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FIRST READING Zephaniah 3.14–20
A reading from the book of the prophet Zephaniah.
Sing aloud, O daughter Zion; shout, O Israel!
Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter Jerusalem! The LORD has taken away the judgements against you, he has turned away your enemies. The king of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst; you shall fear disaster no more. On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem:
Do not fear, O Zion; do not let your hands grow weak.The LORD, your God, is in your midst, a warrior who gives victory; he will rejoice over you with gladness, he will renew you in his love; he will exult over you with loud singing as on a day of festival.
I will remove disaster from you, so that you will not bear reproach for it. I will deal with all your oppressors at that time. And I will save the lame and gather the outcast, and I will change their shame into praise and renown in all the earth. At that time I will bring you home, at the time when I gather you; for I will make you renowned and praised among all the peoples of the earth, when I restore your fortunes before your eyes, says the LORD.
This is the Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God
RESPONSORIAL READING from Isaiah 12
R. Sing and shout for joy
for great in your midst is the holy one of Israel.
1.Truly, God is my salvation,/ I trust I shall not fear.
For the Lord is my strength, my song,
he became my saviour.
With joy you will draw water/from the wells of salvation.(R.)
2. Give thanks to the Lord, give praise to his name!
make his mighty deeds known to the peoples!
Declare the greatness of his name. (R.)
3. Sing a psalm to the Lord/ for he has done glorious deeds,
make them known to all the earth!
People of Zion, sing and shout for joy
for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.(R.)
SECOND READING Philippians 4.4–7
A reading from the letter of Paul to the Philippians.
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone.The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
This is the Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
GOSPEL Luke 3.7–18
Hear the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke. Glory to you, O Lord.
John said to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, ‘You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruits worthy of repentance. Do not begin to say to yourselves, “We have Abraham as our ancestor”; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham. Even now the axe is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.’
And the crowds asked him, ‘What then should we do?’ In reply he said to them, ‘Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.’ Even tax-collectors came to be baptized, and they asked him, ‘Teacher, what should we do?’ He said to them, ‘Collect no more than the amount prescribed for you.’ Soldiers also asked him, ‘And we, what should we do?’ He said to them, ‘Do not extort money from anyone by threats or false accusation, and be satisfied with your wages.’
As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, John answered all of them by saying, ‘I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing-fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing-floor and to gather the wheat into his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.’ So, with many other exhortations, he proclaimed the good news to the people.
This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
ROSTER FOR READERS
[SUNDAY ie date and season
Readers ie first and then second (only one reader for family service on last Sunday of the month.)
Intercessions ie name
3rd before Advent
2nd before Advent
Sandra St K
Christ the King
28 November (family)
Ron B Snelling
Christmas Eve Time tbc
Carole M Evans
Christmas Day 10am
Sandra St L K
26 December (family)
Carole M Evans
30 January (family)
Sandra St L K
4th before Lent
3rd before Lent
2nd before Lent
27 February (family)
Next before Lent
2 March 7pm tbc
Carole M Evans
27th March (family)
Palm Sunday Veronica Folie
Plus readers for the Passion Liz
15 April 12noon tbc
Plus readers for the Passion
Sandra St K to read Good Friday intercession
Easter Day Emelia Nortey
Carole M-Evans Vena
24 April (family)
Feast of Dedication