Quote of the Week
“Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” (Luke 1/38)
Annunciation Sunday Reading
Second Sunday of Advent (Subara) 6 December 2015
1st Reading/Isaiah 44: 1-5
A reading from Prophet Isaiah: Barikhmar
The Lord says, “Listen now, Israel, my servant, my chosen people, the descendants of Jacob. I am the Lord who created you; from the time you were born, I have helped you. Do not be afraid; you are my servant, my chosen people whom I love.“I will give water to the thirsty land and make streams flow on the dry ground. I will pour out my spirit on your children and my blessing on your descendants. They will thrive like well-watered grass, like willows by streams of running water.“One by one, people will say, ‘I am the Lord’s.’ They will come to join the people of Israel They each will mark the name of the Lord on their arms and call themselves one of God’s people.”
This is the Word of God.
Thanks be to God
2nd Reading /Colossians 4: 2-18
A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Colossians: Barekhmar.
Be persistent in prayer, and keep alert as you pray, giving thanks to God. At the same time pray also for us, so that God will give us a good opportunity to preach his message about the secret of Christ. For that is why I am now in prison. Pray, then, that I may speak, as I should, in such a way as to make it clear. Be wise in the way you act toward those who are not believers, making good use of every opportunity you have. Your speech should always be pleasant and interesting, and you should know how to give the right answer to everyone.
The grace and peace be with you all brothers. Amen.
Gospel Reading/ Luke 1: 26-38
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke
In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy God sent the angel Gabriel to a town in Galilee named Nazareth. He had a message for a young woman promised in marriage to a man named Joseph, who was a descendant of King David. Her name was Mary. The angel came to her and said, “Peace be with you! The Lord is with you and has greatly blessed you!” Mary was deeply troubled by the angel’s message, and she wondered what his words meant. The angel said to her, “Don’t be afraid, Mary; God has been gracious to you. You will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High God. The Lord God will make him a king, as his ancestor David was, and he will be the king of the descendants of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end!” Mary said to the angel, “I am a virgin. How, then, can this be?” The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and God’s power will rest upon you. For this reason the holy child will be called the Son of God. Remember your relative Elizabeth. It is said that she cannot have children, but she herself is now six months pregnant, even though she is very old. For there is nothing that God cannot do.” “I am the Lord’s servant,” said Mary; “may it happen to me as you have said.” And the angel left her.
Priest: Glory be to God for ever.
People: Glory be to Christ Our Lord.
Prayers of the faithful
Response: Come, Lord Jesus.
*For believers everywhere who wait for the Lord’s coming, that this Advent may help them prepare. We pray to the Lord
* Lord God, we ask you to look after all our youth and young ones finishing exams at schools, polytechnics and universities; let all their hard work be paid off by rewarding them with good opportunities for their future life. We also ask you to look after our families here in New Zealand and in this parish. We pray to the Lord.
*For the nations where there is war, poverty and human suffering, especially, Iraq and Syria, that their troubles may soon be a distant memory for them .Lord, hear us.