3rd Sunday in Advent B

Rejoice! The Lord is near

      Bind up the broken-hearted, proclaim liberty to the captives and release to the prisoners, proclaim the year of the Lord's favour, the day of vengeance of our God. Isaiah 61:1-2
      Almighty God, we pray that the course of this world may be so peaceably ordered through your guidance that your church may joyfully serve you in all godly quietness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. BCP. Trinity 5
      Let us pray [that God will fill us with joy at the coming of Christ.]
      Lord God, may we, your people, who look forward to the birthday of Christ, experience the joy of salvation and celebrated the feast with love and thanksgiving. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. AAPB
      Eternal God, you sent John the Baptist to prepare the way for the coming of your Son: grant us wisdom to see your purpose and openness to hear your will, that we too may prepare the way for Christ who is coming in power and glory to establish his rule of peace and justice; through Jesus Christ our Judge and our Redeemer, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. APBA
      I will greatly rejoice in the Lord.   Isaiah 61:1-11   61:1-4, 8-11
      Those who sow in tears, shall reap with songs of joy.   Psalm 126  
      Ready for the coming of our Lord.   1 Thessalonians 5:12-24   5:16-24
      John and the Pharisees.   John 1:6-8, 19-28  
Supplementary readings
      The glory of Zion.   Isaiah 60:10-22   60:15-22
      Jesus and John the Baptist.   Luke 7:18-35   7:18-28
Hymns and Spiritual Songs
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Gathering Songs
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Hymn or Chorus first line
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Color Key and Notes
      RCL reading;
      APBA reading;
      Congregational response or refrain, AAPB/RSV;
      Subject heading, AAPB;
      Where there is a second Old Testament reading it is sequential rather than linked to the gospel;
      Hymn book and other abbreviations. See In Words and Song.

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