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IDEAS for December 19th

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Hymns and songs

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There are over 2,000 songs in
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These are the resources on offer for December 19th (Advent 4)

The related readings for this Sunday are:

                   Isaiah 7:10-16
                   Psalm 80:1-7,17-19
                   Romans 1:1-7
                   Matthew 1:18-25
We have chosen the theme: Mary and Joseph

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Hey Joe
A video to lead into worship based on  "Hey Joe" sung by Mike Rayson. All the pictures were taken in Nazareth and Bethlehem.

Download - Sample

The backing track is distributed with the kind permission of Mike Rayson. It is copyright material so please do not pass it on outside the IDEAS scheme.
An Advent Liturgy
An Advent Liturgy by Rev'd Peter Sheasby based on a journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem

Available as PowerPoint Slides - Download

There are also PDF files of booklets of the liturgy - Standard Print - Large Print

These are designed to be printed double sided. The Standard Print should be folded and stapled in the middle. When done correctly the pages will be in the right order.


A call to worship
 A call to worship

A prayer of approach
A prayer of approach
The prayers in this section are also in a PDF file - Download
A prayer of confession
A prayer of confession

Songs: The following songs could be used in this part of the service:
Light of the world You stepped down into darkness, TDH2, TDH3, TDH 4,  SOF 1419, TS 1406, STF
Come on and celebrate, TDH 4,  SOF 73, MP 99, TS 75, CHSA 20
Immanuel, O Immanuel, TDH2, SOF 233, MP 326, TS 219
You laid aside your majesty, TDH3,  TDH 4,  SOF 633, MP 795, TS 601

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There is a story told by Joseph's donkey -  Download

Come on and celebrate, TDH 4,  SOF 73, MP 99, TS 75, STF, CHSA 20
Shout for joy and sing, TDH 4,  SOF 496, MP 928, TS 450
Light up the fire, TDH 4,  SOF 64, TS 69, STF, RAS 572, JP 28, CHSA 18, CAP 55
Girls and boys, leave your toys, CHSA 141, AYOC 73
Christmas Calypso (And they called his name Jesus), CHSA 254, Love Shone Down 44

Little donkey
Little donkey, TDH2, CHSA 149, AYOC 68

Available as an animated video with words and music - Download - Sample
The Virgin Mary had a baby boy
The Virgin Mary had a baby boy, TDH2SOF 1050, JP 251

Available as a video with words and music - Download - Sample

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Matthew 1:18-25
Matthew 1:18-25 is available on Lectionary Video A1 - Sample

Our special offer for November is all 6 Lectionary Videos for Year A for just £48 including postage as opposed to £68.94 if bought separately. We are also offering the full 3 year cycle (that's 18 Cds containing around 170 videos) for £120 including postage.
Joseph's story
Joseph's story is covered by a song on Just Worship 2 - Sample
Matthew 1:18-25
Matthew 1:18-25 can be seen on The Visual Bible - Matthew - Sample

Many of the readings for Year A are from Matthew's Gospel. This would be a really good moment to invest in the Visual Bible, Matthew. Take a look at its availability from Amazon

Isaiah 7:10-16
Isaiah 7:10-16

Psalm 80:1-7,17-19
Psalm 80:1-7,17-19
This week's readings are from the NIV.

All backgrounds feature cribs from a collection loaned to me by Aileen Fox.

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 Biblica. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.
Romans 1:1-7
Romans 1:1-7
Matthew 1:18-25
Matthew 1:18-25


Slides for the talk
Notes for this weeks talk - Download

Also available as a matching PowerPoint - Download

Songs: The following hymns could be used in this part of the service
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord!, TDH2, SOF 520, MP 361, TS 471, HP 86, STF, RAS 740, HAM 422, CP 362, JP 229
The angel Gabriel from heaven came, TDH1TDH2, HP 87,  STF, RAS 138, CP 242, CHSA 149
A virgin most pure, as the prophets to tell, TDH1TDH2, HP 93
Hail to the Lord who comes, TDH2, HP 126, HAM 314, CP 94

Silent night, holy night Silent night, holy night, TDH1TDH2, HP 112, STF 217, CP 69, SOF 498, CP 69(II), TS 455, KS 697, AYOC 72MP 597,  JP 219RAS 147

Available as a video with words and music - Download - Sample

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A prayer for others
A prayer for others

An offering prayer
An offering prayer

The prayers in this section are also in a PDF file, Download

The images that make the backgrounds for "a prayer for others" are taken from the David Hollingsworth painting for Advent.
A blessing
A blessing

The following songs could be used in this part of the service:
Long ago, prophets knew, TDH2, TS 867, HAP 83, STF, HAM 484, CP 58
Emmanuel, Emmanuel, TDH 4,  SOF 83, MP 121, TS 675, STF
On a dark night, SOF 1992

Behold a little child
Available as PowerPoint files:

Behold a little child, HP 143, RAS 194.
Before you open Christmas cards
Available as a PowerPoint file:

Before you open Christmas cards (a song for a modern Christmas) by David R Keeston - Download

Sheet music is available - Download - or it can be sung to "Edwin" an English Folk Tune

It also is available as a video with words and music - Download - Sample

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To access these materials you do need to subscribe to IDEAS.

Hymnbooks covered:

SOF – Songs of Fellowship
MP – Mission Praise
TS, The Source
HP, Hymns and Psalms
STF, Singing the Faith - yet to be published by the Methodist Church
HAM, Hymns Ancient and Modern
RAS, Rejoice and Sing
CP, Common Praise
JP, Junior Praise
CHSA, Complete Hymns and Songs for Assembly
CAP, Come and Praise
BECD, Bible Explosion CD
KS2, Kidsource 2
AYOC – A Year of Celebration.
JUP – Jump if you’re wearing red songbook
CFW – Church Family Worship
KSC – Kids Source
PIA, Pass it on

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