Third Sunday of Advent 2022

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With your presence, Lord, our Head and Savior,bless them all we humbly pray.
Our dear heavenly father’s love and favor be their comfort every day.
May God’s spirit now in each proceeding favor them with his most gracious leading
thus, shall they be truly blessed both in labor and in rest.

MBW # 447

Jesus is our Emmanuel, “God with us,” promised when our first parents became exiles from God and captives of sin. Because we desire him among us, we sing: “O come, O come, Emmanuel!” Jesus is the Word of God and Wisdom of the Father of all eternity. We sing the praises of him who existed before the world began: “Come, O Wisdom!”

The Lord of might appeared amid flames of the burning bush on Mount Sinai. We ask him to make us worthy to enter the Promised Lord. We call to him: “Come, O Lord of might!”

Jesus is the Flower of Jesse’s root. No greater flower bloomed on the family tree of Jesse, King David’s father.Jesus would become the tree of life that brings us salvation, and so we pray: “Come, O Rod of Jesse’s stem!”

Jesus is the Key of David. He came to unlock the prison of death and release us from the bonds of sin. We are grateful that he gave us freedom as we sing: “Come, O Key of David!” Jesus is the Daystar, the sun that brightens the world’s darkness. We will see him in splendor when he comes again. On that day He will cheer us, and so we sing: “Come, O Daystar!”

O come, all ye faithful,
joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem;
come and behold him, born the king of angels;
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him, Christ, the Lord.

MBW #283

O God, who from the family of your servant David raised up Joseph to be the guardian of your incarnate Son and the spouse of his virgin mother: Give us grace to imitate his uprightness of life and his obedience to your commands; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Almighty God, who have created all worlds and mankind, has profoundly pitied us, who has come to us that we might be saved, not of our merit, but of your unquenchable love; look on us who worship in comfort, in light and warmth, in health and prosperity, in pride and in presumption. For, having all glory, you became incarnate in the dishonor of a defeated line of kings.

The Advent Wreath reminds us of the approaching celebration of Jesus’ birth.
The evergreen leaves remind us of everlasting life promised by God
The round wreath symbolizes God’s unending love for all of us
The light of the candles stands for the light which Jesus brought into a dark and dreary world
Each Sunday in Advent another of the candles in the circle is lit.

We have called one another to hope, and we have sought peace with one another. Today comes the reminder to rejoice! We are mindful that for many this season may bring sadness and hurt,yet we are called to dutifully bring the promises of God, the true Joy-giver, to the world.

O God, we light the third candle of Advent as a symbol of the joy which the coming of Jesus Christ has brought into the world. We thank you that his joy continues to fill our lives each day.

Rejoice in the Lord always! Again, I will say rejoice! The Lord, our source of joy, is near!
May our lives and spirits be brightened by this moment of worship, and by those with whom we praise.

Gracious God, we confess that we’re not always able to detect the reasonsfor the joy which you have placed all around us, and we are not always open to the rejoicing to which you have called us. Forgive us, dear Lord. Once more we receive your invitation to join with joyful hearts in this time and place. Fill our mouths with laughter and our tongues with shouts of joy for the wonderful things that you have done and continue to do for us. Amen.


WATCHWORD FOR THE WEEK
Be strong, do not fear! Here is your God!
Isaiah 35:4



TODAY’S WATCHWORD
Human ways are under the eyes of the Lord.
Proverbs 5:21



DOCTRINAL TEXT
Mary said, “ Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.”
Luke 1:38


PRAYER FOR TODAY
God of light, you blessed Mary, that she could bless the world. This Advent season, we celebrate the virgin birth of our Savior, who walked this earth to show us how to live. Continue to guide us, we pray.
Amen.


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