Sunday 17th December 2017

Third Sunday of Advent

Scripture Readings | Music | Prayers | Sermon

 

Collect

Collect

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.

 

Old Testament

Isaiah 61:1-4,8-11

   1The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;

   2To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;

   3To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.

   4And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations.

   8For I the LORD love judgment, I hate robbery for burnt offering; and I will direct their work in truth, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.

   9And their seed shall be known among the Gentiles, and their offspring among the people: all that see them shall acknowledge them, that they are the seed which the LORD hath blessed.

   10I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.

   11For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.

 

Epistle

1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

   16Rejoice evermore.

   17Pray without ceasing.

   18In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

   19Quench not the Spirit.

   20Despise not prophesyings.

   21Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

   22Abstain from all appearance of evil.

   23And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

   24Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.

 

Psalm

Psalm 126

   1When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.

   2Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them.

   3The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.

   4Turn again our captivity, O LORD, as the streams in the south.

   5They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.

   6He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.

 

Gospel

John 1:6-8,19-28

   6There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.

   7The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.

   8He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.

   19And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou?

   20And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ.

   21And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No.

   22Then said they unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself?

   23He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias.

   24And they which were sent were of the Pharisees.

   25And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet?

   26John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not;

   27He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe's latchet I am not worthy to unloose.

   28These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.

 

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Offertory

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Recessional

No sermon available for this Sunday.