The presence of the Lord “in your midst” in the wonder of the holy supper is cause for singing. The nearness of the Lord in prayer, in every circumstance, is cause for rejoicing. The coming of one “more powerful” than John, even with his winnowing fork in his hand, is good news — and cause for exultation — for us who are being saved. Great joy is the tone for the third Sunday of Advent.
Stir up the wills of your faithful people, Lord God, and open our ears to
the preaching of John, that, rejoicing in your salvation, we may bring forth the fruits of repentance; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
This Weeks ReadingsDecember 16, 2018 - Third Sunday of Advent