Scripture, Call to Worship & Lectionary

December 9, 2018 10:15 a.m. Worship Service
Second Sunday of Advent
Scripture:  Luke 3:1-6
The message will be delivered by Dr. Richard A. Wing
Sermon:  EVERYTHING BELONGS

Weekly Lectionary Readings: Year C


Call to Worship December 9, 2018

Leader: We come with high expectations and high anticipation.

 

 

People: We know that in God, no matter how long the wait, our deepest yearnings will be satisfied.

Leader: We have lived in darkness long enough.

People: Let us receive the light that comes in the face of the child of Bethlehem.

All: Rejoice people of God.  “God is with us” and that is always enough.  Amen.


Scripture December 9, 2018

  Luke 3:1-6 (NRSV)

“There will be signs in the

In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler[a] of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler[b] of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler[c] 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 (MSG)

1-6 In the fifteenth year of the rule of Caesar Tiberius—it was while Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea; Herod, ruler of Galilee; his brother Philip, ruler of Iturea and Trachonitis; Lysanias, ruler of Abilene; during the Chief-Priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas—John, Zachariah’s son, out in the desert at the time, received a message from God. He went all through the country around the Jordan River preaching a baptism of life-change leading to forgiveness of sins, as described in the words of Isaiah the prophet:

Thunder in the desert! “Prepare God’s arrival! Make the road smooth and straight! Every ditch will be filled in, Every bump smoothed out, The detours straightened out, All the ruts paved over. Everyone will be there to see The parade of God’s salvation.”

 Scripture Snippets:

Matthew 7:24-29 (NRSV) 24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. 25 The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell—and great was its fall!”

Philippians 4:6-7 (MGS) 6-7 Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.

Luke 12:48b (NRSV) From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required; and from the one to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be demanded.

Luke 12:48b (NRSV) From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required; and from the one to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be demanded.

Matthew 5:48 (NRSV)   48Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect…

 James 1:22-24 (NKJV)  22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.

Galatians 3:28-29 (MSG)   In Christ’s family there can be no division into Jew and non-Jew, slave and free, male and female. Among us you are all equal. That is, we are all in a common relationship with Jesus Christ. Also, since you are Christ’s family, then you are Abraham’s famous “descendant,” heirs according to the covenant promises.