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Food Pantry Tuesday & Friday

10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

SUNDAY ~ December 15

Third Sunday of Advent




Lighting of The Second Candle of Advent


Instrumental quartet: Lisa & Raymond Schwarzkopf, 

Chuck Martin & Ellen Pearson blessing us with the sounds of Advent & Christmas.

Fellowship follows at 10:30. Christmas Craft Workshop in Colonial Hall, 1:30 – 3:30.

As John Lennon once sang, “imagine” what your version of the vision of peace might look like… is it a gift God simply hands out to us?  

Does the absence of conflict equal peace?  

How do you experience the ‘peace of God which passes all human understanding’? 

Both of our scriptures this week, Isaiah 11:1-5 and Matthew 3:1-12 remind 

us that the gift of peace is a vision to hold steady in our hearts;
it is also a process that includes justice and even tough decisions and

judgments.  Ah, it is such a simple word that takes on a lifetime of new 

meaning when we see it embodied in the life of Jesus.

Matthew 3:1-12 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

“In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”  This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said, “The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.’”  Now John wore clothing of camel’s hair with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. Then the people of Jerusalem and all Judea were going out to him, and all the region along the Jordan, and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.  But when he saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruit worthy of repentance. Do not presume to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our ancestor’; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham. Even now the ax is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. “I baptize you with water for repentance, but one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and will gather his wheat into the granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”


First Sunday of Advent - 12/1/2019 - Sermon This Sunday - A Holy Surprise!

“Hope is an optimistic state of mind that is based on an expectation of positive outcomes with respect to events and circumstances in one's life or the world at large.  As a verb, its definitions include: ‘expect with confidence’ and "to cherish a desire with anticipation.”



Loving God, as we enter this Advent season, we open all the dark places in our lives and memories to the memories to the healing light of Christ.

Show us the creative power of hope. Prepare our hearts to be transformed by you, that we may walk in the light of Christ. Amen.

Matthew 24:36-44 The Message (MSG)

“But the exact day and hour? No one knows that, not even heaven’s angels, not even the Son. Only the Father knows. 37-39 “The Arrival of the Son of Man will take place in times like Noah’s. Before the great flood everyone was carrying on as usual, having a good time right up to the day Noah boarded the ark. They knew nothing—until the flood hit and swept everything away. 39-44 “The Son of Man’s Arrival will be like that: Two men will be working in the field—one will be taken, one left behind; two women will be grinding at the mill—one will be taken, one left behind. So stay awake, alert. You have no idea what day your Master will show up. But you do know this: You know that if the homeowner had known what time of night the burglar would arrive, he would have been there with his dogs to prevent the break-in. Be vigilant just like that. You have no idea when the Son of Man is going to show up.


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