Advent 3 The Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ Brings True Rejoicing, Even Under the Cross Is. 35:1-10; James 5:7-11; Matt. 11:2-15; Psalm 146
Advent 3 (15 December 2013) Isaiah 35:110 James 5:711 Matthew 11:215 The Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ Brings True Rejoicing, Even Under the Cross Sometimes life requires the astonishing patience of Job. Like him, we are to rejoice in the midst of affliction, be grounded in repentance under the cross of Christ and hope relentlessly in His resurrection, that we might see the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful (James 5:11). Therefore, in the promise of the Gospel, be patient and establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand (James 5:8). Like John the Baptist, whatever your own kind of prison or suffering may be, call upon Jesus and receive the strength of His Word from those He sends to you. For as the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up (Matt. 11:5), so is the Good News of Jesus preached to you also. He comes and restores the fortunes of Zion, His holy Church, so that sorrow and sighing shall flee away (Is. 35:10).
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Use your prayer notes. Use a verse from the bible to reflect on. Pray about how the cross brings rejoicing. P raise R epentance A ppreciation Y ou E veryone R esolve In peace, let us pray to the Lord: fathers, especially Matthew, our Lord, have mercy. Synod president; ______, our district president; ________, our For a proper faith that trusts in circuit counselor; and Jesus for forgiveness and believes _______, our pastor, that they Him to be the promised Christ, let might be encouraged to declare us pray to the Lord: Lord, have the goodness of God to us For mercy. our civil servants, especially Congress; our justices and judges; For right preparation for the Barack, our president; Lords return, that we might ______, our governor; remain steadfast until that day _______, our mayor; and all in positions of secular authority, that For this congregation, that she they might execute would continue to be a place justice, protecting the innocent where the Gospel is rightly and punishing wrongdoers proclaimed and the Sacraments correctly administered for the life and salvation of Gods people and that she might be an instrument of Gods mercy to her neighbors For our spiritual
Use your prayer notes. Use a verse from the bible to reflect on. Pray about how the cross brings rejoicing. P raise R epentance A ppreciation Y ou E veryone R esolve For any who suffer, [especially _______________,] that they might find hope in the Lord who gave sight to the blind, made the lame walk, cleansed the lepers and raised the dead For those who receive the body and blood of Jesus in the Holy Supper this day, that they would eat and drink confident of the Lords power to save These things and whatever else You know that we need, kind Father, grant us For those in economic for the sake of Your distress, the hungry, the beloved Son, Jesus homeless, the unemployed Christ, who lives and or underemployed, and reigns with You and the any less fortunate, that Holy Spirit, one God, now God would grant them and forever. Amen. relief in distress and courage in anxiety
1 Hark! A thrilling voice is sounding! "Christ is near," we hear it say. "Cast away the works of darkness, All you children of the day!" 2 Startled at the solemn warning, Let the earth-bound soul arise; Christ, its sun, all sloth dispelling, Shines upon the morning skies. 3 See, the Lamb, so long expected, Comes with pardon down from heav'n. Let us haste, with tears of sorrow, One and all, to be forgiv'n; 4 So, when next He comes in glory And the world is wrapped in fear, He will shield us with His mercy And with words of love draw near. 5 Honor, glory, might, dominion to the Father and the Son With the ever-living Spirit While eternal ages run!
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Isaiah 35:1-10 The Ransomed Shall Return 35 The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad; the desert shall rejoice and blossom like the crocus; 2 it shall blossom abundantly and rejoice with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of Carmel andSharon. They shall see the glory of theLORD, the majesty of our God. 3 Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. 4 Say to those who have an anxious heart, Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you. 5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; 6 then shall the lame man leap like a deer, and the tongue of the mute sing for joy. For waters break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert; 7 the burning sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water; in the haunt of jackals, where they lie down, the grass shall become reeds and rushes. 8 And a highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Way of Holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it. It shall belong to those who walk on the way; even if they are fools, they shall not go astray.[a] 9 No lion shall be there, nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it; they shall not be found there, but the redeemed shall walk there. 10 And the ransomed of the LORDshall return and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
James 5:7-11 Judge is standing at the Patience in Suffering door. 10 As an example of 7 Be patient, therefore, suffering and patience, brothers,[a] until the coming brothers, takethe prophets of the Lord. See how the who spoke in the name of farmer waits for the precious the Lord. 11 Behold, we fruit of the earth, being consider those blessed who patient about it, until it remained steadfast. You receives the early and the have heard of the late rains.8 You also, be steadfastness of Job, and you patient. Establish your have seen the purpose of the hearts, for the coming of the Lord, how the Lord is Lord is at hand. 9 Do not compassionate and merciful. grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the
Matthew 11:2-15 Behold, I send my messenger before 2 Now when John heard in prison about your face, the deeds of the Christ, he sent word who will prepare your way before 3 and said to him, Are you. byhis disciples 11 Truly, I say to you, among those born youthe one who is to come, or shall we look for another? 4 And Jesus of women there has arisen no one answered them, Go and tell John what greater than John the Baptist. Yet the you hear and see: 5 the blind receive one who is least in the kingdom of their sight and the lame heaven is greater than he. 12 From the walk, lepers[a] are cleansed and the deaf days of John the Baptist until now the hear, and the dead are raised up, and the kingdom of heaven has suffered poor have good news preached to violence,[d] and the violent take it by them. 6 And blessed is the one who is force. 13 For all the Prophets and the not offended by me. Law prophesied until John, 14 and if you 7 As they went away, Jesus began to are willing to accept it, he is Elijah who speak to the crowds concerning is to come. 15 He who has ears to John:What did you go out into the hear,[e] let him hear. wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? 8 What then did you go out to see? A man[b] dressed in soft clothing? Behold, those who wear soft clothing are in kings' houses. 9 What then did you go out to see? A prophet?[c] Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.10 This is he of whom it is written,
7 Psalm 146 who executes justice for the Put Not Your Trust in Princes oppressed, 146 Praise the LORD! who gives food to the hungry. Praise the LORD, O my soul! The LORD sets the prisoners free; 2 I will praise the LORD as long 8 the LORD opens the eyes of as I live; the blind. I will sing praises to my God The LORD lifts up those who are while I have my being. bowed down; 3 Put not your trust in princes, the LORD loves the righteous. in a son of man, in whom there9 The LORD watches over the is no salvation. sojourners; 4 When his breath departs, he he upholds the widow and the returns to the earth; fatherless, on that very day his plans but the way of the wicked he perish. brings to ruin. 5 Blessed is he whose help is the 10 The LORD will reign forever, God of Jacob, your God, O Zion, to all whose hope is in the LORD his generations. God, Praise the LORD! 6 who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, who keeps faith forever;
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