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Third Sunday of Advent

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by Beth A. Richardson

Isaiah 61:1-4; 8-11

Rejoice greatly in the Lord. Proclaim God’s greatness everywhere. For God loves justice and hates wrongdoing. God binds up the brokenhearted and comforts those who despair.

I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my whole being shall exult in my God.

Proclaim liberty to the captives and release to the prisoners. Proclaim comfort to those who mourn.

I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my whole being shall exult in my God.

Proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor, God’s righteousness for the poor, the outcast, the vulnerable.

I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my whole being shall exult in my God.

Proclaim the coming of hope in a tiny baby, the birth of righteousness and peace for all the nations.

I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my whole being shall exult in my God.

Spirit of God, anoint us as messengers of your good news to all people. As we light this third candle of Advent, let us proclaim the promised coming of Christ’s righteousness through Jesus Christ.

I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my whole being shall exult in my God. Amen.

Suggested hymn: “Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates”


Beth A. Richardson has been a part of The Upper Room’s publishing ministry for more than thirty years, serving Alive Now, Weavings, and in web ministry. She is currently The Upper Room's Director of Prayer and Worship Life. She is a photographer, writer, and shares life with Jack, a very wise Scottish Terrier, and Arya, a brilliant and clever rescue dog. Follow Beth at betharichardson.org.

Credit: Advent/Christmas prayers by Beth A. Richardson. © 2011 Alive Now. Permission granted to use in corporate worship settings. From November/December 2011 Alive Now. Copyright © 2011 by The Upper Room. 

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