The Reverend Dr Michael Hull, Assistant Priest
Les Shankland, Director of Music
THIRD SUNDAY IN ADVENT 2020
O Lord Jesu Christ, who at thy first coming didst send thy messenger to prepare thy way before thee: Grant that the ministers and stewards of thy mysteries may likewise so prepare and make ready thy way, by turning the hearts of the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, that at thy second coming to judge the world we may be found an acceptable people in thy sight, who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end. Amen.
Almighty God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon
us the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious Majesty, to judge both the quick and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, now and ever. Amen.
1 Corinthians 4.1-5
Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.
Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.
But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man’s judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self.
For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord.
Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.
Psalm 80. Qui regis Israel.
HEAR, O thou Shepherd of Israel, thou that leadest Joseph like a sheep: show thyself also, thou that sittest upon the Cherubim
2 Before Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh: stir up thy strength, and come and help us.
3 Turn us again, O God: show the light of thy countenance, and we shall be whole.
4 O LORD God of hosts: how long wilt thou be angry with thy people that prayeth?
5 Thou feedest them with the bread of tears: and givest them plenteousness of tears to drink.
6 Thou hast made us a very strife unto our neighbours: and our enemies laugh us to scorn.
7 Turn us again, thou God of hosts: show the light of thy countenance, and we shall be whole
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son: and to the Holy Ghost
as it was in the beginning is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen
St. Matthew 11.2-10
Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples,
And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?
Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see:
The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.
And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.
And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind?
But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses.
But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet.
For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.