Old Testament: Isaiah 35:1-10
Psalter: Psalm 146:5-10 or Luke 1:46b-55
Epistle: James 5:7-10
Gospel: Matthew 11:2-11
O God of Isaiah and John the Baptist, through all such faithful ones you proclaim the unfolding of future joy and renewed life. Strengthen our hearts to believe your advent promise that one day we will walk in the holy way of Christ, where sorrow and sighing will be no more and the journey of God's people will be joy. Amen.