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Third Sunday of Advent

Third Sunday of Advent

7 Dec 2021 • General news

Advent Wreath

The Third Sunday of Advent: Joy

Leader: The third candle of Advent is the Candle of Joy. When the

angel Gabriel told Mary that a special child would be born

to her she was filled with joy. She sang a song that began

with the words: “My soul magnifies the Lord, my spirit

rejoices in God my saviour.

Just as the birth of Jesus gave great joy to his mother, so his

presence in the world gave joy to those who had none before.

He healed them and gave them hope and peace when they

believed in him. From hope, peace, and love grows joy.

We light the candle of joy to remind us that when Jesus is

born in us we have joy and that through him there will

be everlasting joy on earth. Joy is like a light shining in a

dark place. As we look at this candle we celebrate the joy

we find in Jesus Christ.

The first, second and third candles are lit.

All: Thank you God for the joy you give us. We ask

that as we wait for all your promises to come true,

and for Christ to come again, that you would remain

present with us. Help us today, and everyday to

worship you, to hear your word, and to do your will

by sharing your joy with each other. We ask it in

the name of the one who was born in Bethlehem. Amen

Collect: God for whom we watch and wait, you sent John the Baptist to prepare the way of your Son: give us courage to speak the truth, to hunger for justice, and to suffer for the cause of right, with Jesus Christ our Lord.

Post Communion: We give you thanks, O Lord, for these heavenly gifts; kindle in us the fire of your Spirit that when your Christ comes again we may shine as lights before his face; who is alive and reigns now and for ever.

Zephaniah 3. 14-end

Sing aloud, O daughter Zion; shout, O Israel!
Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter Jerusalem!
The Lord has taken away the judgements against you, he has turned away your enemies.
The king of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst; you shall fear disaster no more.
On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: Do not fear, O Zion; do not let your hands grow
The Lord, your God, is in your midst, a warrior who gives victory; |weak.
he will rejoice over you with gladness, he will renew you in his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing as on a day of festival.
I will remove disaster from you, so that you will not bear reproach for it.
I will deal with all your oppressors at that time.
And I will save the lame and gather the outcast,

and I will change their shame into praise and renown in all the earth.
At that time I will bring you home, at the time when I gather you;
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.

Philippians 4. 4-7

4Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. 6Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Luke 3. 7-18

7John said 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? 8Bear fruits worthy of repentance. Do not begin to say to yourselves, “We have Abraham as our ancestor”; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham. 9Even now the axe is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.’

10And the crowds asked him, ‘What then should we do?’ 11In reply he said to them, ‘Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.’ 12Even tax-collectors came to be baptized, and they asked him, ‘Teacher, what should we do?’ 13He said to them, ‘Collect no more than the amount prescribed for you.’ 14Soldiers also asked him, ‘And we, what should we do?’ He said to them, ‘Do not extort money from anyone by threats or false accusation, and be satisfied with your wages.’ 15As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, 16John answered all of them by saying, ‘I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 17His winnowing-fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing-floor and to gather the wheat into his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.’

18So, with many other exhortations, he proclaimed the good news to the people.