Sunday December 6, 2015

Second Week of Advent

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Announcements

Community Advent Service REMINDER that the service is Sunday December 6 at 7pm. Those who signed up to bring cookies please drop them off by 645pm. Those who are singing please meet Pastor Katie at the Catholic Church in St. Marys by 615pm for rehearsal.

Salvation Army Kettle We also have a date to mind the Salvation army kettle. Our date is Dec 15 at Foodland from 12-6pm if you are interested in volunteering for a short amount of time that day please sign up for this on the sheet at the back

Sunday School Pageant Don’t forget about the Sunday School Pageant which will be taking place December 13. This is an important event please be sure to mark your calendars and come out to support our children as they lead us in story and song.

Advent Scripture Booklets Please remember that the daily scripture booklets for Advent are at the back of the Church. If you are looking for an Advent observation taking 15 minutes a day to pray and reflect on scripture is an excellent way to participate in Advent. Daily scripture passages for reflection will also be posted to Facebook.

Advent Prayer Cards Please be sure to pick up an Advent prayer card from the small basket at the back of the Church. Take one home, or place it on our Tree here at the Church. There is room on the back of all the prayer cards for you to write names of people you wish to pray for, or remember this Advent season. Or for prayers you wish to express to God. This Advent lets be a Church that prays together!

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This weeks Scripture – Luke 3:1-6 & Philippians 1:3-11

Philippians I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.

And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.

Luke

In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar—when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, Herod tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of Iturea and Traconitis, and Lysanias tetrarch 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 country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet:

“A voice of one calling in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
make straight paths for him.
Every valley shall be filled in,
every mountain and hill made low.
The crooked roads shall become straight,
the rough ways smooth.
And all people will see God’s salvation.’”

 

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