Rejoice Always!

Week of Sunday, December 17
Third Sunday of Advent

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“Rejoice always,” begins the reading from First Thessalonians. Isaiah and the psalmist make clear that God is turning our mourning into laughter and shouts of joy. “All God’s children got a robe,” go the words of the spiritual. It is not so much a stately, formal, pressed outfit as it is a set of party clothes, clothes that make us feel happy just to put on. We receive that robe in baptism, and in worship we gather for a foretaste of God’s party.

Readings and Psalms
Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11
Righteousness and praise flourish like a garden
Psalm 126
The Lord has done great things for us. (Ps. 126:3)
1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
Kept in faith until the coming of Christ
John 1:6-8, 19-28
A witness to the light