The fourth Sunday in Advent is December 18, 2011.
Free Church Book of Common Prayer (1929)
Fourth Sunday in Advent
O Lord, raise up (we pray thee) thy power and come among us, and with great might succour us; that whereas, through our sings and wickedness, we are sore left and hindered in running the race that is set before us, thy bountiful grace and mercy may speedily help and deliver us; through the satisfaction of thy Son our Lord, to whom with thee and the Holy Ghost be honour and glory, world without end. Amen.
The Preparation of John the Baptist (p. 173).
Epistle: Phil. iv, 4-7 or Is. xl. 1-11.
Gospel: John i, 19-28.
Almighty God, by whose providence thy servant John Baptist, was wonderfully born, and sent to prepare the way of thy Son our Saviour, by preaching of repentance; make us so to follow his doctrine and holy life, that we may truly repent according to his preaching; and after his example constantly speak the truth, boldly rebuke vice, and patiently suffer for the truth’s sake; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
For Epistle: Is. xl. 1-11
Gospel: Luke i, 57-80 (end)
A book of prayer for the church and the home (Universalist, 1866)
John the Baptist
Almighty God, by whose gracious providence thy servant John the Baptist was sent to prepare the way of thy Son, our Saviour, by by preaching repentance; make us so to follow his doctrine and holy life, that we may truly repent according to his preaching; and, after his example, constantly speak the truth, boldly rebuke vice, and patiently suffer for conscience’ sake. Amen.
Gospel, St. John i. 19.
Epistle, Phil. iv. 4.