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St. Martin's Episcopal Church

Hudson, Florida

The Third Week of Advent
December 12, 2021

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Readings for The Third Week of Advent


Zephaniah 3:14-20

Sing aloud, O daughter Zion;
     shout, O Israel!
Rejoice and exult with all your heart,
     O daughter Jerusalem!
The Lord has taken away the judgments against you,
     he has turned away your enemies.
The king of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst;
     you shall fear disaster no more.
On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem:
Do not fear, O Zion;
     do not let your hands grow weak.
The Lord, your God, is in your midst,
     a warrior who gives victory;
he will rejoice over you with gladness,
     he will renew you in his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing
     as on a day of festival.
I will remove disaster from you,
     so that you will not bear reproach for it.
I will deal with all your oppressors
     at that time.
And I will save the lame
     and gather the outcast,
and I will change their shame into praise
     and renown in all the earth.
At that time I will bring you home,
     at the time when I gather you;
for I will make you renowned and praised
     among all the peoples of the earth,
when I restore your fortunes
     before your eyes, says the Lord.

The Response - Canticle 9   Page 86, BCP
The First Song of Isaiah    Ecce Deus

Isaiah 12:2-6

Surely, it is God who saves me; *
     I will trust in him and not be afraid.
For the Lord is my stronghold and my sure defense, *
     and he will be my Savior.
Therefore you shall draw water with rejoicing *
     from the springs of salvation.
And on that day you shall say, *
     Give thanks to the Lord and call upon his Name;
Make his deeds known among the peoples; *
     see that they remember that his Name is exalted.
Sing the praises of the Lord, for he has done great things, *
     and this is known in all the world.
Cry aloud, inhabitants of Zion, ring out your joy, *
     for the great one in the midst of you is the Holy One of Israel.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
     as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

The New Testament - Philippians 4:4-7

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

The Gospel According to Luke
John said to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruits worthy of repentance. Do not begin to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our ancestor'; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham. Even now the ax is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire."

And the crowds asked him, "What then should we do?" In reply he said to them, "Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise." Even tax collectors came to be baptized, and they asked him, "Teacher, what should we do?" He said to them, "Collect no more than the amount prescribed for you." Soldiers also asked him, "And we, what should we do?" He said to them, "Do not extort money from anyone by threats or false accusation, and be satisfied with your wages."

As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, John answered all of them by saying, "I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire."
So, with many other exhortations, he proclaimed the good news to the people.

Luke 3:7-18
We pray for all in our church who are sick and suffering.  We pray for our families and friends.

Ingles & Marcionette family
Randy Mahurin
Robin Massaker
Robin McKvean
Larry and Bette Ruby
Amarra and Strande family
Aaron Varsho

Our Beloved Dead,
Laura Ingles

Paula Jones
Marvin Jones

We pray for those with continuing challenges:
Linda and Ricky Abrams
Jean Brown
Jane Guinn
Rich and Bonnie Lehing
Diane Paterson
Betsy Reynolds
Fr. Luis Pacheco Sanchez
 Bishop Dabney Smith

Anglican Cycle of Prayer
 PRAY FOR:  The Anglican Church of Burundi

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer
  • St. Michael and All Angels, Sanibel
  • St. Monica's, Naples
  • St. Nathaniel's, North Port
  • St. Paul's, Naples
  • St. Paul's Wesley Chapel, St. Peter's Cathedral, St. Petersburg
  • St. Peter's, Plant City

Please pray for the restoration of St. Martin’s financial health, long term sustainability and growth. 
Click here to send a PRAYER REQUEST

3rd Sunday of Advent (C)

In reply (John the Baptist) said to them, “Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.” Luke 3:11

When the crowds asked John how they should live, his answers were very specific. So with our Christmas feelings of peace and goodwill… we need to transform them into specific acts of charity and concern for others.

Collection – 11/29/2021
Checks      $778.00
 Cash             150.00
PayPal             38.71
TOTAL     $ 966.71
Expenses    1191.62


NOTE – Some expenses are put on HOLD and PAID as we are able:
  • Mortgage
  • Apportionment to Diocese
  • Insurance
  • Property Taxes

For your continued financial support!

A big thanks to all those who donated money and/or food to make the Christmas holiday much brighter for the students we sponsor at Hudson Primary Academy!
Besides things for Christmas dinner, many donations of other special items were received, which is greatly appreciated.
Thank you for all the gifts under the Angel Tree, as well! We were able to grant all the wishes the children had.
You are very much appreciated!!


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