The Gospel Notes for the Fourth Sunday of Advent from the Lutheran Service Book’s One-Year Lectionary is now available. It is available in two versions this year — to cover the alternate reading.
You may download the notes for John 19: 1-28 as the Color PDF, the Black and White PDF, the Bi-Fold Color PDF, the Bi-Fold Black and White PDF, the Legal Half-Page PDF, or the Legal Black and White PDF.
You may download the notes for Luke 1:39-56 as the Color PDF, the Black and White PDF, the Bi-Fold Color PDF, the Bi-Fold Black and White PDF, the Legal Half-Page PDF, or the Legal Black and White PDF.
The bi-fold version is a “booklet form” that folds and inserts nicely inside a standard bulletin. The standard version can be printed double-sided on a 8½ x 11″ sheet, and folded for distribution through bulletins, or put on the narthex table for distribution.
The Legal Half-Page is designed for those parishes who already have the readings in their bulletins, this lets you print these notes on a legal (8½ x 14″) sheet, cut it in half, and insert it in your bulletins. It removes the left column from the other formats, and makes it so one double-sided sheet can be inserted.
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The Fourth Sunday of Advent in the Church Year
Shower, O Heavens
by: Rev. Roberto E. Rojas, Jr.
Alternate reading by: Rev. Gerhard Grabenhofer
The information for the John readings —
Collect of the Day:
Stir up Your power, O Lord, and come and help us by Your might, that the sins which weigh us down may be quickly lifted by Your grace and mercy; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Psalm 19:1, 4-6 (antiphon: Isaiah 45:8a) — The Law of the Lord Is Perfect
Psalm 111 (antiphon: v. 9) — Shower, O Heavens, from Above
Old Testament Reading:
Deuteronomy 18:15-19 — A New Prophet like Moses
Psalm 145: 18, 21 — Great is the Lord
Philippians 4:4-7 — Rejoice in the Lord Always
Ps. 40:17b — You are my help an my deliverer; do not delay, O my God!
Author and Date:
John the Apostle around AD 90. This is the Testimony of John the Baptist concerning Jesus the Christ (John 1:19-28).
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The posting for Advent 2 2015 can be found here