This service starts at the rear without a hymn or procession.
The congregation should be facing the rear of the nave.
If possible the altar party, acolytes, etc. should be gathered around the baptismal font if it is located in the rear of the church.
Blessed are you, holy and living One
You come to your people and set them free.
Jesus said, “The first commandment is this: Hear, O Israel:
The Lord our God is the only Lord. Love the Lord your
God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your
mind, and with all your strength. The second is this: Love
your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment
greater than these.” Mark 12:29‑31
Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.
silence is kept
God of all mercy,
we confess that we have sinned against you,
opposing your will in our lives.
We have denied your goodness in each other,
in ourselves, and in the world you have created.
We repent of the sin that enslaves us,
the sins we have done,
and the sins done on our behalf.
Forgive, restore, and strengthen us
through out Savior Jesus Christ,
that we may abide in your love
and serve only your will. Amen
Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through the grace of Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life. Amen
Arise, O Jerusalem, stand upon the height and look toward the east, and see your children gathered from west and east at the word of the Holy One. Baruch 5:3
A Hymn of Praise appropriate for Advent then follows and the altar party and attendants process to their places.
God be with you.
And also with you.
Let us pray.
The collect of the day is read.
The people sit. One or two Lessons, as appointed, are read
After each Reading.
Hear what the spirit is saying to God’s people.
Thanks be to God.
Silence may follow.
A Psalm, hymn, or anthem may follow each Reading.
Then, all standing, the Deacon or a Priest reads the Gospel, first saying
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ
Glory to you, Lord Christ.
After the Gospel
The Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, Lord Christ.
On Sundays and other Major Feasts there follows, all standing
The Nicene Creed
We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.
The Prayers of the People
Prayer is offered with intercession for
The Universal Church, its members, and its mission
The Nation and all in authority
The welfare of the world
The concerns of the local community
Those who suffer and those in any trouble
The departed (with commemoration of a saint when appropriate)
The peace of Christ be always with you.
And also with you.
Then the Ministers and People may greet one another in the
name of the Lord.