December 19 – 4th Sunday of Advent

Scripture for December 19, 2021 – Fourth Sunday of Advent


Cradle and cross are inextricably connected on the fourth Sunday of Advent. Between a lovely tribute to the little town of Bethlehem and Mary’s magnificent song of praise, the letter to the Hebrews reminds us in no uncertain terms that Christ’s advent is for “the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” It is the kind of tension in which the church always lives as when in holy communion— with high delight— “we proclaim the Lord’s death.”

Prayer of the Day

Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and come. With your abundant grace and might, free us from the sin that binds us, that we may receive you in joy and serve you always, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Theme for the Season of Advent/Christmas

Your Light Shines in the Darkness

As a new liturgical year begins with the season of Advent, we are surrounded by lights. Each year, it seems like Christmas decorations and light displays show up earlier in our neighborhoods. Candles, stars, and cozy fireplaces all take on special meanings at this time of year.

As we journey through the season of Advent, we can see how the smallest light, even the promise of light, shines brightest when the darkness surrounds us. We prepare our hearts and our homes for the coming Light of the World, the promised Savior and King. We look forward, not only to the coming Christmas celebrations, but to the arrival of the long-awaited King of Kings. We ask God to help us prepare the way for God’s Kingdom on earth.

When Christmas arrives, Jesus, the Light of the World, shines brightly over our lives and within our hearts. The light of God is within every person, and we are at our best when we find God’s light within one another and shine that light for others. Kindness, peace, and grace wash over us like the light of the Morning Star. When we share the light of Christ with others, our own light grows no dimmer, but God’s light shines all the brighter in our world.