3rd Sunday in Advent, 15 Dec 2019, Matthew 11:2-11 ~ Report what you have seen and heard!

3rd Sunday in Advent

+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Opening Prayer:

God of glory and compassion, at your touch the wilderness blossoms,
broken lives are made whole, and fearful hearts grow strong in faith.

Open our eyes to your presence and awaken our hearts to sing your praise.
To all who long for your Son’s return grant perseverance and patience,
that we may announce in word and deed the good news of the kingdom.

We ask this through him whose coming is certain, whose day draws near:
your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever. Amen

“Isaiah 35: Streams In The Desert” – Terry Devine-King


Gospel Reading: Matthew 11:2-11 (NLT)

John the Baptist, who was in prison, heard about all the things the Messiah was doing. So he sent his disciples to ask Jesus, “Are you the Messiah we’ve been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else?”

Jesus told them, “Go back to John and tell him what you have heard and seen— the blind see, the lame walk, those with leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, and the Good News is being preached to the poor.” And he added, “God blesses those who do not fall away because of me.”

As John’s disciples were leaving, Jesus began talking about him to the crowds. “What kind of man did you go into the wilderness to see? Was he a weak reed, swayed by every breath of wind? Or were you expecting to see a man dressed in expensive clothes? No, people with expensive clothes live in palaces. Were you looking for a prophet? Yes, and he is more than a prophet. John is the man to whom the Scriptures refer when they say,

‘Look, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, and he will prepare your way before you.’

“I tell you the truth, of all who have ever lived, none is greater than John the Baptist. Yet even the least person in the Kingdom of Heaven is greater than he is!

“What Joy (Psalm 146)” – Sarah Emerson



Mighty and Everlasting God: You have sent Your Son to save us.Prepare and hearts to receive Him. And reveal the presence of your Kingdom as it advances around us. We pray –

+ That the blind may see, and the deaf hear…
+ That the sick may be healed, and the dead raised to life….
+ That the tired may be strengthened, and the weak encouraged….
+ That the poor may receive the Good News of your loving-kindness….
+ That sorrow and sadness may be replaced with gladness and joy….
+ That all who trust in Your Name may be filled with everlasting joy….

Mighty and Everlasting God: You have sent Your Son to save us. Prepare our hearts to celebrate His humble birth, and welcome His glorious return. We ask this in His powerful name, the name of Jesus! Amen.

“Gaudete” – Steeleye Span

Rejoice, rejoice! Christ is born
Of the Virgin Mary – Rejoice!

The time of grace has come—What we have wished for;
Songs of joy Let us give back faithfully.

God has become man, With nature marveling,
The world has been renewed By the reigning Christ.

The closed gate of Ezekiel Is passed through,
Whence the light is risen; Salvation has been found.

Therefore, let our assembly Now sing in brightness
Let it bless the Lord: Salvation to our King.

Closing: (Isaiah 35:3-4)

Strengthen those who have tired hands, and encourage those who have weak knees.
Say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, and do not fear,
for your God is coming to destroy your enemies.
He is coming to save you.”


+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.