13 December 2020
Bible readings for today
you show us the joy of life,
we rejoice in this season of Advent.
In the watching and waiting
prepare us to receive the gift of your Son,
who is alive and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever. Amen.
Our te reo word for the week is koa, which means joy.
Advent worship resource
An amazing collection of Intergenerational Christmas Service ideas from the Uniting Church in Australia (South Australia), particularly useful for those following the lectionary readings this Advent. The resource can be found on this website or by clicking on the image below
If your congregation uses a pink candle in its Advent wreath, then you could explain that today is Gaudete Sunday.
Make the link to the theme of the day ‘Joy’, and to the Maori word of the day.
These verses talk about John the Baptist, and the description he gives to the Jewish leaders as to who he is. When questioned if he was a prophet, or Elijah, he tells them that while he baptises people with water, he will not be worthy to baptise the One who is coming.