December 7th, 2018

Ambrose of Milan, Pastor and Hymnwriter

First Reading: Is. 24:1-13

The LORD's Devastation of the Earth
 1 See, the LORD is going to lay waste the earth
       and devastate it;
       he will ruin its face
       and scatter its inhabitants-

 2 it will be the same
       for priest as for people,
       for master as for servant,
       for mistress as for maid,
       for seller as for buyer,
       for borrower as for lender,
       for debtor as for creditor.

 3 The earth will be completely laid waste
       and totally plundered.
       The LORD has spoken this word.

 4 The earth dries up and withers,
       the world languishes and withers,
       the exalted of the earth languish.

 5 The earth is defiled by its people;
       they have disobeyed the laws,
       violated the statutes
       and broken the everlasting covenant.

 6 Therefore a curse consumes the earth;
       its people must bear their guilt.
       Therefore earth's inhabitants are burned up,
       and very few are left.

 7 The new wine dries up and the vine withers;
       all the merrymakers groan.

 8 The gaiety of the tambourines is stilled,
       the noise of the revelers has stopped,
       the joyful harp is silent.

 9 No longer do they drink wine with a song;
       the beer is bitter to its drinkers.

 10 The ruined city lies desolate;
       the entrance to every house is barred.

 11 In the streets they cry out for wine;
       all joy turns to gloom,
       all gaiety is banished from the earth.

 12 The city is left in ruins,
       its gate is battered to pieces.

 13 So will it be on the earth
       and among the nations,
       as when an olive tree is beaten,
       or as when gleanings are left after the grape harvest.

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

The Word of Life
 1That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. 2The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. 3We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. 4We write this to make our[a] joy complete.
Walking in the light
 5This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 6If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. 7But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all[b] sin.

 8If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.

 1My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. 2He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for[c] the sins of the whole world.

 3We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. 4The man who says, "I know him," but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5But if anyone obeys his word, God's love[d] is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: 6Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.

 7Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning. This old command is the message you have heard. 8Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining.

 9Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness. 10Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him[e] to make him stumble. 11But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness; he does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded him.
 12I write to you, dear children,
      because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name.
 13I write to you, fathers,
      because you have known him who is from the beginning.
   I write to you, young men,
      because you have overcome the evil one.
   I write to you, dear children,
      because you have known the Father.
 14I write to you, fathers,
      because you have known him who is from the beginning.
   I write to you, young men,
      because you are strong,
      and the word of God lives in you,
      and you have overcome the evil one.

Footnotes:1 John 1:4 Some manuscripts your 1 John 1:7 Or every 1 John 2:2 Or He is the one who turns aside God's wrath, taking away our sins, and not only ours but also 1 John 2:5 Or word, love for God 1 John 2:10 Or it


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