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Aberdeen St Mark’s Church of Scotland

The Second Sunday in Advent 8 December 2013 A Service of Nine Lessons and Carols

This is a traditional service of Nine Lessons and Carols with all readings taken from The Message (The Bible in contemporary language). Lessons and Carols will not be introduced and the service will follow the Order given overleaf.

She gave birth to a son, her firstborn. She wrapped him in a blanket and laid him in a manger (Luke 2: 7)


Welcome and Church Family News : Lighting of the Advent Candles : The Choral Group will sing ‘Hope is a candle’ Praise :

CH4: 315 Once in Royal David’s City

Prayers of Approach, Confession and Dedication First Lesson :

Genesis 3: 8 - 19 God tells sinful Adam that he has lost the life of Paradise and that his seed will bruise the serpent’s head.

Second Lesson :

Genesis 22: 15 - 18 God promises to faithful Abraham that in his seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed.

Praise :

CH4 305 In the bleak mid-winter

Third Lesson :

Isaiah 9: 2 - 7 The prophet foretells the coming of the Saviour.

Fourth Lesson :

Isaiah 11: 1 - 9 The peace that Christ will bring is foreshown.

Praise :

CH4 273 O come, O come Emmanuel

Prayer :

The Lord’s Prayer

Fifth Lesson :

Praise :

Luke 1: 26 - 38 The angel Gabriel salutes the Blessed Virgin Mary. CH4 286 Tell out my soul

Sixth Lesson :

Luke 2: 1 - 7 St Luke tells of the birth of Jesus.

Seventh Lesson :

Luke 2: 8 - 18 The shepherds go to the manger.


Praise : Eighth Lesson :

Praise :

CH4 300 The Virgin Mary had a baby boy Matthew 2: 1 - 12 The wise men are led by the star to Jesus. CH4 324 Angels from the realms of glory

Prayers of Thanksgiving and for the World : Ninth Lesson :

Praise:

John 1: 1 - 14 St John unfolds the great mystery of the Incarnation. CH4: 306 O come, all ye faithful (V4: ‘born for our salvation’)

Benediction :

CCL Licence 409105 Scottish Charity No SC015451


Forthcoming Services Sunday 15 December

11.00am Morning Worship Third Sunday in Advent ‘The way of Holiness and Everlasting Joy’

Monday 16 December

The Church will be open from 11.30am 2.30pm throughout the week until Friday 20 December

Thursday 19 December

10.00am Service with the School for the Deaf 12.00noon Shoppers’ Service Soup and Sandwiches in the Hall afterwards 6.00pm Carol Singing on the Church steps

Sunday 22 December

11.00am Morning Worship Fourth Sunday in Advent Nativity Service led by the Sunday School

Tuesday 24 December

10.45pm - 11.25pm Carols and Fun Led by Alex McConochie 11.30pm - 12.05am Watchnight Service ‘Watching for the Light of the World Led by Rev Diane Hobson Tea & Mince Pies afterwards in the Hall

Wednesday 25 December 10.30am - 11.10am Christmas Day Family Service ‘Songs of Joy’ Followed by a short informal Celebration of Holy Communion Sunday 29 December

11.00am Morning Worship ‘Healthy Praise for a Perfect Person’

Sunday 5 January 2014

11.00am Morning Worship ‘Radiant Hearts’ “Souper Sunday” - Soup available in the Hall afterwards.


Church Family News

1. The Guild of Friendship meets tomorrow at 2.15pm for their Christmas Party. 2. Prayer Diary. The December 2013 Prayer Diary is available in the vestibule. 3. O.A.K. Christmas Lunch. Tickets for the lunch on Wednesday 11 December are on sale at the Café (price £13.50). Tickets for Thursday 12 December are SOLD OUT. 4. Christmas Coffee Mornings continue on 14 and 21 December. Donations of home bakes, raffle and tombola prizes will be welcome. If you can help on 14 and 21 December, please let Anne Donaldson know. 5. Mary’s Meals. Following a very informative film and talk at the Guild, a collection box has been set up in the Office. If you would like to donate to this very worthy cause, please pop in past and see Carole (Monday-Friday from 10.00am to 1.00pm). If you have access to the internet you can see the film at www.child31film.org or search under Mary’s Meals. 6. The Church will be open from Monday 16 December to Friday 20 December from 11.30am until 2.00pm. If you can help with teas or just by being there, please contact Ian or Marjory Lord. 7. The Strollers meet at 10.00am on Tuesday 10 December at the TSB Holburn Street. All welcome.

8. Sport Aberdeen has a variety of activities in their Active Ageing Programme. If you are interested in increasing your activity levels, please see the leaflet on the Notice Board in the Hall for further information. Further information can be obtained from Sport


Aberdeen’s Active Ageing Development Officer, Stephen Gammack on 01224 577738, or sgammack@sportaberdeen.co.uk 9. “Listening to God” Presbytery will be holding a Course in the small Meeting Room on Wednesday 18 December at 7.00pm If you are interested please speak to Rev. Diane. 10.Bethany Christian Trust is looking for volunteers to help with Christmas Caring Trees. Volunteers are required to drive their delivery van and drop off trees on 13th and 14th December and also to run their Christmas Tree collection sites at Banchory Christian Fellowship and Mannofield Church on 13th (15.00 – 19.30) and 14th December (10.00 – 15.30). This project is great for groups, teams or individuals keen to get involved with a local Charity, learn some new skills and have a great time while helping to support those who are homeless and in need in Scotland. If you have any questions or would like to get involved, please contact Laurie Frank at lauriefrank@bethanychristiantrust.com or 07436 151178. Please keep us informed: If you know of any member of the Church or a member of their family being in Hospital, please let Rev. Diane, or the Church Office, know as soon as possible, either by telephone (640672) or by e-mail – stmarksabdn@btconnect.com.


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