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Texts from the New International Version (NIV) Bible
Today’s Readings: Isaiah 6:1-4 and Luke 2:8-14
Service Theme: The Angel's Song
Angels visit the shepherds in the fields to announce the birth of Jesus, the Messiah. Shepherds were amongst the lowest in society, but it is to them that God’s messengers bring the message. Angels can visit anyone, at any time. Would we recognise an angel? Would we treat one appropriately if he or she visited us? On this occasion they bring news of peace and the only thing to do is to praise God. The shepherds immediately act on the words of the angels, they visit the new baby in the manger, and praise God.
Collects and Readings
16th December 2018 - Third Sunday of Advent
Collects and Readings
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 in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
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.
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another: "Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.” At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.
Gospel - Luke 2:8-14
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favour rests."
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.
Readings for next week – 23rd December 2018
4th Sunday of Advent
- Isaiah 42:1-7
- Luke 2:25-35