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Walking with John the Baptist - The Third Sunday in Advent

Today we light our third Advent candle.

Let us Pray

Blessed are you, sovereign Lord, just and true: to you be praise and glory for ever. Your prophet John the Baptist was witness to the truth as a burning and shining light. May we your servants rejoice in his light, and so be led to witness to him who is the Lord of our coming kingdom, Jesus our Savior and King of the ages. Amen.

Let us Walk

We walk this week with John the Baptist, the one sent to prepare the way for the promised Messiah. As we look expectantly around us this week, I wonder, who prepared you to know the way of Jesus? In what ways are you preparing yourself, your family, and your community in this season? How might you be encountering the unexpected presence of Christ? In what ways are you being challenged? In what ways are you finding hope?

Let us Prepare

Let us prepare for the week with this Canticle from Morning Prayer

BENEDICTUS - The Song of Zechariah

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; *

he has come to his people and set them free.

He has raised up for us a mighty savior, *

born of the house of his servant David.

Through his holy prophets he promised of old that he would save us from our enemies, *

from the hands of all who hate us.

He promised to show mercy to our fathers *

and to remember his holy covenant.

This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham, *

to set us free from the hands of our enemies,

Free to worship him without fear, *

holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life.

You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, *

for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,

To give his people knowledge of salvation *

by the forgiveness of their sins.

In the tender compassion of our God *

the dawn from on high shall break upon us,

To shine on those who dwell in darkness and in the shadow of death, *

and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;

As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

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