Advent Three

Year C
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Advent 3

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Collect – 5 (Text shown)

Post Communion Prayer – 6 (Text shown)

Principle Service (Text shown)
Zephaniah 3. 14-20
Canticle: Isaiah 12. 2-6 or Psalm 146. 5-10
Philippians 4. 4-7
Luke 3. 7-18

Second Service (Text not shown)
Psalm 50. 1-6; [62]
Isaiah 35
Luke 1. 57-66, [67-80]

Third Service (Text not shown)
Psalm 12; 14
Isaiah 25. 1-9
1 Corinthians 4. 1-5

1984 (Text not shown)
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Collect 5
1984 Prayer Book
Lord Jesus Christ, who at thy first coming didst send thy messenger to prepare thy way before thee; grant that the ministers and stewards of thy mysteries may likewise so prepare and make ready thy way, by turning the hearts of the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, that at thy second coming to judge the world we may be found an acceptable people in thy sight, who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end.
Give ear, Lord, to our prayers, and by thy gracious visitation lighten the darkness of our minds; through Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, now and ever.

Contemporary
O Lord Jesus Christ,
who at your first coming sent your messenger
to prepare your way before you:
grant that the ministers and stewards of your mysteries
may likewise so prepare and make ready your way
by turning the hearts of the disobedient
to the wisdom of the just,
that at your second coming to judge the world
we may be found an acceptable people in your sight;
for you are alive and reign with the Father
and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Post Communion Prayer 6
God of mercy and power,
whose Son rules over all,
grant us so to live in obedience to your holy will,
that at his appearing
we may be raised to eternal life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Zephaniah 3. 14-20
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 weak. 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; 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.

Canticle: Isaiah 12. 2-6 or Psalm 146. 5-10
Biblical text
Isaiah 12. 2-6
Surely God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid, for the LORD GOD is my strength and my might; he has become my salvation. With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. And you will say on that day: Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known his deeds among the nations; proclaim that his name is exalted.
Sing praises to the LORD, for he has done gloriously; let this be known in all the earth. Shout aloud and sing for joy, O royal Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.

Psalm 146. 5-10
Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD their God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them; who keeps faith for ever; who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food to the hungry.
The LORD sets the prisoners free; the LORD opens the eyes of the blind. The LORD lifts up those who are bowed down; the LORD loves the righteous. The LORD watches over the strangers; he upholds the orphan and the widow, but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.
The LORD will reign for ever, your God, O Zion, for all generations. Praise the LORD!

Canticle: Isaiah 12. 2-6
[Antiphon: Shout and sing for joy,
for great in your midst is the Holy One.]

‘Behold, God is / my sal/vation :
I will trust • and / will not / be a/fraid;
For the Lord is my / strength and my / song :
and / has be/come • my sal/vation.’
With joy you / will draw / water :
from the / wells / of sal/vation.
On that day / you will / say :
‘Give thanks to the Lord / call u/pon his / name;
Make known his deeds a/mong the / nations :
pro/claim • that his / name is e/xalted.
Sing God’s praises, who has / triumphed / gloriously :
let this be / known in / all the / world.
Shout and sing for joy, you that / dwell in / Zion :
for great in your midst is the / Holy / One of / Israel.’

Pointed Psalm
Psalm 146. 5-10
Who made heaven and earth,
the sea and / all that is / in them :
who / keeps his / promise for / ever;
Who gives justice to those that / suffer / wrong :
and / bread to / those who / hunger.
The Lord looses / those that are / bound :
the Lord opens the / eyes / of the / blind;
The Lord lifts up those who / are bowed / down :
the / Lord / loves the / righteous;
The Lord watches over the stranger in the land;
he upholds the / orphan and / widow :
but the way of the wicked / he turns / upside / down.
The Lord shall / reign for / ever :
your God, O Zion, throughout all gene/rations. / Alle/luia.

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

Luke 3. 7-18
John 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? Bear 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.Even 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.’
And the crowds asked him, ‘What then should we do?’ In reply he said to them, ‘Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.’ Even tax-collectors came to be baptized, and they asked him, ‘Teacher, what should we do?’ He said to them, ‘Collect no more than the amount prescribed for you.’ Soldiers 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.’
As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, John 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. His 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.’ So, with many other exhortations, he proclaimed the good news to the people.

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