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The Rev Andries Combrink is a Presbyterian Minister of the Gospel. He lives in Centurion, South Africa. 
To teach the Word of God is his calling,  based on the Reformed tradition. 

 

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 Advent and Christmas
are not sentimental feasts
around a helpless babe.
They proclaim: The King was born!
The King conquers!
The King is coming! The King is coming indeed!"

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Dec 17

Written by: Andries
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 5:35:12 PM  RssIcon

Call to Worship: 
ISAIAH 9: 2 – 3 and 6 - 7     The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.  You have given them great joy, Lord; you have made them happy. Because a child is born to us!  A son is given to us!  And he will be our ruler.   He will be called, “Wonderful Counsellor,” “Mighty God,” “Eternal Father,” Prince of Peace.” 
7His royal power will continue to grow;    his kingdom will always be at peace.  He will rule as King David's successor, basing his power on right and justice, from now until the end of time.  The Lord Almighty is determined to do all this.
Glory to the Father,
and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning
it is now
and will be forevermore! Amen.
 

Prayer of praise and for forgiveness of sins.
Eternal God, most blessed and most holy, whose glory, majesty and praise are sung by humans on earth and all who live in heaven: 
we worship you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
only Lord of heaven and earth.
Grant us your mercy, your grace and your joy as we remember the birth of Jesus Christ today.
 
Holy Father, you come to us through our fellowship with your Son.
As we approach Your presence today, and as we behold Your glory, we sincerely repent of all our sins.
We have sinned against You in thought, word, deed and omission.
Lord, have mercy on us, and incline our hearts to keep your law.
Gracious Father, for the sake of Your Son Jesus Christ,
forgive us all our sins,  cleanse us from all impurity of mind and body,
and help us from now on to serve You in newness of life.
Father, have mercy.
Christ have mercy.
God have mercy.
Amen.
 
 
Prayers of Intercession: 
Almighty God, holy Father of us all,
on this day when we celebrate the earthly birth of your Messiah,
the birth into our world of the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end,
the birth of the Wonderful Counsellor,  Mighty God,
the Everlasting Father and the Prince of Peace, as a man,
we ask you to provide both us and your church on earth with all our needs
and help us that we may grow into the stature of the fullness of Christ.
 
You entered our world as a Child. 
Now we pray for parents to educate children in your love and grace,
grandparents and families to give love and security to all children,
and that all abuse and all the sadness of children may come to an end.
 
God our Father, you are the source of all truth and peace.
Hear our prayers for the Church of Christ today, on Christmas Day 2013.
and enable us to manifest the unity of the Body of Christ to the world
to the honour and glory of your Name
 
We pray for all into whose lives the Word is born, and therefore receive Jesus, the King and Saviour of the world,
that they may bear witness to your salvation and compassion,
and share your love with those who are in many kinds of need.
 
Guide us, that the peace to which you call the family of God 
may be realized more and more in our beloved country
and amongst all people on earth.
 
Take away from us everything that hinders the advancement of your truth;
restore those who are remorseful;
strengthen and confirm the faithful;
comfort and heal the sick and the afflicted!
console those who are lonely and sad!
Listen to the cry of everyone that is hungry!
Bring joy, hope, faith and love into the world, through Jesus Christ,
who was born to save us from ourselves and save us from our enemies and from your enemies, dear Lord.
 
We pray for all who preach, proclaim and spread the gospel today, and may your Word, even Jesus Christ, come to us anew today, as we read your Word.
May the preaching of your Word indeed be the Word of God to us on this Christmas day.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.
 
Hymns for Christmas Day:
 
To the music of:  Good king Wenceslas
Jesus Christ was born for me,
on that happy morning!
He has come to set me free,
set my spirit soaring!
Brightly shone the angels’ light,
singing, giving honour.
May His birth bring me delight:
Christ became my brother!
 
Virgin Mary was so glad,
God had shown her mercy!
It’s the Son of God she had,
born in splendid glory!
She in faith accepts the word,
God’s own proclamation:
“I’m the maiden of the Lord,
serving incarnation!”
 
Let now all who love the Lord,
gladly bring Him honour.
In our lives, is born the Word,
by His Spirit’s favour!
Jesus Christ remains the same,
as today, forever!
‘Cause He one of us became,
He’ll forsake us never!
(Lyrics:  Andries Combrink, 2008)
 
 
To the music of:  Glorious things of Thee are spoken.
Those who walked in clouded darkness,
they have seen a wondrous light.
Those who owned death’s gloomy likeness,
were awakened from their plight.
God enlarged his nation’s power,
he increased their heartfelt joy!
As through holy angels’ worship,
God’s light is through us deployed.
 
People walked in hazy darkness,
then they saw a marvellous light.
Prince of Peace, it is your likeness
shining in our world, so bright.
Wonderful and glorious Counsellor,
mighty God, yes you alone,
reign forever, gracious Father,
King on David’s heavenly throne.
 
Christ, the source of inmost pleasure,
King of heaven – King on earth!
Jesus, Lord and godly treasure,
we too worship at your birth.
Shepherds shared the Christmas story
with God’s angels in that night.
And, like Mary’s silent worship,
we pray mutely by your light! 
(Lyrics:  Andries Combrink, 2011)
 
 
To the Music of:  Praise my soul the King of heaven.
Angels in the highest heaven,
sing the glory of the Child,
Of this time of grace and glory,
time of love and mercy mild.
Sing Hosanna! Sing Hosanna!
Praise our Saviour, Son of God!
 
As the shepherds watched their flocks graze,
they heard angels for them sing.
On the fields resounds the chorus
for a Child that gladness brings.
Sing Hosanna! Sing Hosanna!
Praise our Saviour, Son of God!
 
Wise men bring Him gifts and worship,
gifts to honour Christ the King.
He’s the newborn Lord from heaven,
He’s the Child that peace us brings.
Sing Hosanna! Sing Hosanna!
Praise our Saviour, Son of God!
(Lyrics:  Andries Combrink, 2012)
 
 
To the music of “Rock of ages, cleft for me”.
Who is Jesus, do you say?
Many claim He is Thé Way.
Peter calls Him Christ and Lord.
John says He’s the Son of God.
Paul knows Him as source of grace,
states through Him, we’ll win the race.
 
Luke says He’s a virgin’s boy.
Mark reveals He’s heaven’s joy!
Gospel names Him: Only One.
God the Father calls Him Son!
Spirit says He’s Saviour, Lord,
Emmanuel, life giving Word!
 
Jesus Christ, eternal King,
of your Advent, gladly sing!
All your people love you Lord!
All your Church in one accord,
calls you Jesus and our Friend,
’mighty Christ, until the end! 
(Lyrics:  Andries Combrink, 2009)
  

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