Our Sacred Roots: The Priesthood of All Believers
T he S eason of A dvent
Third Sunday of Advent: Affirmation December 12 - 18, 2021
Advent joyously affirms the First and Second comings of our Lord. Through the prophets, God foretold the Messiah’s appearing to his people, Israel. Through the angels, he announced his birth to Zechariah, Mary, and the shepherds. Let us reverently ponder the sure promise of God – the Deliverer will come and ransom captive Israel and the world.
THIS WEEK’S THEME TheWells of Salvation, Isaiah 12.2-6
Our God is the true God of salvation; in him we trust, and we need never fear anything for he is our strength and our song, and our salvation. Because of the blessed hope of the Messiah’s coming we have joy, and we will draw water from the wells of salvation. As believers clinging to the hope of eternal life in Jesus, we give the Lord thanks, call upon his name, and make his deeds known among the peoples of the earth. We declare the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, to be great in the midst of his people.
Daily Devotional Guide Preparing Our Hearts
Invocation: Our Prayer of Acclamation Blessed Lord, who has caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by patience, and comfort of thy holy Word, wemay embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which thou hast given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ, ever one God, world without end. Amen.
~ Book of English Collects, 1549, in Roger Geffen, The Handbook of Public Prayer. NewYork, NY: The Macmillan Company, 1963. p. 69.
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