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Third Sunday in Advent ?Overcome with Joy?

December 14, 2016

 

Preaching on the Old Testament reading Isaiah 35:1-10 Pastor Brook Thelander chose as his theme despair.

He said, “We must encourage each other not to become spiritually discouraged or despairing. Grief, lack of employment, terminal illness— despair might seem a viable option. It is the same for people who hunger, suffer from war, fears and uncertainties or aging, temptation to give up.

Today is Gaudete, telling us to Rejoice, as the Church of Jesus Christ responds to all the world not to despair. Spiritual renewal can refresh our hearts even in the desert. We gather here today to open our hearts to the life-giving Word of God. We trust our hopes, not our fears, and trust our God, not our circumstances.

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Theme Verse

Luke 1:78-79

Scripture Lessons

Jul 2: Isaiah 2:6-17, Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18, Romans 6:1-11, Matthew 10:34-42

Jun 25: Jeremiah 20:7-13, Psalm 69:1-18, Romans 5:5-19, Matthew 10:24-33

Prayer Emphases

Nation: Republic of Korea

Denomination: Full Gospel Churches

Congregation: St. John's Anglican, Vancouver, B.C., and the Rev. Canon David Short

Ministry: Christian Retreat Centers

Parishioners: Those living on Winstead Court

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