Notable Feast Days this Week:

December 9 - Conception of the Theotokos (Eastern)
December 10 - Eulalia of Merida, 304
December 11 - Daniel the Stylite, 493
December 12 - Finnian, Bishop of Clonard, 549
December 12 - Our Lady of Guadalupe, 1531 (Roman Catholic)
December 13 - Herman of Alaska, 1837 (Eastern)
December 14 - John of the Cross (Lutheran / Roman Catholic)
December 15 - Stephen of Sourozh, 760

Revised Common Lectionary

Isaiah 35:1-10
Psalm 146:5-10
James 5:7-10
Matthew 11:2-11

Daily Readings (RCL)
Liturgical Color - Purple/Blue

----- Third Sunday of Advent ----- December 15, 2019 (Year A)
Dawning Light of Our Salvation
God is faithful to execute justice on behalf of the humble and oppressed (Psalm 146:5-10 & Luke 1:46b-65). Even in the wilderness, those who hope in the Lord can be strong and celebrate the future return of Jesus (Isaiah 35:1-10). We wait patiently for the time of his reappearance knowing that the coming of the Lord is near. Suffer well and encourage one another (James 5:7-10). The dawning light of our salvation has already appeared through Jesus Christ. His first coming assures his people of their final victory (Matthew 11:2-11).  
Expectant Joy
The Third Sunday of Advent focuses on the joy of coming redemption. It is traditionally called Gaudete Sunday, a day that, "...takes its common name from the Latin word Gaudete ("Rejoice"). Throughout Scripture, God's people are reminded to take joy in the midst of waiting and to remember what God has done in the past:
"Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. Let your forbearance be known to all, for the Lord is near at hand; have no anxiety about anything, but in all things, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God. Lord, you have blessed your land; you have turned away the captivity of Jacob (Phil. 4:4–6; Ps. 84:1)."
Advent Quotes
"The Advent season is a season of waiting, but our whole life is an Advent season, that is, a season of waiting for the last Advent, for the time when there will be a new heaven and a new earth ... We can, and should also, celebrate Christmas despite the ruins around us … I think of you as you now sit together with the children and with all the Advent decorations — as in earlier years you did with us. We must do all this, even more intensively because we do not know how much longer we have." 

-Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letter to Bonhoeffer’s parents, Nov. 29, 1943, written from Tegel prison camp

"Celebrating Advent means being able to wait. Waiting is an art that our impatient age has forgotten. It wants to break open the ripe fruit when it has hardly finished planting the shoot. But all too often the greedy eyes are only deceived; the fruit that seemed so precious is still green on the inside, and disrespectful hands ungratefully toss aside what has so disappointed them. Whoever does not know the austere blessedness of waiting—that is, of hopefully doing without—will never experience the full blessing of fulfillment. Those who do not know how it feels to struggle anxiously with the deepest questions of life, of their life, and to patiently look forward with anticipation until the truth is revealed, cannot even dream of the splendor of the moment in which clarity is illuminated for them...For the greatest, most profound, tenderest things in the world, we must wait. It happens not here in a storm but according to the divine laws of sprouting, growing, and becoming."

-Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letter to fiancée Maria von Wedemeyer from prison, Dec. 13, 1943
Advent Resources
Advent Devotionals
Daily Advent Readings
The Ethiopian Churches of Lalibella
"We tell the people that God became human and a human became God. Because of Christ, we went from being punished by God to being his children again. Christmas is the day that forgiveness was born." -Tsigie Selassie Mezgebu
Psalm of the Week
Scripture Readings

Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God...He is the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them—he remains faithful forever.

Commentary on Psalm 72
John Paul II

Psalm 146, Isaiah 35,
James 5, Matthew 11

Spotify Playlist
Psalm 146

Isaiah 35:1-10
The desert blooms

James 5:7-10
Patience in suffering
until the coming of the Lord

Matthew 11:2-11
John the Baptist prepares the way
Daily Readings
Revised Common Lectionary

Daily Readings
Book of Common Prayer

Bible in a Year
Lectionary Resources
Collect for the Third Week of Advent 
Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.
-from The Book of Common Prayer
Singing Psalms and Hymns
Hymn Suggestions for the Third Week of Advent from 

Singing Scripture: Suggestions for singing the readings for Advent and Christmas 

Hymns related to Psalm 146 from

CCLI Contemporary Liturgy Song Select 

Dawning Light of Our Salvation | by Wendell Kimbrough & Bruce Benedict | Chords

Advent Hymn (The Lord Has Come to Dwell) | by Sarah Majorins | Leadsheet | Capo 

The Beauty to Come | Advent album by Nathan Partain

I Will Sing Praises (Psalm 146) | by Kaitlyn Ferry and Brian T. Murphy | Leadsheet 

In the Bleak Midwinter | Arranged by Keith and Christine Getty | Leadsheets

Creator of the Stars of Night | Latin Plainchant for Advent

He Has Done Great Things (Magnificat) | by Philip Majorins | Leadsheet | Capo

Advent Gloria | by Bobby Krier (Castle Island Hymns) | Leadsheet 

Psalm 146 Refrain | from The Emergent Psalter Leadsheet

Psalm 146 | Metrical Options

Free Psalm 146 Choral Scores
Music for Listening
Thematic Art 
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