Epistle: Philippians 4:4-7
Gospel: Luke 3:7-18
God of hope, you call us home from the exile of selfish oppression to
the freedom of justice, the balm of healing, and the joy of sharing. Make us strong to join you in your holy work, as friends of strangers
and victims, companions of those whom others shun, and as the happiness
of those whose hearts are broken. We make our prayer through Jesus Christ
our Lord. Amen.