Advent 3 – 12/16/2018

Collect of the Day
O Lord Jesus Christ, you sent your messengers the prophets to preach
repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Grant that the ministers and stewards of your mysteries may likewise make ready your way,
by turning the hearts of the disobedient toward the wisdom of the just,
that at your second coming to judge the world, we may be found a people
acceptable in your sight; for with the Father and the Holy Spirit you live
and reign, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Old Testament Reading
Zephaniah 3:14-20
Sing aloud, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with
all your heart, O daughter of Jerusalem! 15 The LORD has taken away
the judgments against you; he has cleared away your enemies. The King
of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst; you shall never again fear evil. 16
On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: “Fear not, O Zion; let not your
hands grow weak. 17 The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one
who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by
his love; he will exult over you with loud singing. 18 I will gather those of
you who mourn for the festival, so that you will no longer suffer reproach.
19 Behold, at that time I will deal with all your oppressors. And I will
save the lame and gather the outcast, and I will change their shame into
praise and renown in all the earth. 20 At that time I will bring you in, at
the time when I gather you together; for I will make you renowned and
praised among all the peoples of the earth, when I restore your fortunes
before your eyes,” says the LORD.
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 85
1 LORD, you have been gracious to your land; *
you have turned away the captivity of Jacob.
2 You have forgiven the offence of your people *
and covered all their sins.
3 You have taken away all your displeasure *
and turned yourself from your wrathful indignation.
4 Restore us then, O God our Savior, *
and let your anger cease from us.
5 Will you be displeased at us for ever, *
and will you stretch out your wrath from one generation to another?
6 Will you not turn again, and quicken us, *
that your people may rejoice in you?
7 Show us your mercy, O LORD, *
and grant us your salvation.
8 I will hearken to what the LORD God will say *
for he shall speak peace unto his people, and to his saints, that they
turn not again.
9 For his salvation is near them that fear him, *
that glory may dwell in our land.
10 Mercy and truth have met together; *
righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
11Truth shall flourish up from the earth, *
and righteousness has looked down from heaven.
12 Indeed, the LORD shall show goodness, *
and our land shall give her increase.
13Righteousness shall go before him, *
and he shall direct his going in the way.
New Testament Reading
Philippians 4:4-9
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. 5
Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6
do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with
thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7
And the peace
of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and
your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is
just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if
there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about
these things. 9
What you have learned and received and heard and seen in
me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
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.
Luke 3:7-20
He said therefore to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him,
“You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
8 Bear fruits in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you, God is able from
these stones to raise up children for Abraham. 9
Even now the axe is laid
to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit
is cut down and thrown into the fire.”
10 And the crowds asked him, “What then shall we do?” 11 And he answered them, “Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has
none, and whoever has food is to do likewise.” 12 Tax collectors also came
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.
to be baptized and said to him, “Teacher, what shall we do?” 13 And he
said to them, “Collect no more than you are authorized to do.” 14 Soldiers
also asked him, “And we, what shall we do?” And he said to them, “Do
not extort money from anyone by threats or by false accusation, and be
content with your wages.”
15 As the people were in expectation, and all were questioning in their
hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Christ, 16 John answered them all, saying, “I baptize you with water, but he who is mightier
than I is coming, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He
will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 17 His winnowing fork is
in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his
barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”
18 So with many other exhortations he preached good news to the people.
19 But Herod the tetrarch, who had been reproved by him for Herodias,
his brother’s wife, and for all the evil things that Herod had done, 20 added this to them all, that he locked up John in prison.
Deacon: The Gospel of the Lord.
People: Praise to you, Lord Christ.


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