Sunday Service Pew Sheet (ST MICHAEL'S CHURCH, BRAY)



Third Sunday of Advent

Sunday 12th December  2021




Sunday worship in Church at 8.00am and at 10.00 am is available. The 10 am service will continue to be broadcast, on Zoom from Church using the usual link. The Evensong will be reintroduced in due course. Thank you for your patience, please keep the reopening schedule in your prayers



May the love of Christ be with you all.



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Hymns CP 26, 444, 563, 87         

Hymn Hark a thrilling voice is sounding CP26


1. Hark! a thrilling voice is sounding.

‘Christ is nigh,’ it seems to say;

‘Cast away the works of darkness,

O ye children of the day.’


2. Wakened by the solemn warning,

let the earth-bound soul arise;

Christ, her Sun, all ill dispelling,

shines upon the morning skies.


3. Lo! the Lamb, so long expected,

comes with pardon down from heaven;

let us haste, with tears of sorrow,

one and all to be forgiven;


4. That when next he comes with glory,

and the world is wrapped in fear,

with his mercy he may shield us,

and with words of love draw near.


5. Honour, glory, might, and blessing

to the Father and the Son,

with the everlasting Spirit,

while unending ages run.



O Lord Jesus Christ,

who at your first coming sent your messenger

to prepare your way before you:

grant that the ministers and stewards of your mysteries

may likewise so prepare and make ready your way

by turning the hearts of the disobedient to the wisdom of the just,

that at your second coming to judge the world

we may be found an acceptable people in your sight;

for you are alive and reign with the Father

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever. Amen


Reading Zephaniah 3. 14-20


Sing aloud, O daughter Zion;

   shout, O Israel!

Rejoice and exult with all your heart,

   O daughter Jerusalem!

The Lord has taken away the judgements against you,

   he has turned away your enemies.

The king of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst;

   you shall fear disaster no more.

On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem:

Do not fear, O Zion;

   do not let your hands grow weak.

The Lord, your God, is in your midst,

   a warrior who gives victory;

he will rejoice over you with gladness,

   he will renew you in his love;

he will exult over you with loud singing

   as on a day of festival.

I will remove disaster from you,

   so that you will not bear reproach for it.

I will deal with all your oppressors

   at that time.

And I will save the lame

   and gather the outcast,

and I will change their shame into praise

   and renown in all the earth.

At that time I will bring you home,

   at the time when I gather you;

for I will make you renowned and praised

   among all the peoples of the earth,

when I restore your fortunes

   before your eyes, says the Lord.


Psalm 50. v1-6

1. The Lord, even the most mighty / God, hath / spoken:

and called the world, * from the rising up of the sun unto

the / going / down there-/of.

2. Out of Zion, perfect / in her / beauty:

hath / God shone / forth in / glory.

3. Our God shall come and shall / not keep / silence:

there shall go before him a consuming fire, * and a mighty

tempest shall be / stirred up / round a/bout him.

4. He shall call to the / heaven a/bove:

and to the earth beneath, * that / he may / judge his / people.

5. 'Gather my faithful together / unto / me:

those that have made a / covenant • with / me with / sacrifice.’

6. And the heaven shall de-/clare his / righteousness:

even that / God him/self is / judge.


Reading Philippians 4. 4-7

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.


Hymn God is working his purpose out CP444


1. God is working this purpose out, as year succeeds to year;
God is working this purpose out, and the time is drawing near;
nearer and nearer draws the time, the time that shall surely be:
when the earth shall be filled with the glory of God
as the waters cover the sea.


2. From utmost east to utmost west, wherever feet have trod,
by the mouth of many messengers goes forth the voice of God:
Give ear to me, ye continents, ye isles, give ear to me,
that the earth may be filled with the glory of God
as the waters cover the sea.

3. What can we do to work God’s work, to prosper and increase

the love of God in all mankind, the reign of the Prince of peace?

What can we do to hasten the time, the time that shall surely be

when the earth shall be filled with the glory of God
as the waters cover the sea.


4. March we forth in the strength of God, with the banner of Christ unfurled, that the light of the glorious gospel of truth may shine throughout the world.
Fight we the fight with sorrow and sin, to set the captives free,
that the earth may be filled with the glory of God
as the waters cover the sea.

5. All we can do is nothing worth unless God blesses the deed.
Vainly we hope for the harvest-tide till God gives life to the seed;
Yet nearer and nearer draws the time, the time that shall surely be,
when the earth shall be filled with the glory of God
as the waters cover the sea.

Gospel               Luke 3. 7-18


John said to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, ‘You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruits worthy of repentance. Do not begin to say to yourselves, “We have Abraham as our ancestor”; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham. Even now the axe is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.’

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.



Hymn Rejoice the Lord is King CP563

1. Rejoice the Lord is King!

Your Lord and King adore!

Rejoice, give thanks and sing,

and triumph evermore.


Lift up your heart!

lift up your voice!

Rejoice! again I say, rejoice!


2. Jesus, the Savior reigns,

the God of truth and love:

when he had purged our stains,

he took his seat above.


Lift up your heart!

lift up your voice!

Rejoice! again I say, rejoice!


3. His kingdom cannot fail;

he rules o'er earth and heaven;

the keys of death and hell

are to our Jesus given.


Lift up your heart!

lift up your voice!

Rejoice! again I say, rejoice!


4. He sits at God's right hand

till all his foes submit,

and bow to his command,

and fall beneath his feet:


Lift up your heart!

lift up your voice!

Rejoice! again I say, rejoice!


5. Rejoice in glorious hope!

Jesus the Judge shall come

and take his servants up

to their eternal home:

We soon shall hear the archangel's voice,

the trump of God shall sound:


Lift up your heart!

lift up your voice!

Rejoice! again I say, rejoice!



The choir will sing - Bogoroditsye Dyevo - Arvo Part – during communion

Hymn Hail to the Lord’s Annointed CP87


1. Hail to the Lord’s anointed

Great David’s greater Son.

Hail in the time appointed

His reign on earth begun

He comes to break oppression,

To set the captive free,

To take away transgression

And rule in equity.



2. He comes with succour speedy

To those who suffer wrong,

To help the poor and needy

and bid the weak be strong.

To give them songs for sighing

Their darkness turn to light

Whose souls, condemned and dying

Were precious in his sight.


3. He shall come down like showers

Upon the fruitful earth

And love, joy, hope, like flowers

Spring in his path to birth.

Before him, on the mountains

Shall peace, the herald, go

And righteousness, in fountains

From hill to valley flow.


4. Arabia’s desert ranger

to him shall bow the knee;

the Ethiopian stranger

his glory come to see;

with offerings of devotion

ships from the isles shall meet,

to pour the wealth of ocean

in tribute at his feet.

 5. Kings shall fall down before him

And gold and incense bring.

All nations shall adore him

His praise all people sing.

To him shall prayer unceasing

And daily vows ascend;

His kingdom still increasing

A kingdom without end.


6. O’er every foe victorious

He on his throne shall rest;

From age to age more glorious

All blessing and all-blest;

The tide of time shall never

His covenant remove.

His Name shall stand forever

That Name to us is Love.



Services over the Christmas period

Saturday 11th December 4.00pm Christingle

Sunday 12th December 10.00am Eucharist

                                                                            3.00pm Community Carol Services

Sunday 19th December 10.00am Eucharist

                                                                              4.00pm Traditional Lessons and Carols

Friday 24th December 11.30pm First Communion of Christmas

Saturday 25th December 8.00am Communion, 10.00am Sung Eucharist

Sunday 26th December – no service at St Michael’s Bray

(there is an online service from Oxford at:-







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Those giving through the Parish Giving Scheme will have their payments continue to be taken in the normal way, and we are very grateful for that. Those using Zoom to participate regularly in our Sunday Worship can also contribute to our costs using in the method below.

If you normally give to the church by completing a white Gift Aid envelope in the service, please consider during the current emergency paying on line by BACS transfer. The account details are;

Account name - St Michaels Bray with Braywood PCC
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Account number – 80409081