PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP,
December 16, 2018
Third Sunday of Advent
OLD TESTAMENT: Isaiah
Comfort for God's People
1 Comfort, comfort my people, says your
tenderly to Jerusalem,
cry to her
that her warfare
her iniquity is pardoned,
that she has received from the
for all her sins.
“In the wilderness prepare the way of the
straight in the desert a highway for our God.
valley shall be lifted up,
every mountain and hill be made low;
the uneven ground shall become level,
the rough places a plain.
the glory of the
shall be revealed,
all flesh shall see it together,
the mouth of the
The Word of God Stands Forever
voice says, “Cry!”
“What shall I cry?”
All flesh is grass,
all its beauty
is like the flower of the field.
grass withers, the flower fades
the breath of the
blows on it;
the people are grass.
grass withers, the flower fades,
the word of our God will stand forever.
The Greatness of God
on up to a high mountain,
Zion, herald of good news;
lift up your voice with strength,
Jerusalem, herald of good news;
it up, fear not;
say to the cities of Judah,
comes with might,
his arm rules for him;
behold, his reward is with him,
his recompense before him.
will tend his flock like a shepherd;
will gather the lambs in his arms;
he will carry them in his bosom,
gently lead those that are with young.
Revive Us Again
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah.
1 Lord, you were favorable to your land;
restored the fortunes of Jacob.
forgave the iniquity of your people;
covered all their sin.
withdrew all your wrath;
turned from your hot anger.
us again, O God of our salvation,
put away your indignation toward us!
you be angry with us forever?
you prolong your anger to all generations?
you not revive us again,
your people may rejoice in you?
us your steadfast love, O
grant us your salvation.
me hear what God the
he will speak peace to his people, to his saints;
let them not turn back to folly.
his salvation is near to those who fear him,
glory may dwell in our land.
love and faithfulness meet;
and peace kiss each other.
springs up from the ground,
righteousness looks down from the sky.
will give what is good,
our land will yield its increase.
will go before him
make his footsteps a way.
EPISTLE: 1 Corinthians
The Ministry of Apostles
1 This is how one should regard us, as
servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.
it is required of stewards that they be found faithful.
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.
I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted. It is
the Lord who judges me.
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.
GOSPEL: Matthew 11:2-11
when John heard in prison about the deeds of the Christ, he sent word by his
said to him, “Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?”
Jesus answered them,
“Go and tell John what you hear and see:
blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers
are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have
good news preached to them.
blessed is the one who is not offended by me.”
they went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds concerning John:
did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind?
then did you go out to see? A man
dressed in soft clothing? Behold, those who wear soft clothing are in kings'
then did you go out to see? A prophet?
Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.
is he of whom it is written,
send my messenger before your face,
prepare your way before you.’
I say to you, among those born of women there has arisen no one greater than
John the Baptist. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater
Altar for Advent, 2018
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