Note: COCU relates to a way of coding for the lectionary year.
Isaiah 61: 1-4, 8-11
God’s Spirit is on God’s servant to proclaim freedom, healing and liberation. God’s loves justice, and God’s servant is filled with joy, like a bridegroom dressed in his suit, for God will reward God’s people and make a covenant with them.
Joy at God’s restoration of God’s people to Jerusalem, and a plea for God to prosper God’s people, with hope for the joy that will come.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
An exhortation to live with joy, prayer and integrity until Christ returns.
John 1:6-8, 19-28
John, the fulfilment of Isaiah’s prophecy of the voice in the wilderness, promises that he is not the Messiah, but that the Messiah is right there and about to appear.
(RCL readings summary by John van de Laar, Sacredise)
General Advent resources here.
Come, let us use our voices to praise the Lord.
Our mouths will shout forth praise.
Let us use our minds to ponder the wondrous deeds of God.
We will call to mind God’s mighty acts.
With all of our strength and being, let us worship the Lord of love.
We will worship from our depths. Our souls exult in God!
(Source: Life in Liturgy)
Rev David MacGregor, Together to Celebrate, Advent 3B
O Come O Come Emmanuel (Susan Wickham)