Scripture: Malachi 3:1-4; : Luke 1:68-79; Luke 3:1-6

Year after year, we come to church in Advent and hear that we are to prepare the way for Jesus to come. This phrase means a lot more than getting the house decorated, cookies made, and gifts bought and wrapped. Both of the readings we hear today help us get ready for more than our Christmas celebrations, they help us get ready to receive Jesus.

Song: "I Will Wait" written by Marcus Mumford (Mumford & Sons); performed by the Prince of Peace worship band