Advent 3

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  • The Immediate Word

    Katy Stenta
    Mary Austin
    Dean Feldmeyer
    Thomas Willadsen
    Christopher Keating
    George Reed
    For December 11, 2022:
  • CSSPlus

    John Jamison
    Object: A video camera. One on your phone is just fine.

    Hello, everyone! (Let them respond.) Are you ready for our story? (Let them respond.) Awesome! Let’s go!

    We have talked about a guy before whose name was John the Baptist. Who remembers and can tell me who John the Baptist was? (Let them respond.) He was the man God chose to...
  • StoryShare

    Peter Andrew Smith
    “Hey Bill.” Jim made his way through the departing crowd and stuck out his hand. “Great meeting.”

    “Yeah, it was a great meeting.” Bill smiled and shook the other man’s hand. “Thanks for being a part of it. I remember when I mentioned the 12-step program, you were doubtful.”

    “You made a believer out of me.” Jim smiled back. “ I didn’t want to admit how much of a problem I had...
  • Emphasis Preaching Journal

    David Kalas
    Much of the music that accompanies this season of the year emphasizes sights. Classic Christmas season songs like “Winter Wonderland,” “White Christmas,” “Silver Bells,” and “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas” celebrate so many of the sights that traditionally accompany this time of year. And it is, to be sure, a feast for the eyes, with the snow, the lights, and so many decorations in...
  • Emphasis Preaching Journal

    Mark Ellingsen
    Bill Thomas
    Frank Ramirez
    Bonnie Bates
    Isaiah 35:1-10
    Isaiah proclaims days of hope, positive days that transform the whole of the world and all of existence. There is little or nothing to fear. Where do you find hope in these days? It’s challenging sometimes. This will be the second Christmas without my husband who died in October of 2021. We had been married almost 42 years and we were soulmates, loving each...
  • The Village Shepherd

    Janice B. Scott
    Call to Worship:
    Jesus told the people to report what they saw; that the blind were receiving their sight, the lame were walking, the deaf were hearing and poor were hearing good news. In our worship today, let us explore whether that is still true in our society today.
    Invitation to Confession:
    Jesus, sometimes I don't expect much from Christianity.
  • SermonStudio

    John N. Brittain
    "Are we there yet? Are we there yet?" It's not just children of a certain age who ask that question, although they certainly do. I've been on a number of trips in the past few years with delayed flights, missed connections, and lost luggage, where I've been the one asking the question. Leading up to Christmas (or a birthday or wedding or trip to Disney World) the question becomes one of time...
  • SermonStudio

    Tony S. Everett
    Our text centers on God's promised action in the wilderness. Have you ever seen photographs of the wilderness areas in the land of the Bible; for example today's Israel, Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Iran? The wilderness is a rocky, dry, and barren space. In the same day, temperatures may vary from a blazing 100 degrees Fahrenheit to nearly freezing. Food and water are scarce. Wild beasts and even...
  • SermonStudio

    Charles L. Aaron, Jr.
    How different things must have looked for John behind prison walls. If ever the word "free spirit" applied to anyone, it applied to John. He said what he wanted to say, without holding back. If the scholars are correct that he was an Essene, then he had gone into the wilderness specifically to get away from everyone. The Essenes wanted to worship their way, with no interference from anyone. Now,...
  • SermonStudio

    Beverly S. Bailey
    Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming (UM216, PH48, NCH211, NCH127)
    Cold December Flies Away (UM233)
    I'll Praise My Maker While I've Breath (UM60, PH253, NCH166)
    Psalter 146 (UM858, PH254)
    My Soul Gives Glory To My God (UM198, PH600, CBH119)
    Prepare The Way, O Zion (PH13)
    Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus (UM196...

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