The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. And this is the name by which it will be called: “The Lord is our righteousness.”
From sermon4kids.com: “As we look forward to Christmas day, we also look forward to the day when Jesus will come again. Today we light the candle of hope on our advent wreath. Just as the people of Israel found hope in the promises of God, we find hope in Jesus’ promise that he will come again.”
Scripture: December 2, 2018—Jeremiah 33:14-16; 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13; Luke 21:25-36; and Psalm 25:1-9.
Collect: Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Reflection: Even in the midst of trouble and turmoil, God allows us glimpses of the kingdom to come. What signs of promise do you see that bolster your hope in a new heaven and a new earth?
Sunday School—9 am on Sunday
Reflection on Advent 1: Candle of Hope
Having hope means constantly expecting a different kind of future, even when history seems to confirm our fears. Hope is for those who feel the pain of the world. Hope is for those who agonize at human cruelty. Hope is for those who hear the cries of homeless and hungry children, and cry along with them.
In a world where hope seems so far away, we are a people of hope. We listen for the voice of angels in the wind. We stretch to see the first light of a new day on the horizon. We long for a new birth of grace in every human heart. We wait. We listen. We hope.
downloaded from https://lifeinliturgy.wordpress.com/2014/11/18/advent-candle-lighting-rituals/ on 11/28/28.
Movies/Videos: “The Truman show” (1998), “live lives worthy of our callings”; “Big night” (1996), what does it take to keep the dream alive; “Star Trek Generations” (1994), “time is the companion on the journey”
Special Note: Jan Richardson, a gifted leader and multimedia artist, is offering “ILLUMINATED 2018: AN ONLINE JOURNEY INTO THE HEART OF CHRISTMAS. Join us for this new retreat for Advent! A great way to travel toward Christmas, from anywhere you are. Individual, group, and congregational rates available. Info & registration: Illuminated Advent Retreat.”
I must have parent consent forms before we can leave. This is retreat weekend. See you at 4-ish pm in the Field Building.