3rd Sunday in Advent

Rejoice! The Lord is near

      Do not fear. The Lord, your God, is in your midst, a warrior who gives victory; he will rejoice over you with gladness, he will renew you in his love. Zephaniah 3:16-17
      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 celebrate 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
      Almighty God, you sent your Son into a world where the wheat must be winnowed from the chaff and evil clings even to what is good: let the fire of your Spirit purge us of all corruption, so that, purified, we may wait eagerly for him whose coming is certain, whose Day draws near, your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. APBA
      The Lord will renew us by his love.   Zephaniah 3:14-20  
      Canticle: A song of Isaiah.   Isaiah 12:2-6  
      The Lord is near.   Philippians 4:4-9   4:4-7
      What must we do?   Luke 3:1-20   3:7-18
Supplementary readings
      Everlasting salvation for Zion.   Isaiah 51:1-16   51:9-16
      Jesus and John the Baptist.   John 3:22-36  
Hymns and Spiritual Songs
Worship elements
Gathering Songs
Book & #
CH 44
CH 15
CT 35
TIS 289
TIS 200
CC 175
TIS 643
CC 161
Hymn or Chorus first line
The Bridegroom Song
There's a river of praise
Child in a stable
Christmas is coming
In you is gladness
In the presence of your people
I want to walk as a child
Alleluia Jesus is our king
Tunes and sources
alt. TIS 161. Tell out my soul
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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