THIS SUNDAY: December 1, 2019
1st Sunday in Advent!
In Worship @ 10am, in the sanctuary
"Peopling Christmas: The Prophets"
Given how often we repeat the story of Jesus' birth, it's perhaps not surprising that the people involved have become more like caricatures than characters. This Advent, we'll work on fleshing them out more fully.
Scripture Reading for the Day
The word that Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. In days to come the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised above the hills; all the nations shall stream to it. Many peoples shall come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the Lord!
When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord”), and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.” Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying, “Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.” And the child’s father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, “This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed—and a sword will pierce your own soul too.” There was also a prophet, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, having lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped there with fasting and prayer night and day. At that moment she came, and began to praise God and to speak about the child to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.
Sunday after Worship
NEW! All-Church Advent Event
This year, we’re kicking off the season with an all-church Advent Event. We’ll decorate our church home; instruct and encourage our children with crafts and stories; and adults and children alike will share in a hands-on mission project making simple blankets for children facing transition and trauma.
Flash-Mob Nativity Begins TODAY!
We’ll provide the stable, but we’re asking you to people it! Please loan us a figure or two from your own nativity scene at home (carefully ID’d so we can return it to you in January) to decorate the communion table Sundays in December. It doesn’t matter if we end up with 3 Maries, 8 magi, and a giraffe; in fact, that’s the point. No matter who we are or where we are on life’s journey, there's room for all under God's roof!