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This Week’s Message

… from one generation to another
   God shows mercy to those who honor God.
The Creator has stretched out a mighty arm
   and scattered the proud with all their plans.
God has brought down mighty kings from their thrones,
   and lifted up the lowly.
God has filled the hungry with good things,
   and sent the rich away with empty hands.
God has kept the promise God made to our ancestors,
   and has come to the help of God’s servant Israel.
God has remembered to show mercy to Abraham
   and to all his descendants forever!
Luke 1:50-55

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Advent IV, 2018: Lighting the Candle for Love

From the order of worship for the fourth Sunday of Advent (Year C)

VOICE: Last Sunday we lit the candle of joy. We light it and the candles of hope and peace again as we remember that Christ, who was born in Bethlehem, will come again to fulfill all of God’s promises and bring us everlasting peace and joy.

The candles for hope, peace, and joy are lighted

VOICE: The fourth candle of Advent is the Candle of Love. God’s love is a perfect love. It holds nothing back. God, in love, gives us everything we need to live a life of hope and peace.

VOICE: The bible says that “God so loved the world that God gave God’s only Child, so that whoever believes should not perish, but have eternal life.” Jesus shows us God’s perfect love.

VOICE: This is what love is like: Love is patient, love is kind and envies no one. Love is never boastful or conceited, rude or selfish. Love is not quick to take offense, it keeps no records of wrongs, it does not gloat over other people’s troubles, but rejoices in the right, the good, and the true. There is nothing that love cannot face, there is no limit to its faith, to its hope, to its endurance.

VOICE: Love never ends. We light the candle of love to remind us that Jesus brings us God’s love and shows us how to love others.

The candle for love is lighted

VOICE: Love is like a light shining in a dark place. As we look at this candle we celebrate the love we find in Jesus Christ.

VOICE: Let us pray: Thank you God for the love you give us. We ask that as we wait for all your promises to come true, and for Christ to come again, that you would remain present with us. Help us today, and everyday to worship you, to hear your word, and to do your will by sharing your love with each other. We ask it in the name of the one who was born in Bethlehem. Amen.

This Week’s Message

And the crowds asked him, “What then should we do?” In reply he said to them, “Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.” Even tax collectors came to be baptized, and they asked him, “Teacher, what should we do?” He said to them, “Collect no more than the amount prescribed for you.” Soldiers also asked him, “And we, what should we do?” He said to them, “Do not extort money from anyone by threats or false accusation, and be satisfied with your wages.”
Luke 3:10-14

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