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December 12, 2021: 3rd Sunday of Advent


Zephaniah 3:14-20: (Shout for joy, daughter of Zion! God comes as warrior and lover)

Psalm 85: (Show us your steadfast love, grant us your salvation; love and faithfulness meet; righteousness and peace kiss)

             RCL/ELW: Isaiah 12:2-6: (God is my salvation. Give thanks, sing praise, make his name known)

Philippians 4:4-7: (Rejoice in the Lord always; God’s peace, which passes understanding, guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus)

 Luke 7:18-28 (29-35): (Tell John you have seen the lame walk, the blind given sight, and the poor given the Gospel)

             RCL/ELW: Luke 3:17-18: (Ministry of John, stopping short of being put in prison)




For the Church, the world, for one another, and for the sake of all people, let us pray to the Lord.

A brief silence

Heavenly Father, thank you for the joy, righteousness, peace, and love you lavish upon us in Jesus! Thank you for every moment of healing, forgiveness, and hope that happens in this sin-damaged and death-shadowed world. Thank you for your peace that passes human understanding and endures past human malice. Whatever our circumstances, give us hearts filled with lasting joy and imperishable hope. Give us grace to thank you for Jesus, and to lead others to the joy of knowing him.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Make your Church beautiful with faithfulness, holiness, and joy. May its love for Jesus gladden many hearts. Let your persecuted Church rejoice in knowing you are near. Let their gentleness be known to everyone, even their tormentors. Guard all our minds and hearts in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We remember before you those whom it is easy to ignore: prisoners, refugees, and people in mental institutions, nursing homes, or homeless shelters. Help us to shed the light of your love upon them – and also the light of simple human kindness. Help us to speak your word of peace, forgiveness, and salvation to them – and also a word of understanding, encouragement, and friendship.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Give your dearest blessing to the people of this congregation. Let us be a people in whom your Word is fulfilled: “Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other. He will speak peace to his people, to his faithful, to those who turn to him in their hearts.”

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Make the leaders of every nation acknowledge your justice, and govern in obedience to it. Let faithfulness spring up from every human heart, and your righteousness look down from the sky. Strengthen, protect, and guide our military, first responders, and aid workers. Show them your steadfast love and direct their deeds in righteous pathways. Bring the blessing of peace to us all.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Help all who suffer to turn to the One who made the deaf hear, the blind see, and the lame walk. We especially pray for: {List}. Give them confidence in you so that they do not worry about anything, but lift their needs to you by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving. Grant your peace to them and all who love them, and guard their hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

 Heavenly Father, as we await the coming of your Son in glory, we also anticipate reunion with our beloved dead. Help us comfort all who grieve. Make us gentle, joyful, and steadfast in love. And we pray: rejoice over your people with gladness. Renew us in love. Exult over us with loud singing. Remove from us all sin and evil, so that we will not bear their reproach.  Bring us, with all whom Jesus has redeemed, into your everlasting home, where we shall rejoice in your goodness forever.

Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

 For all these things; for all we lift before you in the silence of our hearts; and for everything that you know we need, we pray in the name and power of our Lord Jesus Christ, and commend into your mighty and merciful hands.



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