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MONDAY

PSALM 125

TUESDAY

ACTS 3:17---4:4

WEDNESDAY

COMMEMORATION OF KATHARINA VON BORA LUTHER, RENEWER OF THE CHURCH, 1552

MARK 9:9-13

THURSDAY

PSALM 89:1-4, 19-26

FRIDAY

HEBREWS 1:5-14

SATURDAY

JOHN 7:40-52

FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT

2 SAMUEL 7:1-11, 16; LUKE 1:46B-55 OR PSALM 89:1-4, 19-26; ROMANS 16:25-27; LUKE 1:26-38

​​​​​​​​​​​​​THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17TH, 2017

"REJOICE ALWAYS," BEGINS THE READING FROM FIRST THESSALONIANS. ISAIAH AND THE PSALMIST

MAKE CLEAR THAT GOD IS TURNING OUR MOURNING INTO LAUGHTER AND SHOUTS OF JOY. "ALL GOD'S

CHILDREN GOT A ROBE," GO THE WORDS OF THE SPIRITUAL. IT IS NOT SO MUCH A STATELY, FORMAL,

PRESSED OUTFIT AS IT IS A SET OF PARTY CLOTHES, CLOTHES THAT MAKE US FEEL HAPPY JUST TO PUT

ON. WE RECEIVE THAT ROBE IN BAPTISM, AND IN WORSHIP WE GATHER FOR A FORETASTE OF GOD'S PARTY.


PRAYER OF THE DAY

STIR UP THE WILLS OF YOUR FAITHFUL PEOPLE, LORD GOD, AND OPEN OUT EARS OT THE WORDS OF YOUR

PROPHETS, THAT, ANOINTED BY YOUR SPIRIT, WE MAY TESTIFY TO YOUR LIGHT; THROUGH JESUS CHRIST, OUR

SAVIOR AND LORD, WHO LIVES AND REIGNS WITH YOU AND THE HOLY SPIRIT, ONE GOD, NOW AND FOREVER.

AMEN.

FIRST READING

ISAIAH 61:1-4, 8-11

THOUGH THE PEOPLE HAD RETURNED TO JERUSALEM FROM EXILE IN BABYLON, THEY

CONTINUED TO FACE HARDSHIP AND OPPRESSION. IN THE LANGUAGE OF THE JUBILEE YEAR

DESCRIBED IN LEVITICUS 25, THE PROPHET, MOVED BY THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD, ANNOUNCES

DELIVERANCE FOR THOSE WHO ARE OPPRESSED AND COMFORT FOR THOSE WHO MOURN.

PLEASE REFER TO YOUR BIBLE FOR THE READING.

PSALM
PSALM 126; REFRAIN PS. 126:3

THE LORD HAS DONE GREAT THINGS FOR US.
PLEASE REFER TO YOUR BIBLE FOR THE READING.


SECOND READING

1 THESSALONIANS 5:16-24
PAUL CONCLUDES HIS LETTER TO THE THESSALONIANS BY ENCOURAGING THEM

TO LIVES OF CONTINUAL JOY, PRAYER, AND THANKSGIVING. THE CLOSING BLESSING

IS GROUNDED IN THE HOPE OF CHRIST'S COMING.

PLEASE REFER TO YOUR BIBLE FOR THE READING.


GOSPEL

JOHN 1:6-8, 19-28

JOHN'S GOSPEL DESCRIBES JESUS AS THE "LIGHT OF THE WORLD." JOHN THE BAPTIST IS PRESENTED AS

A WITNESS TO JESUS, ONE WHO DIRECTS ATTENTION AWAY FROM HIMSELF TO CHRIST, THE TRUE LIGHT.

PLEASE REFER TO YOUR BIBLE FOR THE READING.