Reader 1: “The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing” (Isaiah 35: 1-2a, NRSV).
Reader 2:“Joy to the World” is a beloved carol written in the early 1700s by Isaac Watts. It captures the enthusiasm we feel when announcing to the world the joy of our Messiah.
Reader 3: The first verse speaks to this joy, “Joy to the world! The Lord is come; let earth receive her King. Let every heart prepare Him room, and heaven and nature sing.”
As we light the third candle of Advent, let us carry the joy of our redemption into the world that the people may catch the Spirit. (Light two blue candles and one pink candle.)
Reader 4: Let us Pray.
Lord of Joy we await your coming with great expectation. Our lives are marked by joy even when our circumstance might prove to the contrary. May we bring joy to every heart this Advent season. Amen.