The Third Sunday of Advent

Collect

Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and forever.  Amen

Isaiahh 35:1-10 . . . the prophet envisions a time of abundance and healing for Israel l
Psalm 14:5-10 . . . A hymn of praise to the Lord, who forms the world and rules in justice, who heals and cares for the needy

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Canticle (Magnificat) . , , Mary offers a song to praise God who has looked with favor upon her and who has lifted up the lowly and brought down the powerful
James 5:7-10  . . .  an exhortation to patient expectation in preparation for the coming of the Lord
Matthew 11:2-11. . . Jesus responds to a question from John the Baptist about his mission and then describes John’s ministry
Sermon

Ryan Ahlgrim is pastor of First Mennonite Church in Richmond, Virginia, and a remarkable preacher.  He doesn’t use notes; he just stands and delivers.  The sermon title is,  “You’ll Have to Ask My Neighbor.”

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