Fourth Sunday of Advent
The Heralded Message:
Advent season celebrates Family
Mother, Father, Son and child.
Marriage and engagement
The work of the Spirit
We are awakened to a Son
“God is with us”
God of Joseph and Mary:
fulfil Joseph’s dream and make us heralds of your salvation;
through Jesus Christ, our Emmanuel, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and ever. Amen
READING Isaiah 7: 10-16
10 The Lord sent another message to Ahaz:
11 “Ask the Lord your God to give you a sign. It can be from deep in the world of the dead or from high up in heaven.”
12 Ahaz answered, “I will not ask for a sign. I refuse to put the Lord to the test.”
13 To that Isaiah replied, “Listen, now, descendants of King David. It’s bad enough for you to wear out the patience of people—do you have to wear out God’s patience too?
14 Well then, the Lord himself will give you a sign: a young woman who is pregnant will have a son and will name him ‘Immanuel.’
READING Romans 1: 1-7
From Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus and an apostle chosen and called by God to preach his Good News.
2 The Good News was promised long ago by God through his prophets, as written in the Holy Scriptures.
3 It is about his Son, our Lord Jesus Christ: as to his humanity, he was born a descendant of David;
4 as to his divine holiness, he was shown with great power to be the Son of God by being raised from death.
5 Through him God gave me the privilege of being an apostle for the sake of Christ, in order to lead people of all nations to believe and obey.
6 This also includes you who are in Rome, whom God has called to belong to Jesus Christ.
GOSPEL according to Matthew 1: 18-25
19 Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly.
20 But 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.
21 She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”
22 All 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.”
PRAYER for Africa
God, refresh Africa and all the world,
Protect and grow our children.
Convict with justice and truth, all our leaders
And fill all hearts with your peace.
For Jesus Christ sake. Amen.
BENEDICTION & COMMISSIONING/SENDING
May God the Father, judge all-merciful, make us worthy of a place in his kingdom.
May God the Son, coming among us in power, reveal in our midst the promise of his glory.
May God the Holy Spirit make us steadfast in faith, joyful in hope and constant in love.