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praying for Karen

Karen, who teaches our adult Sunday School class, will be working in Nairobi, Kenya during the month of December.  She will be using her special talents “working in an orphanage/school for 180 toddlers through teens, helping widows create saleable crafts, participating in training Kenyan adults for improved schools/child care/pastoral work with Rafiki academic and Bible study curricula, and assisting resident missionaries with the village’s needs.”

Our Sharers Class will miss Karen during the time she is serving in Nairobi; however, we will be praying for her.  When we pray for others, we are participating in the work of Christ and interceding for others in prayer also forms our soul.  When we pray for someone, we don’t preempt God.  Before we even receive a request to pray for someone or some concern, God is there.  However, when we pray, we become sharers in His work.

Hear me speedily, O Lord. . . .

Cause me to hear . . .

For I lift up my soul unto Thee.

Psalm 143:7, 8

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anticipation and hope

Advent is the beginning of the Church Year for most churches in the Western tradition. It begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day, which is the Sunday nearest November 30, and ends on Christmas Eve (Dec 24). If Christmas Eve is a Sunday, it is counted as the fourth Sunday of Advent, with Christmas Eve proper beginning at sundown.

The word Advent means “coming” or “arrival.” The focus of the entire season is the celebration of the birth of Jesus the Christ in his First Advent, and the anticipation of the return of Christ the King in his Second Advent. Thus, Advent is far more than simply marking a 2,000 year old event in history. It is celebrating a truth about God, the revelation of God in Christ whereby all of creation might be reconciled to God. That is a process in which we now participate, and the consummation of which we anticipate. Scripture reading for Advent will reflect this emphasis on the Second Advent, including themes of accountability for faithfulness at His coming, judgment on sin, and the hope of eternal life.

In this double focus on past and future, Advent also symbolizes the spiritual journey of individuals and a congregation, as they affirm that Christ has come, that He is present in the world today, and that He will come again in power. That acknowledgment provides a basis for Kingdom ethics, for holy living arising from a profound sense that we live “between the times” and are called to be faithful stewards of what is entrusted to us as God’s people. So, as the church celebrates God’s inbreaking into history in the Incarnation, and anticipates a future consummation to that history for which “all creation is groaning awaiting its redemption,” it also confesses its own responsibility as a people commissioned to “love the Lord your God with all your heart” and to “love your neighbor as yourself.”

 

Heavenly Father, during Advent,

may we remember the greatest gift ever given:

Your only Son, Jesus Christ.

Fill our hearts with joy day by day

as we think of our Savior

putting aside His heavenly glory and coming among us.

by Raymond A. Foss

Praising God

This morning our Sharers Sunday School Class offered praises to God.  Each of us privately wrote our special praise on a slip of paper which our teacher, Karen Aufderhaar, read and then clipped to a long Offering Stick.

These individual praises were lifted as a burnt praise offering to God.

It was a very meaningful and spiritual ceremony, interspersed with praise songs.

Reminding us of God’s blessings . . . Amen.

Psalm 66

Praise for God’s Mighty Deeds and for His Answer to Prayer.

For the choir director. A Song. A Psalm.


1Shout joyfully to God, all the earth;
2Sing the glory of His name;
Make His praise glorious.
3Say to God, “How awesome are Your works!
Because of the greatness of Your power Your enemies will give feigned obedience to You.
4” All the earth will worship You,
And will sing praises to You;
They will sing praises to Your name.” Selah.
5Come and see the works of God,
Who is awesome in His deeds toward the sons of men.
6He turned the sea into dry land;
They passed through the river on foot;
There let us rejoice in Him!
7He rules by His might forever;
His eyes keep watch on the nations;
Let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah.
8Bless our God, O peoples,
And sound His praise abroad,
9Who keeps us in life
And does not allow our feet to slip.
10For You have tried us, O God;
You have refined us as silver is refined.
11You brought us into the net;
You laid an oppressive burden upon our loins.
12You made men ride over our heads;
We went through fire and through water,
Yet You brought us out into a place of abundance.
13I shall come into Your house with burnt offerings;
I shall pay You my vows,
14Which my lips uttered
And my mouth spoke when I was in distress.
15I shall offer to You burnt offerings of fat beasts,
With the smoke of rams;
I shall make an offering of bulls with male goats. Selah.
16Come and hear, all who fear God,
And I will tell of what He has done for my soul.
17I cried to Him with my mouth,
And He was extolled with my tongue.
18If I regard wickedness in my heart,
The Lord will not hear;
19But certainly God has heard;
He has given heed to the voice of my prayer.
20Blessed be God,
Who has not turned away my prayer.

Bible Study

Gospel of John Bible Study

These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.  This is my commandment that ye love one another even as I have loved you.

– John 15:11-12

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