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December 18, 2022 Worship Readings

4TH SUNDAY OF ADVENT: LOVE


1st Voice: today is the fourth Sunday of Advent - the Sunday of Love.


2nd Voice: Jesus shows us God s perfect love. He is God s perfect love in human form. Those who believe in him and live in him. Live in love. Love transforms and perfects all things. It never ends.


3rd Voice: We light this candle today to remind us that God is love. We Thank God for hope he give us, for the peace he bestows. For the joy he pours into our hearts, and for the love that Redeems us and shows us the way.


LIGHT ALL FOUR CANDLES ON THE WREATH AND PUT THE LOVE PIECE ON THE BANNER.


4th Voice: LET US PRAY TOGETHER {the prayer will be on the power Point on the wall)


O God of Love, Emmanuel, send your light into our hearts at this time. Help us to be ready for the time of Christ's appearing. Grant that we may so dwell in him that his perfect love fills our entire being. Make our worship a time in which we celebrate your love and are made ready to show that love to the whole world - both today and forevermore. Amen.


First Reading: Isaiah 7:10-16

An Israelite and Aramean military coalition presented a serious threat to King Ahaz of Judah. In response, Ahaz decided to secure his throne and kingdom by seeking Assyrian help. Isaiah reminds Ahaz that human attempts to establish security will fail. The prophet gives the sign that is the only source of true safety: Immanuel, God is with us!


10The Lord spoke to Ahaz, saying, 11Ask a sign of the Lord your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven. 12But Ahaz said, I will not ask, and I will not put the Lord to the test. 13Then Isaiah said: “Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary mortals, that you weary my God also? 14Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel. 15He shall eat curds and honey by the time he knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good. 16For before the child knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good, the land before whose two kings you are in dread will be deserted.”


Psalm: Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19

Let your face shine upon us, and we shall be saved. (Ps. 80:7)


 1Hear, O Shepherd of Israel, leading Joseph | like a flock;

  shine forth, you that are enthroned up- | on the cherubim.

 2In the presence of Ephraim, Benjamin, | and Manasseh,

  stir up your strength and | come to help us.

 3Restore | us, O God;

  let your face shine upon us, and we | shall be saved.

 4O Lord| God of hosts,

  how long will your anger fume when your | people pray? R

 5You have fed them with the | bread of tears;

  you have given them bowls of | tears to drink.

 6You have made us the derision | of our neighbors,

  and our enemies laugh | us to scorn.

 7Restore us, O | God of hosts;

  let your face shine upon us, and we | shall be saved.

 17Let your hand be upon the one at | your right hand,

  the one you have made so strong | for yourself.

 18And so will we never turn a- | way from you;

  give us life, that we may call up- | on your name.

 19Restore us, O Lord| God of hosts;

  let your face shine upon us, and we | shall be saved. R


Second Reading: Romans 1:1-7

Most of the Christians in Rome do not know Paul. In this letter’s opening he introduces himself as an apostle divinely appointed to spread God’s gospel. The gospel’s content is the promised coming of Christ, and Paul’s mission is to bring about the obedience of faith among all nations, including his Roman audience.


1Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, 2which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy scriptures, 3the gospel concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh 4and was declared to be Son of God with power according to the spirit of holiness by resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, 5through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles for the sake of his name, 6including yourselves who are called to belong to Jesus Christ,

 7To all God’s beloved in Rome, who are called to be saints:

  Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.


Gospel: Matthew 1:18-25

Matthew’s story of Jesus’ birth focuses on the role of Joseph, who adopts the divinely-begotten child into the family of David and obediently gives him the name Jesus, which means “God saves.”


18Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. 20But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet:

 23“Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,

  and they shall name him Emmanuel,”

which means, “God is with us.”24When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife, 25but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son; and he named him Jesus.

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