we had not been false to your covenant.
18 Our hearts had not turned back;
 our feet had not strayed from your path.
19 But you crushed us and made us a haunt for jackals;
 you covered us over with deep darkness.

20 If we had forgotten the name of our God
 or spread out our hands to a foreign god,
21 would not God have discovered it,
 since he knows the secrets of the heart?
22 Yet for your sake we face death all day long;
 we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.

23 Awake, Lord! Why do you sleep?
 Rouse yourself! Do not reject us forever.
24 Why do you hide your face
 and forget our misery and oppression?

25 We are brought down to the dust;
 our bodies cling to the ground.
26 Rise up and help us;
 rescue us because of your unfailing love.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and shall be for ever. Amen.

Isaiah 51:4-11

4 “Listen to me, my people;
 hear me, my nation:
Instruction will go out from me;
 my justice will become a light to the nations.
5 My righteousness draws near speedily,
 my salvation is on the way,
 and my arm will bring justice to the nations.
The islands will look to me
 and wait in hope for my arm.
6 Lift up your eyes to the heavens,
 look at the earth beneath;
the heavens will vanish like smoke,
 the earth will wear out like a garment
 and its inhabitants die like flies.
But my salvation will last forever,
 my righteousness will never fail.

7 “Hear me, you who know what is right,
 you people who have taken my instruction to heart:
Do not fear the reproach of mere mortals
 or be terrified by their insults.
8 For the moth will eat them up like a garment;
 the worm will devour them like wool.
But my righteousness will last forever,
 my salvation through all generations.”

9 Awake, awake, arm of the Lord,
 clothe yourself with strength!
Awake, as in days gone by,
 as in generations of old.
Was it not you who cut Rahab to pieces,
 who pierced that monster through?
10 Was it not you who dried up the sea,
 the waters of the great deep,
who made a road in the depths of the sea
 so that the redeemed might cross over?
11 Those the Lord has rescued will return.
 They will enter Zion with singing;
 everlasting joy will crown their heads.
Gladness and joy will overtake them,
 and sorrow and sighing will flee away.

Romans 13:11-14

11 And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. 12 The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. 14 Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.


Come, O come Emmanuel,
you are the way, the truth and the life;
Come, living Saviour
come to your world which waits for you.
Hear this prayer for your love’s sake.

Sunday November 28 - Evening

First Sunday in Advent

Recommended liturgies
ANZPB pp60-63 or pp107-109

Psalm 9
Joel 3:9-21
Revelation 14:13–15:4

Psalm 9

1 I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart;
 I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
2 I will be glad and rejoice in you;
 I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.

3 My enemies turn back;
 they stumble and perish before you.
4 For you have upheld my right and my cause,
 sitting enthroned as the righteous judge.
5 You have rebuked the nations and destroyed the wicked;
 you have blotted out their name for ever and ever.
6 Endless ruin has overtaken my enemies,
 you have uprooted their cities;
 even the memory of them has perished.

7 The Lord reigns forever;
 he has established his throne for judgment.
8 He rules the world in righteousness
 and judges the peoples with equity.
9 The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed,
 a stronghold in times of trouble.
10 Those who know your name trust in you,
 for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.

11 Sing the praises of the Lord, enthroned in Zion;
 proclaim among the nations what he has done.
12 For he who avenges blood remembers;
 he does not ignore the cries of the afflicted.

13 Lord, see how my enemies persecute me!
 Have mercy and lift me up from the gates of death,
14 that I may declare your praises
 in the gates of Daughter Zion,
 and there rejoice in your salvation.

15 The nations have fallen into the pit they have dug;
 their feet are caught in the net they have hidden.
16 The Lord is known by his acts of justice;
 the wicked are ensnared by the work of their hands.
17 The wicked go down to the realm of the dead,
 all the nations that forget God.
18 But God will never forget the needy;
 the hope of the afflicted will never perish.

19 Arise, Lord, do not let mortals triumph;
 let the nations be judged in your presence.
20 Strike them with terror, Lord;
 let the nations know they are only mortal.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and shall be for ever. Amen.

Joel 3:9-21

9 Proclaim this among the nations:
 Prepare for war!
Rouse the warriors!
 Let all the fighting men draw near and attack.
10 Beat your plowshares into swords
 and your pruning hooks into spears.
Let the weakling say,
 “I am strong!”
11 Come quickly, all you nations from every side,
 and assemble there.

Bring down your warriors, Lord!

12 “Let the nations be roused;
 let them advance into the Valley of Jehoshaphat,
for there I will sit
 to judge all the nations on every side.
13 Swing the sickle,
 for the harvest is ripe.
Come, trample the grapes,
 for the winepress is full
 and the vats overflow —
so great is their wickedness!”

14 Multitudes, multitudes
 in the valley of decision!
For the day of the Lord is near
 in the valley of decision.
15 The sun and moon will be darkened,
 and the stars no longer shine.
16 The Lord will roar from Zion
 and thunder from Jerusalem;
 the earth and the heavens will tremble.
But the Lord will be a refuge for his people,
 a stronghold for the people of Israel.

17 “Then you will know that I, the Lord your God,
 dwell in Zion, my holy hill.
Jerusalem will be holy;
 never again will foreigners invade her.

18 “In that day the mountains will drip new wine,
 and the hills will flow with milk;
 all the ravines of Judah will run with water.
A fountain will flow out of the Lord’s house
 and will water the valley of acacias.
19 But Egypt will be desolate,
 Edom a desert waste,
because of violence done to the people of Judah,
 in whose land they shed innocent blood.
20 Judah will be inhabited forever
 and Jerusalem through all generations.
21 Shall I leave their innocent blood unavenged?
 No, I will not.”

The Lord dwells in Zion!

Revelation 14:13–15:4

13 Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.”

“Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.”

14 I looked, and there before me was a white cloud, and seated on the cloud was one like a son of man with a crown of gold on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand. 15 Then another angel came out of the temple and called in a loud voice to him who was sitting on the cloud, “Take your sickle and reap, because the time to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.” 16 So he who was seated on the cloud swung his sickle over the earth, and the earth was harvested.

17 Another angel came out of the temple in heaven, and he too had a sharp sickle. 18 Still another angel, who had charge of the fire, came from the altar and called in a loud voice to him who had the sharp sickle, “Take your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of grapes from the earth’s vine, because its grapes are ripe.” 19 The angel swung his sickle on the earth, gathered its grapes and threw them into the great winepress of God’s wrath. 20 They were trampled in the winepress outside the city, and blood flowed out of the press, rising as high as the horses’ bridles for a distance of 1,600 stadia.

15 1 I saw in heaven another great and marvelous sign: seven angels with the seven last plagues—last, because with them God’s wrath is completed. 2 And I saw what looked like a sea of glass glowing with fire and, standing beside the sea, those who had been victorious over the beast and its image and over the number of its name. They held harps given them by God 3 and sang the song of God’s servant Moses and of the Lamb:

“Great and marvelous are your deeds,
 Lord God Almighty.
Just and true are your ways,
 King of the nations.
4 Who will not fear you, Lord,
 and bring glory to your name?
For you alone are holy.
All nations will come
 and worship before you,
for your righteous acts have been revealed.”


Come, O come Emmanuel,
you are the way, the truth and the life;
Come, living Saviour
come to your world which waits for you.
Hear this prayer for your love’s sake.

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