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12.5.10 Worship Confessional

Today was the second Sunday of Advent and our focus for the morning was hope. The words of the prophet Isaiah provided the shape for our gathering:

“Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the LORD’s hand double for all her sins.  A voice of one calling: “In the wilderness prepare the way for the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. And the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all people will see it together. For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.” (Isaiah 40:1-6)

During my message I shared Doug Pagitt’s description of the significant role that hope plays in our faith: “Christianity has always been the hope of God through Jesus played out in the lives of real people living in real circumstances.” To illustrate this reality, two members of our community, Brandon and Heidi, shared the signs of hope they witnessed during their recent mission trip. Brandon and Heidi served as team leaders for 14 students from Waynesburg University and they served about 80 children in the Nutritional Center and Home for Children in Patzun, Guatemala. You can read some of Brandon’s reflections in his Friday column in the Herald Standard.

What signs of hope do you see during this Advent season? How does hope inform the practice of your faith?

Our music set included the following songs:

  • All Down Down (Chris Tomlin)
  • Salvation is Here (Hillsong)
  • This is How We Know (Matt Redman)
  • O Come O Come Emmanuel ( Traditional)
  • Comfort Ye (Daniel Renstrom)
  • This is Our God (Chris Tomlin)

Learn what other communities of faith experienced today in worship at The Worship Community.

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have the peace that passes understanding at the heart of yourself, but do not be at peace with the world. for the world is more malleable than we think and we must wrestle it from fools. (bono)
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