29th November A.D. 2020 : 10 a.m.

Eve of St Andrew

Advent Sunday




Order of Service

Preacher : Rev. Robert Boase

Organist: Ted Grantham

Guest Musician : Joshua Grantham, Bass

Interim Moderator : Rev. David Tsai, (

Session Clerk : Simon Fraser, (


Music before the Service : G.F.Handel, 1685 – 1759, Suite VII, Overture, Andante





Glory to God the Father, be,

     Glory to God the Son,

Glory O Holy Ghost, to Thee,

     Glorious Three-in -One,

Sing all the earth,

Sing heavenly host

Sing of His glorious name

Who from the first, 

Even is now, 

And evermore the same. 

 Glory to God . . . Amen.

Tune, Skye Boat Song, Scottish Folk Song


Call to Worship


Prayers of Approach and Adoration and Lord’s Prayer


Hymn 1 



O come, O come, Immanuel,

And ransom captive Israel,

That mourns in lonely exile here

Until the Son of God appear.

         Rejoice ! rejoice ! Immanuel

         Shall come to thee, O Israel.



O come, Thou dayspring, come and cheer

Our spirits by thine advent here ;

Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,

And death’s dark shadows put to flight.

         Rejoice ! . . . 



O come, Thou Key of David, come

And open wide our heavenly home ;

Make safe the way that leads on high,

And close the path to misery.

         Rejoice ! . . . Amen.


12th Century, tr. John Mason Neale,1818 – 66 

Tune, Veni Immanuel, The hymnal Noted, 1854


First Reading – Mark 13: 24 – 37


Prayer of Confession 

Solo (Joshua Grantham)


For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people : but the Lord shall arise upon thee and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the gentiles shall come to thy light and kings to the brightness of thy rising.


Isaiah lx : 2,3,


Music, Messiah,G.F.Handel.1685 – 1759  


Second Reading – Isaiah 64:1 – 9 

Solo (Joshua Grantham)


The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light : and they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.


Isaiah ix : 2

Music, Messiah,G.F.Handel.1685 – 1759  

Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession


Notices – Retiring Offering

Hymn 2



 Amazing grace ! how sweet the sound

     That saved a wretch like me !

I once was lost, but now am found,

     Was blind but now I see.


The Lord has promised good to me

     His word my hope secures ;

He will my shield and portion be

     As long as life endures.


Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
     And mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess, within the veil,
     A life of joy and peace. Amen


John Newton, 1725 – 1807

Tune, Amazing Grace, Scottish Folk Song


Sermon –  Coming Ready or Not

Hymn 3


Jesus calls us ! O’er the tumult

     Of our life’s wild restless sea,

Day by day His sweet voice soundeth,

     Saying, “Christian, follow Me.”



As, of old, Saint Andrew heard it

     By the Galilean lake,

Turned from home and toil and kindred,

     Leaving all for His dear sake.


Jesus calls us ! by Thy mercies,

     Saviour make us hear Thy call,

Give our hearts to Thy obedience,

     Serve and love Thee best of all. Amen.


Cecil Frances Alexander, 1823 – 95 

Tune, St. Andrew, Edward Henry Thorne, 1834 – 1916  


Benediction – Threefold  Amen – Retiring  Offering


Music after the Service :  G.F.Handel, Suite VII, Allegro








Services will be held at the Church at 10 a.m. each Sunday and will also be available on line by clicking “Livestream” at

The preacher the next Sunday:  Preacher in November and December, Rev. Robert Boase.

NBN is now connected to the Church Hall and fully operational for internet and landline telephone.

The telephone number is 02 9552 2057.  This is a Telstra Business service.

Offerings can be posted to  PO box 42 Annandale 2038 or paid online to Annandale Leichhardt Presbyterian Church BSB: 032-011 Account Number: 120709. Please quote reference “Plate”. Please make cheques payable to: “Annandale Leichhardt Presbyterian Church” (not Hunter Baillie). If you wish to donate anonymously, put “Anonymous” or “Anon” as the name.


Next Sunday, 6th December, will be the usual Quarterly Communion Service.


Next Covid Safe Recital: 

5 p.m. Friday, 11th December, A.D. 2020

Organist, Sam Giddy (from team St Andrew’s Cathedral)


- J.S. Bach (1685 - 1750) – Prelude and Fugue in C Minor BWV 546

- C.P.E. Bach (1714 - 1788) – Sonata no. 6 in G Minor

I. Allegro Moderato, II. Adagio, III. Allegro

- Ad Wammes (1953 - ) – Miroir

- César Franck (1822 - 1890) – Prelude, Fugue and Variation Op. 18

- Joseph Rheinberger (1839 - 1901) – from Sonata in E Minor Op. 132:

III. Scherzoso, IV. Passacaglia




The PWA is holding a Christmas street stall on Saturday 5th December from 9am.  Any assistance will be gratefully received. 





Meetings : A special congregational meeting will be held in the Church hall at around 11.30 am on Sunday 13 December in order to receive and consider the recommendation of the Selection Committee regarding the vacancy and the report of Session.


Next Zoom Bible study, 5th December



Duty Elder for November, Malcolm Beveridge, for December, Sue Maddrell

Door Duty : 29th November, Catherine and Paul, 6th December , Imma and Alan, 13th December, Sue and John, 20thDecember, Alan & Noel, 24th December, Alice and Sue M, 25th December, Margaret and Malcolm, 27thDecember, Catherine and Paul.