Advent 2 – 12/9/2018

Collect of the Day
Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest
them, that by patience and the comfort of your holy Word we may
embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you
have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Old Testament Reading
Malachi 3:1-5
“Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me.
And the LORD whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; and
the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts. 2
But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner’s fire and
like fullers’ soap. 3
He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he
will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, and they
will bring offerings in righteousness to the LORD. 4
Then the offering of
Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the LORD as in the days of old
and as in former years.
“Then I will draw near to you for judgment. I will be a swift witness
against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swear falsely, against those who oppress the hired worker in his wages, the widow
and the fatherless, against those who thrust aside the sojourner, and do
not fear me, says the LORD of hosts.
Reader: The word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.
Psalter Verses
(In said services, the psalm verses may be placed between the Epistle and the
Gospel, with the congregation standing in preparation for the Gospel. At
services where there is a hymn or canticle before the Gospel, the psalm might
be said between the Old Testament and Epistle, the people seated.)
Psalm 126
1 When the LORD overturned the captivity of Zion, *
then were we like those who dream.
2 Then was our mouth filled with laughter *
and our tongue with shouts of joy.
3 Then they said among the nations, *
“The LORD has done great things for them.”
4 Indeed, the LORD has done great things for us already, *
whereof we rejoice.
5 Overturn our captivity, O LORD, *
as the rivers in the south.
6 They that sow in tears *
shall reap in joy.
7 He who goes on his way weeping, and bears good seed, *
shall doubtless come again with joy, and bring his sheaves with him.
New Testament Reading
1 Corinthians 4:(1-7)8-21
( This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards
of the mysteries of God. 2
Moreover, it is required of stewards that they
be found faithful. 3
But with me it is a very small thing that I should be
judged by you or by any human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself. 4
For I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted. It is the Lord who judges me. 5
Therefore do not pronounce
judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light
the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the
heart. Then each one will receive his commendation from God.
I have applied all these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit,
brothers, that you may learn by us not to go beyond what is written,
that none of you may be puffed up in favor of one against another. 7
who sees anything different in you? What do you have that you did not
receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive
it? )
8 Already you have all you want! Already you have become rich! Without us you have become kings! And would that you did reign, so that
we might share the rule with you! 9
For I think that God has exhibited
us apostles as last of all, like men sentenced to death, because we have
become a spectacle to the world, to angels, and to men. 10 We are fools
for Christ’s sake, but you are wise in Christ. We are weak, but you are
strong. You are held in honor, but we in disrepute. 11 To the present hour
we hunger and thirst, we are poorly dressed and buffeted and homeless, 12
and we labor, working with our own hands. When reviled, we bless; when
persecuted, we endure; 13 when slandered, we entreat. We have become,
and are still, like the scum of the world, the refuse of all things.
14 I do not write these things to make you ashamed, but to admonish
you as my beloved children. 15 For though you have countless guides in
Christ, you do not have many fathers. For I became your father in Christ
Jesus through the gospel. 16 I urge you, then, be imitators of me. 17 That
is why I sent you Timothy, my beloved and faithful child in the Lord, to
remind you of my ways in Christ, as I teach them everywhere in every
church. 18 Some are arrogant, as though I were not coming to you. 19 But
I will come to you soon, if the Lord wills, and I will find out not the talk
of these arrogant people but their power. 20 For the kingdom of God does
not consist in talk but in power. 21 What do you wish? Shall I come to
you with a rod, or with love in a spirit of gentleness?
Reader: The word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.
The Holy Gospel
Deacon: The Holy Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ, according to St.
People: Glory to you, Lord Christ.
Sources: The Collect of the Day is taken from Texts for Common Prayer (2018). The Psalm verses
are from the Renewed Coverdale Psalter prepared for the Book of Common Prayer (2019). Scripture quotations are taken from The ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®),
copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Luke 3:1-6
In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being
governor of Judea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother
Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias
tetrarch of Abilene, 2
during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas,
the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the wilderness. 3
And he went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism
of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 4
As it is written in the book of
the words of Isaiah the prophet,
“The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight. 5
Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain
and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall become straight, and
the rough places shall become level ways, 6
and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’”
Deacon: The Gospel of the Lord.
People: Praise to you, Lord Christ.


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