December 7th, 2018

Ambrose of Milan, Pastor and Hymnwriter


First Reading: Is. 24:1-13


Judgment on the Earth
 1Behold, the LORD (A)lays the earth waste, devastates it, distorts its surface and scatters its inhabitants.

 2And the people will be like the priest, the servant like his master, the maid like her mistress, the buyer like the seller, the lender like the borrower, the (B)creditor like the debtor.

 3The earth will be completely laid waste and completely despoiled, for the LORD has spoken this word.

 4The (C)earth mourns and withers, the world fades and withers, the (D)exalted of the people of the earth fade away.

 5The earth is also (E)polluted by its inhabitants, for they transgressed laws, violated statutes, (F)broke the everlasting covenant.

 6Therefore, a (G)curse devours the earth, and those who live in it are held guilty Therefore, the (H)inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men are left.
    7The (I)new wine mourns,
         The vine decays,
         All the merry-hearted sigh.
    8The (J)gaiety of tambourines ceases,
         The noise of revelers stops,
         The gaiety of the harp ceases.
    9They do not drink wine with song;
         (K)Strong drink is (L)bitter to those who drink it.
    10The (M)city of chaos is broken down;
         (N)Every house is shut up so that none may enter.
    11There is an (O)outcry in the streets concerning the wine;
         (P)All joy turns to gloom.
         The gaiety of the earth is banished.
    12Desolation is left in the city
         And the (Q)gate is battered to ruins.
    13For (R)thus it will be in the midst of the earth among the peoples,
         As the shaking of an olive tree,
         As the gleanings when the grape harvest is over.

Cross references:Isaiah 24:1 : Is 2:19; 13:13; 24:19, 20; 30:32; 33:9 Isaiah 24:2 : Lev 25:36, 37; Deut 23:19, 20 Isaiah 24:4 : Is 33:9 Isaiah 24:4 : Is 2:12; 24:21 Isaiah 24:5 : Gen 3:17; Num 35:33; Is 9:17; 10:6 Isaiah 24:5 : Is 33:8 Isaiah 24:6 : Josh 23:15; Is 34:5; 43:28; Zech 5:3, 4 Isaiah 24:6 : Is 1:31; 5:24; 9:19 Isaiah 24:7 : Is 16:10; Joel 1:10, 12 Isaiah 24:8 : Is 5:12, 14; Ezek 26:13; Hos 2:11; Rev 18:22 Isaiah 24:9 : Is 5:11, 22 Isaiah 24:9 : Is 5:20 Isaiah 24:10 : Is 34:11 Isaiah 24:10 : Is 23:1 Isaiah 24:11 : Jer 14:2; 46:12 Isaiah 24:11 : Is 16:10; 32:13 Isaiah 24:12 : Is 14:31; 45:2 Isaiah 24:13 : Is 17:6; 27:12


Second Reading: 1 John 1:1-2:14


Introduction, The Incarnate Word
 1What was (A)from the beginning, what we have (B)heard, what we have (C)seen with our eyes, what we (D)have looked at and (E)touched with our hands, concerning the (F)Word of Life--

 2and (G)the life was manifested, and we have (H)seen and (I)testify and proclaim to you (J)the eternal life, which was (K)with the Father and was (L)manifested to us--

 3what we have (M)seen and (N)heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our (O)fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ.

 4(P)These things we write, so that our (Q)joy may be made complete.

God Is Light
 5(R)This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that (S)God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.

 6(T)If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we (U)lie and (V)do not practice the truth;

 7but if we (W)walk in the Light as (X)He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and (Y)the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.

 8(Z)If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the (AA)truth is not in us.

 9(AB)If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and (AC)to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 10(AD)If we say that we have not sinned, we (AE)make Him a liar and (AF)His word is not in us.

Christ Is Our Advocate
 1(AG)My little children, I am (AH)writing these things to you so that you may not sin And if anyone sins, (AI)we have an [a](AJ)Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous;

 2and He Himself is (AK)the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also (AL)for those of the whole world.

 3(AM)By this we know that we have come to (AN)know Him, if we (AO)keep His commandments.

 4The one who says, "(AP)I have come to (AQ)know Him," and does not keep His commandments, is a (AR)liar, and (AS)the truth is not in him;

 5but whoever (AT)keeps His word, in him the (AU)love of God has truly been perfected (AV)By this we know that we are in Him:

 6the one who says he (AW)abides in Him (AX)ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.

 7(AY)Beloved, I am (AZ)not writing a new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had (BA)from the beginning; the old commandment is the word which you have heard.

 8On the other hand, I am writing (BB)a new commandment to you, which is true in Him and in you, because (BC)the darkness is passing away and (BD)the true Light is already shining.

 9The one who says he is in the Light and yet (BE)hates his (BF)brother is in the darkness until now.

 10(BG)The one who loves his brother abides in the Light and there is no cause for stumbling in him.

 11But the one who (BH)hates his brother is in the darkness and (BI)walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going because the darkness has (BJ)blinded his eyes.

 12I am writing to you, (BK)little children, because (BL)your sins have been forgiven you for His name's sake.

 13I am writing to you, fathers, because you know Him (BM)who has been from the beginning I am writing to you, young men, because (BN)you have overcome (BO)the evil one I have written to you, children, because (BP)you know the Father.

 14I have written to you, fathers, because you know Him (BQ)who has been from the beginning I have written to you, young men, because you are (BR)strong, and the (BS)word of God abides in you, and (BT)you have overcome the evil one.

Footnotes:1 John 2:1 Gr Paracletos, one called alongside to help; or Intercessor
Cross references:1 John 1:1 : John 1:1; 1 John 2:13, 14 1 John 1:1 : Acts 4:20; 1 John 1:3 1 John 1:1 : John 19:35; 2 Pet 1:16; 1 John 1:2 1 John 1:1 : John 1:14; 1 John 4:14 1 John 1:1 : Luke 24:39; John 20:27 1 John 1:1 : John 1:1, 4 1 John 1:2 : John 1:4; 1 John 3:5, 8; 5:20 1 John 1:2 : John 19:35; 1 John 1:1 1 John 1:2 : John 15:27; 1 John 4:14 1 John 1:2 : John 10:28; 17:3; 1 John 2:25; 5:11, 13, 20 1 John 1:2 : John 1:1 1 John 1:2 : John 1:4; 1 John 3:5, 8; 5:20 1 John 1:3 : John 19:35; 2 Pet 1:16; 1 John 1:1 1 John 1:3 : Acts 4:20; 1 John 1:1 1 John 1:3 : John 17:3, 21; 1 Cor 1:9 1 John 1:4 : 1 John 2:1 1 John 1:4 : John 3:29 1 John 1:5 : John 1:19; 1 John 3:11 1 John 1:5 : 1 Tim 6:16; James 1:17 1 John 1:6 : John 8:12; 1 John 2:11 1 John 1:6 : John 8:55; 1 John 2:4; 4:20 1 John 1:6 : John 3:21 1 John 1:7 : Is 2:5 1 John 1:7 : 1 Tim 6:16 1 John 1:7 : Titus 2:14 1 John 1:8 : Job 15:14; Prov 20:9; Rom 3:10-ff; James 3:2 1 John 1:8 : John 8:44; 1 John 2:4 1 John 1:9 : Ps 32:5; Prov 28:13 1 John 1:9 : Titus 2:14 1 John 1:10 : Job 15:14 1 John 1:10 : John 3:33; 1 John 5:10 1 John 1:10 : 1 John 2:14 1 John 2:1 : John 13:33; Gal 4:19; 1 John 2:12, 28; 3:7, 18; 4:4; 5:21 1 John 2:1 : 1 John 1:4 1 John 2:1 : Rom 8:34; 1 Tim 2:5; Heb 7:25; 9:24 1 John 2:1 : John 14:16 1 John 2:2 : Rom 3:25; Heb 2:17; 1 John 4:10 1 John 2:2 : John 4:42; 11:51; 1 John 4:14 1 John 2:3 : 1 John 2:5; 3:24; 4:13; 5:2 1 John 2:3 : 1 John 2:4; 3:6; 4:7 1 John 2:3 : John 14:15; 15:10; 1 John 3:22, 24; 5:3; Rev 12:17; 14:12 1 John 2:4 : Titus 1:10 1 John 2:4 : 1 John 3:6; 4:7 1 John 2:4 : 1 John 1:6 1 John 2:4 : 1 John 1:8 1 John 2:5 : John 14:23 1 John 2:5 : 1 John 4:12 1 John 2:5 : 1 John 2:3; 3:24; 4:13; 5:2 1 John 2:6 : John 15:4 1 John 2:6 : John 13:15; 15:10; 1 Pet 2:21 1 John 2:7 : Heb 6:9; 1 John 3:2, 21; 4:1, 7, 11 1 John 2:7 : John 13:34; 1 John 3:11, 23; 4:21; 2 John 5 1 John 2:7 : 1 John 2:24; 3:11; 2 John 5, 6 1 John 2:8 : John 13:34 1 John 2:8 : Rom 13:12; Eph 5:8; 1 Thess 5:4 1 John 2:8 : John 1:9 1 John 2:9 : 1 John 2:11; 3:15; 4:20 1 John 2:9 : Acts 1:15; 1 John 3:10, 16; 4:20 1 John 2:10 : John 11:9; 1 John 2:10, 11 1 John 2:11 : 1 John 2:9; 3:15; 4:20 1 John 2:11 : John 12:35; 1 John 1:6 1 John 2:11 : 2 Cor 4:4; 2 Pet 1:9 1 John 2:12 : 1 John 2:1 1 John 2:12 : Acts 13:38; 1 Cor 6:11 1 John 2:13 : 1 John 1:1 1 John 2:13 : John 16:33; 1 John 2:14; 4:4; 5:4; Rev 2:7 1 John 2:13 : Matt 5:37; 1 John 2:14; 3:12; 5:18 1 John 2:13 : John 14:7; 1 John 2:3 1 John 2:14 : 1 John 1:1 1 John 2:14 : Eph 6:10 1 John 2:14 : John 5:38; 8:37; 1 John 1:10 1 John 2:14 : 1 John 2:13


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