Peace 2018

Baruch 5:1-9

Take off the garment of your sorrow and affliction, O Jerusalem,
and put on forever the beauty of the glory from God.

Put on the robe of the righteousness that comes from God;
put on your head the diadem of the glory of the Everlasting;

for God will show your splendor everywhere under heaven.

For God will give you evermore the name,
“Righteous Peace, Godly Glory.”

From “During this special season of the year, you and I need to make sure that we are ready for the coming of the Christ of Christmas. We need to look into our hearts and ask God to make our crooked ways straight and smooth out the rough places so that we can walk with Jesus each day of our life. Let’s ask him to do that right now.”

Scripture: December 9, 2018—Baruch 5:1-9; Philippians 1:3-11Luke 3:1-6; and Canticle 4 or 16.

Collect: Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Reflection: The prophet Malachi says that God is “like a refiner’s fire and like fuller’s soap” (Mal. 3:2). Reflect on events of the past year. How has God been working to refine and purify your life or your community of faith? Paul writes to the church at Philippi: “I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now” (Phil.1:3–5). Think about people in your life for whom you give thanks, who have been in your prayers, and who have brought good news and joy to you this year. Consider writing them a letter or card to express your gratitude.

Sunday School—9 am on Sunday

Eye Candy: “Prepare” by Jan Richardson; “Dove of Peace” by Lisa Cunningham; “Names of Jesus in dove“, wall hanging.

Ear Worm: “A gospel song of Peace” by Sally Albrecht; “P E A C E” by Hillsong; “Let there be peace on earth“, performed by Amy Grant, Vince Gill, Chet Adkins, and Michael McDonald

Brain Food: “Prophets of Peace” by Catherine Miller; “Live prepared“, a reflection by John Westerhoff;

Reflection on Advent 2: Candle of Peace

The state of our minds often mirrors the state of our world. We juggle hyperactive schedules, fragmented families, and hypertensive pressures. We worry about our children, we agonize over how to care for our parents, and no job seems secure. Our choices of antacid are outnumbered only by our spiritual options. We grasp for gurus and scan self-help books in serial confusion. Stress is the name of our days. And we do so long for peace.

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Movies/Videos: “The Stand” (1994), mini-series about good and evil; “Dark City” (1998), review by Roger Ebert; “Simon Birch” (1998), “testament to the ardor and resilience of faith”

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.”

Study guide; group activities;.



: young elementary: activity; bulletin games;
older elementary: activity; bulletin games.




We will talk more about Advent. You get to tell me what you know and what you recall from Advent retreat. See you at 9 am.

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