Worship – December 8, 2013 – Second Sunday in Advent

“God Keeps His Promises”

God Keeps His Promises

Psalm 130  (Common English Bible)

A pilgrimage song.

130 I cry out to you from the depths, Lord— 2 my Lord, listen to my voice!  Let your ears pay close attention to my request for mercy! 3 If you kept track of sins, Lord—my Lord, who would stand a chance? 4 But forgiveness is with you—that’s why you are honored.

5 I hope, Lord. My whole being hopes, and I wait for God’s promise. 6 My whole being waits for my Lord—more than the night watch waits for morning; yes, more than the night watch waits for morning!

7 Israel, wait for the Lord!  Because faithful love is with the Lord; because great redemption is with our God! 8 He is the one who will redeem Israel from all its sin.

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.”

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 Keeps His Promises.”

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