The Collect: Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Old Testament: Isaiah 11:1-10 read from The Revised Standard Version Bible
Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 read from The Episcopal Church Book of Common Prayer
Epistle: Romans 15:4-13 read from the American Standard Version Bible
Gospel: Matthew 3:1-12 read from the Douary-Rheims Bible
Closing Prayer: On December 10th we remember Karl Barth Pastor and Theologian. Read from A Great Cloud of Witnesses.