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Readings for Dec. 19-20

Readings for Dec. 19-20

Bible readings for DECember 19/20

Dec. 19-20 Bulletin

the testimony

The Collect of the day:

O Lord Jesus Christ, you sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Grant that the ministers and stewards of your mysteries may likewise make ready your way, by turning the hearts of the disobedient toward the wisdom of the just, that at your second coming to judge the world, we may be found a people acceptable in your sight; for with the Father and the Holy Spirit you live and reign, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The LESSON: titus 2: 11-14

11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, 12 training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, 13 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.

The Psalm:  115: 1-11

1 Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but unto your Name give the praise, *
for your loving mercy and for your truth’s sake.

2 Why shall the nations say, *
“Where now is their God?”

3 As for our God, he is in heaven; *
he has done whatsoever pleased him.

4 Their idols are silver and gold, *
even the work of human hands.

5 They have mouths, but they speak not; *
eyes have they, but they see not.

6 They have ears, but they hear not; *
noses have they, but they smell not.

7 They have hands, but they feel not; feet have they,
but they walk not;  *
neither is there any sound in their throat.

8 Those who make them are like them, *
and so are all who put their trust in them.

9 But you, O house of Israel, trust in the Lord; *
he is their helper and defender.

10 You house of Aaron, put your trust in the Lord; *
he is their helper and defender.

11 You who fear the Lord, put your trust in the Lord; *
he is their helper and defender.

BCP 2019

The Gospel: John 3: 22-30

John the Baptist Exalts Christ

22 After this Jesus and his disciples went into the Judean countryside, and he remained there with them and was baptizing. 23 John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because water was plentiful there, and people were coming and being baptized 24 (for John had not yet been put in prison).

25 Now a discussion arose between some of John’s disciples and a Jew over purification. 26 And they came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, he who was with you across the Jordan, to whom you bore witness—look, he is baptizing, and all are going to him.” 27 John answered, “A person cannot receive even one thing unless it is given him from heaven. 28 You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, ‘I am not the Christ, but I have been sent before him.’ 29 The one who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is now complete. 30 He must increase, but I must decrease.”