December 8, 2013
This week's Scripture verses are
Matthew 3:1-12 and Isaiah 11:1-10,
for the message, Hope for Refugees.
The prophet Isaiah's ministry spanned over 40 years -- and those years were very tumultuous for Israel, as it was the runt country getting caught in the midst of Assyrian, Babylonian, and Persian empires.
During a portion of this 40 year span God's people were refugees, displaced from their homeland, the Promised Land.
In our passage this Sunday, Isaiah speaks a word of hope to the Israelites. That message speaks strongly to refugees today, and to all of us who, from time to time, feel a little displaced.
On this, the second Sunday of the Advent Season,
we will be lighting the candle of "Peace",
along with the first candle of "Hope".
We will share in the Sacrament of Communion each week of Advent.
Serving this week:
Elizabeth Widomski will be greeting.
Tending the children in the Garden is Amanda Banner;
Tom Johnson will be with the Sprouts;
and Sarah Davis will be in the Nursery.