First Lutheran Church of the Trinity
Sunday December 13, 2020
Third Sunday of Advent
“Rejoice always,” begins the reading from 1 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 a spiritual. It is not so much a stately, formal, pressed outfit as it is a set of party clothes, clothes we are happy to wear. We receive that robe in baptism, and in worship we gather for a foretaste of God’s party.
Readings and Psalm
Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11
Righteousness and praise flourish like a garden
The Lord has done great things for us. (Ps. 126:3)
Luke 1:46b-55 (alternate)
You, Lord, have lifted up the lowly. (Lk. 1:52)
1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
Kept in faith until the coming of Christ
John 1:6-8, 19-28
A witness to the light
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