Sunday, December 9, 2018
Second Sunday of Advent
Worship at 8:45am and 10:00am
In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah, “The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth; and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’” –Luke 3:1-6
Guest Preacher, Rev. Oden Warman, will be preaching at both services, “A Voice from Outside the Box - John the Baptizer”
Today we learn that Christmas begins in the wilderness. Hope for a messiah begins with those who yearned for God to come into their lives when they faced hard times. Peace comes when God enters into our hearts today by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Scripture: Malachi 3:1-4; Luke 3:1-6
Pray for our world (from the Ecumenical Prayer Cycle ): Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam