Worship – December 1, 2013 – First Sunday in Advent

“God Loves Us”

God Loves Us

Psalm 25:1-10  (Common English Bible)

25 I offer my life to you, Lord.  My God, I trust you. Please don’t let me be put to shame!  Don’t let my enemies rejoice over me! 3 For that matter,  don’t let anyone who hopes in you be put to shame; instead, let those who are treacherous without excuse be put to shame.

4 Make your ways known to me, Lord; teach me your paths. 5 Lead me in your truth—teach it to me—because you are the God who saves me.  I put my hope in you all day long. 6 Lord, remember your compassion and faithful love—they are forever! 7 But don’t remember the sins of my youth or my wrongdoing.  Remember me only according to your faithful love       for the sake of your goodness, Lord.

8 The Lord is good and does the right thing; he teaches sinners which way they should go. 9 God guides the weak to justice, teaching them his way. 10 All the Lord’s paths are loving and faithful for those who keep his covenant and laws.

Isaiah 9:2-7  (Common English Bible)

2 The people walking in darkness have seen a great light.  On those living in a pitch-dark land, light has dawned. 3 You have made the nation great; you have increased its joy. They rejoiced before you as with joy at the harvest, as those who divide plunder rejoice. 4 As on the day of Midian, you’ve shattered the yoke that burdened them, the staff on their shoulders, and the rod of their oppressor. 5 Because every boot of the thundering warriors,  and every garment rolled in blood will be burned, fuel for the fire. 6 A child is born to us, a son is given to us, and authority will be on his shoulders.  He will be named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. 7 There will be vast authority and endless peace for David’s throne and for his kingdom, establishing and sustaining it with justice and righteousness now and forever.

The zeal of the Lord of heavenly forces will do this.

John 3:16-21  (Common English Bible)

16 God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him won’t perish but will have eternal life. 17 God didn’t send his Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through him. 18 Whoever believes in him isn’t judged; whoever doesn’t believe in him is already judged, because they don’t believe in the name of God’s only Son.

19 “This is the basis for judgment: The light came into the world, and people loved darkness more than the light, for their actions are evil. 20 All who do wicked things hate the light and don’t come to the light for fear that their actions will be exposed to the light. 21 Whoever does the truth comes to the light so that it can be seen that their actions were done in God.”

Holy Communion:

Holy Communion celebrated the first Sunday of every month.

Sunday School:

10:30 – 11:30 AM – in the Parish Hall Lower Level.  A Children’s Church program is available weekly on Sunday mornings.

Nursery Ministry:

10:30 – 11:30 AM – in the Parish Hall Lower Level.  Available every Sunday morning during the worship service.

Sunday Morning Worship:

10:30 AM – in the Sanctuary.  Join us today for Pastor Tom Hendershot’s sermon “God Loves Us.”

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