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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Prayer and Scriptures for the Third Sunday of Advent (2014) - Gaudete Sunday

John the Baptist
Prayer for the Week:
Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.
Readings from the Revised Common Lectionary:
First reading: Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11
Psalm: Psalm 126
or Luke 1:46b-55
Second reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
Gospel: John 1:6-8, 19-28 
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light.

This is the testimony given by John when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, "Who are you?" He confessed and did not deny it, but confessed, "I am not the Messiah." And they asked him, "What then? Are you Elijah?" He said, "I am not." "Are you the prophet?" He answered, "No." Then they said to him, "Who are you? Let us have an answer for those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?" He said, "I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, `Make straight the way of the Lord,'" as the prophet Isaiah said. Now they had been sent from the Pharisees. They asked him, "Why then are you baptizing if you are neither the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the prophet?" John answered them, "I baptize with water. Among you stands one whom you do not know, the one who is coming after me; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandal." This took place in Bethany across the Jordan where John was baptizing. (John 1:6-8, 19-28)

Lectionary Reflections for the Season of Advent:

Internet Monk: Advent - Gaudete Sunday
Why is the third candle on the Advent Wreath pink and not purple or dark blue like the others? 
Answer: Because the third Sunday in Advent is different. It is known as Gaudete (Rejoicing) Sunday. On this day, having passed the midpoint of Advent, the Church lightens the mood a little, the third candle is a lighter color and the vestments in the church may also match that. The change in color reminds us that our “redemption draws near” and provides us with encouragement to continue our spiritual preparations.
Ekklesia Project: Like Those Who Dream

Christianity Today: Drive-Through Christmas by Stanley Grenz
...we cannot truly sing 'Joy to the World' unless we have thoroughly rehearsed 'O Come, O Come Emmanuel.
andygoodliff: Let the things that make for ... (A prayer for advent)

Eclectic Orthodoxy: So then, the Lord’s forerunner was a man, not a god

We wait with hope, and peace, and joy. Come, Lord Jesus!

*'Prayers for the Week' are collects from the Book of Common Prayer that can also be followed here and here.

*Weekly readings are from the Revised Common Lectionary,

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