December 6, 2020, 10:30 AM
SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT
Via the Internet and Facebook Live
THE SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT: PEACE
Every Sunday of Advent the candle lighting is preceded by a brief Call to Worship.
VOICE: Last Sunday we lit the first candle in our Advent
Wreath, the candle of hope. We light it again as we
remember that Christ will come again to fulfil all of
God’s promises to us.
(a person lights the candle of hope)
VOICE: The second candle of Advent is the Candle of Peace.
It is sometimes called the Bethlehem Candle to remind
us of the place in which preparations were made to
receive and cradle the Christ child.
VOICE: Peace is a gift that we must be prepared for. God
gives us the gift of peace when we turn to God in
VOICE: The prophet Isaiah calls Christ “the Prince of
Peace.” Through John the Baptist and all the other
prophets, God asks us to prepare our hearts so that he
may come in.
VOICE: Our hope is in God, and in God’s only child, Jesus Christ. Our
peace is found in him. We light this candle today to
remind us that he brings peace to all who trust in him.
Light the Second Candle
VOICE: LET US PRAY – Loving God, thank you for the peace you
give us through Jesus. Help us prepare our hearts to
receive Him. Bless our worship. Guide us in all that
we say and do. We ask it in the name of the one born
in Bethlehem. Amen.
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
- Church office has re-opened. No just coming by. Must make an appointment. Wearing a mask and social distancing will be practiced.
- Hygiene Kit Sunday will happen as soon as we can come up with a process that will keep all our folks safe.
- Bible Study every Monday. 7:30pm Vicar Alyce will be leading the study We will meeting via zoom so watch for an e-mail invitation to join with us. We will be studying the readings from the Sunday’s in Advent. So this week we will be doing the reading for Advent-2
- Pastor Paul’s office time Monday-Wednesday 10:00 AM till 3:00 PM The Pastor will be off on Thursday’s. Friday’s will be a study day and Saturdays the Pastor will be available as needed or by appointment.. For now Dana’s office time or church time has changed to Tuesday through Thursday 10 AM till 3 PM. She is available via e-mail or text on Monday’s and Friday’s
- Thank you! Thank you!! To all of our volunteers that came out and supported FCCD, we are ever appreciative of your generosity and positivity. We successfully completed a 964 tree unload in 2 hours yesterday thanks to you! There is still time to get involved with us. Whether you want to learn a new skill with Wreath Making TODAY, TOMORROW, and WEDNESDAY 10am – 4pm ~Or~ Selling trees through helping us at cashier services, with customers in picking out a beautiful fir, making lunches, assisting the chainsaw tables, loading trees on top of cars, and so much more! Hospitality ALL times Nov 28-Dec 6 (this role is mainly showing customers tree sizes, the price related to size (non-negotiable), and making sure masks are worn and maintaining 6ft social distancing of volunteers and customers! Feel uncertain about a role? I’ll get you all trained up on how it works, simply come on out to our Christmas Tree and Wreath Sale and bring a little spirit.
I am available through email and at the number below. If you would like to sign up, email me or use the volunteer link . Or show up whenever you can, we would be glad to have you. Looking forward to seeing you.
Blessings, Stephanie Wright We would definitely be grateful to have you Christmas Tree Sales Recruiter and Trainer First Christian Church of Decatur 601 W Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur, GA 30030 (404)590-4687
- We will share Christmas Eve worship with First Christian Church of Decatur at 6pm December 24th on Facebook Live. Pastor Paul will also offer an midnight Christmas Eve meditation that will begin on Facebook Live at 11:45pm.
- We thank you for going to the church website to take care of your tithe, gifts, donations and offering. Just go to gentlespirit.org and click on the donate button and follow the instructions. Or if you are more comfortable with the US mail then send your tithe, gifts, donations and offerings via a check or money order to GSCC 601 West Ponce de Leon Decatur, GA 30030
Prayers and Praises if you are on Facebook Live, now would be the time to post your prayer request and/or praise
First Reading of Scripture: Isaiah 40:1-11 (MSG)
“Comfort, oh comfort my people,”
says your God.
“Speak softly and tenderly to Jerusalem,
but also make it very clear
That the city has served its sentence,
that the sin is taken care of—forgiven!
Jerusalem been punished enough and more than enough,
and now it’s over and done with.”
Thunder in the desert!
“Prepare for God’s arrival!
Make the road straight and smooth,
a highway fit for our God.
Fill in the valleys,
level off the hills,
Smooth out the ruts,
clear out the rocks.
Then God’s bright glory will shine
and everyone will see it.
Yes. Just as God has said.”
A voice says, “Shout!”
I said, “What shall I shout?”
“These people are nothing but grass,
their love fragile as wildflowers.
The grass withers, the wildflowers fade,
if God so much as puffs on them.
Aren’t these people just so much grass?
True, the grass withers and the wildflowers fade,
but our God’s Word stands firm and forever.”
Climb a high mountain, Zion.
You’re the preacher of good news.
Raise your voice. Make it good and loud, Jerusalem.
You’re the preacher of good news.
Speak loud and clear. Don’t be timid!
Tell the cities of Judah,
“Look! Your God!”
Look at the Creator! God, the Master, comes in power,
ready to go into action.
God is going to pay back the enemies
and reward those who have loved God.
Like a shepherd, the Creator will care for the flock,
gathering the lambs in God’s arms,
Hugging them as the Creator carries them,
leading the nursing ewes to good pasture.
Second Reading from Scripture 2 Peter 3:8-15a (MSG)
Don’t overlook the obvious here, friends. With God, one day is as good as a thousand years, a thousand years as a day. God isn’t late with this promise as some measure lateness. God is restraining on account of you, holding back the End because God doesn’t want anyone lost. The Creator is giving everyone space and time to change.
But when the Day of God’s Judgment does come, it will be unannounced, like a thief. The sky will collapse with a thunderous bang, everything disintegrating in a huge conflagration, earth and all its works exposed to the scrutiny of Judgment.
Since everything here today might well be gone tomorrow, do you see how essential it is to live a holy life? Daily expect the Day of God, eager for its arrival. The galaxies will burn up and the elements melt down that day—but we’ll hardly notice. We’ll be looking the other way, ready for the promised new heavens and the promised new earth, all landscaped with righteousness.
So, my dear friends, since this is what you have to look forward to, do your very best to be found living at your best, in purity and peace. Interpret our Master’s patient restraint for what it is: salvation. Our good brother Paul, who was given much wisdom in these matters, refers to this in all his letters, and has written you essentially the same thing. Some things Paul writes are difficult to understand. Irresponsible people who don’t know what they are talking about twist them every which way. They do it to the rest of the Scriptures, too, destroying themselves as they do it.
Meditation: “While We Wait” Pastor Paul Mark 1:1-8
VS. 26 “His baptism—a holy baptism by the Holy Spirit—will change you from the inside out.”
The good news of Jesus Christ—the Message!—begins here, following to the letter the scroll of the prophet Isaiah.
Watch closely: I’m sending my preacher ahead of you;
That will make the road smooth for you.
Thunder in the desert!
Prepare for God’s arrival!
Make the road smooth and straight!
John the Baptizer appeared in the wild, preaching a baptism of life-change that leads to forgiveness of sins. People thronged to him from Judea and Jerusalem and, as they confessed their sins, were baptized by him in the Jordan River into a changed life. John wore a camel-hair habit, tied at the waist with a leather belt. He ate locusts and wild field honey.
As he preached he said, “The real action comes next: The star in this drama, to whom I’m a mere stagehand, will change your life. I’m baptizing you here in the river, turning your old life in for a kingdom life. His baptism—a holy baptism by the Holy Spirit—will change you from the inside out.”
Sacrament of Holy Communion
“OWN YOUR FAITH, DON’T RENT IT!