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Identity Crisis -- Matthew 11:2-11, Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10 -- Frank Ramirez -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2019
Advent in Cycle A means Isaiah, Romans, and Matthew. Isaiah is so rich and musical.
Easter in Advent -- Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Matthew 11:2-11 -- Cathy Venkatesh -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2016
The third Sunday of Advent is traditionally one that emphasizes joy.
Still standing in line -- Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Matthew 11:2-11 -- David Coffin -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013
Inevitably it happens to any adult or any church leader toward the end of the year, or the time thei
Signs of hope, signs in life -- Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Matthew 11:2-11, Psalm 146:5-10 -- Schuyler Rhodes -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
Perhaps it's time for the annual rant about the commercialization of Christmas, and the incredibly e
Watching and waiting -- Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Matthew 11:2-11, Psalm 146:5-10 -- David Kalas -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
When I was a boy, the father of my best friend accepted a job offer in another country. It
The long and winding road -- Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Matthew 11:2-11, Psalm 146:5-10 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2004
The "journey" is a favorite image for spiritual growth. It fits the subject in so many ways.
Signs of hope, signs in life -- Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2001
Perhaps it's time for the annual rant about the commercialization of Christmas, and the incredibly e
Seeing and hearing -- Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Matthew 11:2-11 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 1998
In the midst of our Advent distinctions between vision and sight, this Sunday's pericopes seem to me
Wait till it's over -- Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Matthew 11:2-11 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 1995
We admire those who seem able to maintain their faith in the midst of the most impossible circumstan
Patience, blossoms and open eyes! -- Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Matthew 11:2-11 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A
Every pastor should have the opportunity of going to the Land of the Bible, and doing it early in li

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Small Action = Massive Transformation -- Matthew 11:2-11, Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Psalm 146:5-10, Luke 1:46b-55 -- Bethany Peerbolte, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed, Thomas Willadsen -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2019
For December 15, 2019:
The Real Deal -- Matthew 11:2-11, James 5:7-10, Isaiah 35:1-10, Psalm 146 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Robin Lostetter, Ron Love, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2016
In this week’s gospel lectionary text, John dispatches his followers to confront Jesus and ask him:
’tis The Season... -- Matthew 11:2-11, James 5:7-10, Isaiah 35:1-10, Psalm 146 -- Leah Lonsbury, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013
In last week’s lectionary gospel reading John the Baptist talked about preparing the way of the L
Shop Without Ceasing -- Matthew 11:2-11, Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Psalm 146:5-10 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
Another Black Friday -- the discount shopping bonanza that marks the day after Thanksgiving -- has c
Same Old, Same Old -- Matthew 11:2-11, James 5:7-10, Isaiah 35:1-10, Psalm 146:5-10 -- Thom M. Shuman, Paul Bresnahan -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
So often in life, we are temped to "delegate" or "pass the buck." We don't want to do something, so
What, Then, Did You Go Out To See? -- Matthew 11:2-11, Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Psalm 146:5-10 -- Chris Ewing -- Second Sunday of Advent - A
When President Bush came to Canada last week, he was met by John the Baptist.

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Advent 3 -- Isaiah 35:1-10 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom ...

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The Prophet Has His Doubts -- Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Matthew 11:2-11 -- John A. Tenbrook -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2001
Thespian Theological Thoughts

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Sermon Illustrations for Advent 3 (2019) -- Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Matthew 11:2-11 -- Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love, Bill Thomas, Frank Ramirez, Bonnie Bates -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2019
Isaiah 35:1-10
Sermon Illustrations for Advent 3 (2016) -- Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Matthew 11:2-11 -- Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love, Bill Thomas, Frank Ramirez, Bob Ove, Bonnie Bates -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2016
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Sermon Illustrations for Advent 3 (2013) -- Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Matthew 11:2-11 -- Derl G. Keefer, Mark Ellingsen, Bob Ove, Ron Love -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013
Isaiah 35:1-10
"Desert" often... -- Isaiah 35:1-10 -- Bob Ove -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013
"Desert" often referred to spiritual desolation.
NULL -- Isaiah 35:1-10 -- Craig Kelly -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
Imagine what it is like for people in a village in an arid part of Africa -- people having to walk g
An article, published in the... -- Isaiah 35:1-10 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
An article, published in the Atlantic Monthly magazine, tells of a valley near the
Of all the descriptions in... -- Isaiah 35:1-10 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Of all the descriptions in this passage about wonderful things (healed bodies, water
A small group gathered for... -- Isaiah 35:1-10 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
A small group gathered for their first meeting. As a way of introduction, they began
One of the most amazing... -- Isaiah 35:1-10 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
One of the most amazing ironies of nature is the blooming desert. The desert is a dry and
An article, published in the... -- Isaiah 35:1-10 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
An article, published in the Atlantic Monthly magazine, tells of a valley near the small town
Of all the descriptions in... -- Isaiah 35:1-10 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Of all the descriptions in this passage about wonderful things (healed bodies, water in dry places),
A small group gathered for... -- Isaiah 35:1-10 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
A small group gathered for their first meeting.
One of the most amazing... -- Isaiah 35:1-10 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
One of the most amazing ironies of nature is the blooming desert.
In 1969, a young man... -- Isaiah 35:1-10 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A
In 1969, a young man enlisted in the army and was sent to Vietnam.
deserts rejoice ... and blossom.br... -- Isaiah 35:1-10 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A
"... deserts rejoice ... and blossom."
In the midst of death... -- Isaiah 35:1-10 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A
In the midst of death and exile, we find hope and the desire to live.
Anna Primavesi writes persuasively of... -- Isaiah 35:1-10 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A
Anna Primavesi writes persuasively of how the well-being of humanity and the well-being of the creat
Once a wife decided not... -- Isaiah 35:1-10 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A
Once a wife decided not to drop hints about their anniversary to her forgetful husband.
The story is told of... -- Isaiah 35:1-10 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A
The story is told of a man and his family who rented a cottage in the country in order to enjoy thei

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Small Action = Massive Transformation -- Matthew 11:2-11, Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Psalm 146:5-10, Luke 1:46b-55 -- Bethany Peerbolte, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed, Thomas Willadsen -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2019
For December 15, 2019:
The Real Deal -- Matthew 11:2-11, James 5:7-10, Isaiah 35:1-10, Psalm 146 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Robin Lostetter, Ron Love, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2016
In this week’s gospel lectionary text, John dispatches his followers to confront Jesus and ask him:
’tis The Season... -- Matthew 11:2-11, James 5:7-10, Isaiah 35:1-10, Psalm 146 -- Leah Lonsbury, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013
In last week’s lectionary gospel reading John the Baptist talked about preparing the way of the L
Shop Without Ceasing -- Matthew 11:2-11, Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Psalm 146:5-10 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
Another Black Friday -- the discount shopping bonanza that marks the day after Thanksgiving -- has c
Same Old, Same Old -- Matthew 11:2-11, James 5:7-10, Isaiah 35:1-10, Psalm 146:5-10 -- Thom M. Shuman, Paul Bresnahan -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
So often in life, we are temped to "delegate" or "pass the buck." We don't want to do something, so
What, Then, Did You Go Out To See? -- Matthew 11:2-11, Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Psalm 146:5-10 -- Chris Ewing -- Second Sunday of Advent - A
When President Bush came to Canada last week, he was met by John the Baptist.

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Small Action = Massive Transformation -- Matthew 11:2-11, Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Psalm 146:5-10, Luke 1:46b-55 -- Bethany Peerbolte, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed, Thomas Willadsen -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2019
For December 15, 2019:
The Real Deal -- Matthew 11:2-11, James 5:7-10, Isaiah 35:1-10, Psalm 146 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Robin Lostetter, Ron Love, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2016
In this week’s gospel lectionary text, John dispatches his followers to confront Jesus and ask him:
’tis The Season... -- Matthew 11:2-11, James 5:7-10, Isaiah 35:1-10, Psalm 146 -- Leah Lonsbury, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013
In last week’s lectionary gospel reading John the Baptist talked about preparing the way of the L
Shop Without Ceasing -- Matthew 11:2-11, Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Psalm 146:5-10 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
Another Black Friday -- the discount shopping bonanza that marks the day after Thanksgiving -- has c
Same Old, Same Old -- Matthew 11:2-11, James 5:7-10, Isaiah 35:1-10, Psalm 146:5-10 -- Thom M. Shuman, Paul Bresnahan -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
So often in life, we are temped to "delegate" or "pass the buck." We don't want to do something, so
What, Then, Did You Go Out To See? -- Matthew 11:2-11, Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Psalm 146:5-10 -- Chris Ewing -- Second Sunday of Advent - A
When President Bush came to Canada last week, he was met by John the Baptist.

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Third Sunday Of Advent -- Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Matthew 11:2-11 -- Carlos Wilton -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
Theme For The Day
Third Sunday Of Advent -- Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Matthew 11:2-11 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2004
THE LESSONSLesson 1: Isaiah 35:1-10 (C, E), Isaiah 35:1-6, 10 (RC)
Third Sunday in Advent -- Isaiah 35:1-10 -- Elizabeth Achtemeier -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2004
This passage has many affinities with the prophecies of Second Isaiah (Isaiah 40-55), and it has oft
Third Sunday Of Advent -- Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Matthew 11:2-11 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2001
Seasonal Theme
Third Sunday In Advent -- Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Matthew 11:2-11 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 1998
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONSLesson 1: Isaiah 35:1-10 (C, E); Isaiah 35:1-6, 10 (RC)
The Attitude of Patience -- Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Matthew 11:2-11 -- Russell F. Anderson -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 1995
BRIEF COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS
Third Sunday Of Advent -- Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Matthew 11:2-11 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 1992
Lesson 1: Isaiah 35:1-10 (C, E, L); Isaiah 35:1-6, 10 (RC)
Third Sunday of Advent -- Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Matthew 11:2-11 -- George M. Bass -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 1989
The church year theological clue

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Small Action = Massive Transformation -- Matthew 11:2-11, Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Psalm 146:5-10, Luke 1:46b-55 -- Bethany Peerbolte, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed, Thomas Willadsen -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2019
For December 15, 2019:
The Real Deal -- Matthew 11:2-11, James 5:7-10, Isaiah 35:1-10, Psalm 146 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Robin Lostetter, Ron Love, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2016
In this week’s gospel lectionary text, John dispatches his followers to confront Jesus and ask him:
’tis The Season... -- Matthew 11:2-11, James 5:7-10, Isaiah 35:1-10, Psalm 146 -- Leah Lonsbury, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013
In last week’s lectionary gospel reading John the Baptist talked about preparing the way of the L
Shop Without Ceasing -- Matthew 11:2-11, Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Psalm 146:5-10 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
Another Black Friday -- the discount shopping bonanza that marks the day after Thanksgiving -- has c
Same Old, Same Old -- Matthew 11:2-11, James 5:7-10, Isaiah 35:1-10, Psalm 146:5-10 -- Thom M. Shuman, Paul Bresnahan -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
So often in life, we are temped to "delegate" or "pass the buck." We don't want to do something, so
What, Then, Did You Go Out To See? -- Matthew 11:2-11, Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Psalm 146:5-10 -- Chris Ewing -- Second Sunday of Advent - A
When President Bush came to Canada last week, he was met by John the Baptist.

SermonStudio

The Holy Way -- Isaiah 35:1-10 -- Tony S. Everett -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Our text centers on God's promised action in the wilderness.
The Interruption Of Advent Somberness -- Isaiah 35:1-10 -- John T. Ball -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2004
On many Advent altars Christians often place a wreath holding four candles.
What Good Music Can Do For You -- Isaiah 35:1-10 -- Stephen M. Crotts -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2001
It is a scientific fact that when the music of Mozart is played in a henhouse, chickens lay more egg
What Do You Want For Christmas? -- Isaiah 35:1-10 -- R. Glen Miles -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 1998
(Originally published in 1998)
The Christmas Cactus -- Isaiah 35:1-10 -- Paul E. Robinson -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 1995
Christmas has a way of bringing back memories.
Christmas Preparations we Often Forget -- Isaiah 35:1-10 -- Robert A. Beringer -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 1992
It does not seem to bother the children that Christmas is so close.

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The Holy Way -- Isaiah 35:1-10 -- Tony S. Everett -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Our text centers on God's promised action in the wilderness.

The Village Shepherd

Images Of Heaven -- Isaiah 35:1-10 -- Janice B. Scott -- Third Sunday of Advent - A
Years ago our local daily newspaper, the Eastern Daily Press, launched an appeal entitled, "We Care"

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Why Did He Ask? -- Matthew 11:2-11, Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Psalm 146:5-10 -- C. David Mckirachan, Keith Wagner -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2016
Contents "Why did he ask?" by C. David McKirachan
A Christmas Reminder -- Matthew 11:2-11, Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Psalm 146:5-10 -- John E. Sumwalt, C. David Mckirachan -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013
Contents"A Christmas Reminder" by John Sumwalt
Truckin' -- Matthew 11:2-11, Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Psalm 146:5-10 -- C. David Mckirachan, Frank Ramirez -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
Contents"Truckin'" by C. David McKirachan
Lessons Of A Farmer -- Matthew 11:2-11, James 5:7-10, Isaiah 35:1-10, Psalm 146:5-10 -- Rick McCracken-Bennett, Sandra Herrmann -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Contents What's Up This Week
A Prison Called Unforgiveness -- Isaiah 35:1-10, Luke 1:46b-55, James 5:7-10 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Third Sunday of Advent - A
Contents What's Up This Week

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Streams In The Desert -- Isaiah 35:1-10 -- David E. Leininger -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
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Small Action = Massive Transformation -- Matthew 11:2-11, Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Psalm 146:5-10, Luke 1:46b-55 -- Bethany Peerbolte, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed, Thomas Willadsen -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2019
For December 15, 2019:
The Real Deal -- Matthew 11:2-11, James 5:7-10, Isaiah 35:1-10, Psalm 146 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Robin Lostetter, Ron Love, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2016
In this week’s gospel lectionary text, John dispatches his followers to confront Jesus and ask him:
’tis The Season... -- Matthew 11:2-11, James 5:7-10, Isaiah 35:1-10, Psalm 146 -- Leah Lonsbury, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013
In last week’s lectionary gospel reading John the Baptist talked about preparing the way of the L
Shop Without Ceasing -- Matthew 11:2-11, Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Psalm 146:5-10 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
Another Black Friday -- the discount shopping bonanza that marks the day after Thanksgiving -- has c
Same Old, Same Old -- Matthew 11:2-11, James 5:7-10, Isaiah 35:1-10, Psalm 146:5-10 -- Thom M. Shuman, Paul Bresnahan -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
So often in life, we are temped to "delegate" or "pass the buck." We don't want to do something, so
What, Then, Did You Go Out To See? -- Matthew 11:2-11, Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Psalm 146:5-10 -- Chris Ewing -- Second Sunday of Advent - A
When President Bush came to Canada last week, he was met by John the Baptist.

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Third Sunday In Advent -- Isaiah 35:1-10 -- Robert S. Jarboe -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
(Distribute this sheet to the readers.)Date:Reader A:
Bulletin Insert for Third Sunday in Advent for Year A -- Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Matthew 11:2-11, Psalm 146:5-10 -- Robert S. Jarboe -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Third Sunday In AdventAdvent Wreath Service Reader A:
Advent 3 -- Matthew 11:2-11, Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Psalm 146:5-10 -- Amy C. Schifrin, Martha Shonkwiler -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Gathering Prayer: Litany Of Expectation A: Waiting in our darkness,
Advent 3 -- Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Matthew 11:2-11 -- Thom M. Shuman -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Call To WorshipOne: Be patient! the time is coming
Here Is Your God -- Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Matthew 11:2-11 -- Frank Ramirez -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2004
Call To Worship (Isaiah 35:3-4)
Third Sunday Of Advent -- Isaiah 35:1-10, Psalm 146:5-10, James 5:7-10, Matthew 11:2-11 -- Beverly S. Bailey -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2004
HymnsLo, How A Rose E'er Blooming (UM216, PH48, NCH211, NCH127)
Third Sunday Of Advent -- Isaiah 35:1-10 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2001
Theme: The Pageant Of The Lord's ComingCall To Worship
Third Sunday In Advent -- Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Matthew 11:2-11 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 1998
First Lesson: Isaiah 35:1-10Theme: Set Aside SighingCall To Worship
The Holy way -- Isaiah 35:1-10 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 1992
Suggestions:Use as a call to worship.6 readers - women of various ages
ADVENT 3 -- Psalm 146:5-10, Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Matthew 11:2-11 -- Norman A. Beck -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 1986
This psalm sharply contrasts the inadequacy of all human rulers with the total adequacy of the Lord
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Imagine a church women’s group who meets monthly in the church basement around coffee and snacks. The women in this group are elderly. The youngest women are recently retired school teachers in their early 60s of age. It is a cold December evening, when it gets dark outside around 5:30 p.m. After their Bible study, the women have a business meeting regarding their financial resources in this Christmas season.
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Isaiah 2:1-5
Advent is a time for new beginnings. Regarding the new era described in this text, John Calvin once offered advice on how to live in this time of anticipation:
Frank Ramirez
One of the joys of Thanksgiving is having a reason to give thanks to our Creator. Some years its more difficult to give thanks. For many of us these past two years there were tough choices to be made in the midst of the pandemic, and as I write this, though I am an optimist, I consider myself a realistic optimist. We have the assurance from God’s Word that, in the words of Julian of Norwich, “All will be well, and all will be well, and all manner of things will be well.” That’s true for the long term. Sometimes it’s true for the short term as well.
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Deuteronomy 26:1-11, Psalm 100
Thomas Chisholm was born in a log cabin in Franklin, Kentucky in 1866. He received his education in a little country schoolhouse, and at age sixteen began teaching there. He became a Christian at the age of 27. With no college or seminary training, he was ordained to the Methodist ministry at the age of 36. He served as a Methodist minister for a year, but ill health made it impossible for him to continue. He then moved to Vineland, New Jersey, where he opened an insurance office.

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John E. Sumwalt
Keep awake, therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. (v. 42)

I kept a daily journal for many years in which I jotted down some of the interesting things that occurred in my life as a pastor. I was aware that what I was doing was a great privilege, that to be able to be with people during some of the most significant moments of their lives is no small thing. But I am more humbled now as I look back at these holy moments.
Sandra Herrmann
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Practice Makes Perfect
Sandra Herrmann
Deuteronomy 26:1-11

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John Jamison
Object: Three signs, like those you might hold at a rally; a poster on a stick. One sign should have the word “MOUNTAIN” on it in big letters, another should have the word “DESERT” and the third should have the word “TEMPLE.” Select three children who can play the roles of sign wavers and shouters.

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Hello, everyone! (Let them respond.) Are you ready for our story? (Let them respond.) Awesome! Let’s go!
John Jamison
Object: Little paper sacks of food, such as small cookies. Have each piece of food individually wrapped so it can be handled. Sacks should have different amounts of food inside, with some very full, and some half-full. You could even have one or two sacks empty. It is best if the sacks are paper or made from something else that does not allow the children to see what is inside. For extra fun, fill the less empty sacks with paper or something to make them appear to be more full.

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The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Call to Worship:

Jesus said that we must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour. In our worship today, let us explore how we might make ourselves ready to meet Jesus.



Invitation to Confession:

Jesus, sometimes you seem so remote that I don't think you are real.

Lord, have mercy.

Jesus, sometimes I don't want to meet you.

Christ, have mercy.

Jesus, sometimes I'm too busy to spend time waiting for you.

Lord, have mercy.

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Gregory L. Tolle
Know that the Lord is God. It is he that made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, bless his name. (vv. 3-4)

Constance Berg
Carla's back ached, her wedding ring wouldn't go on her finger, and her baby was kicking like crazy. She was eight months along and she and her husband, Brad, were eagerly looking forward to the birth of their first baby. Carla had had an uneventful pregnancy but today she was a little tired. The washing machine was going to be fixed tomorrow, but today all she could find to wear were old knit pants. At least her shirt was nice!
Alex A. Gondola, Jr.
Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me ...
Let us walk with each other
In perfect harmony.
Let peace begin with me ...
To take each moment and live each moment
In peace eternally.
Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me.

Timothy J. Smith
Advent always seems out of place with everything else that is going on around us. While people are rushing toward Christmas in a shopping frenzy our observance is markedly different. Sometimes we get so lost in the sentiment and traditions of Christmas that we have difficulty connecting with the themes of Advent. Advent is about waiting expectantly while longing for God to act. However, we must admit that we grow impatient and demand immediate satisfaction.
Donna E. Schaper
In the letter to the people at Philippi, Paul wanted us to think on things that are beautiful, pure, and excellent. He wanted to teach us asset-based thinking. He wanted to teach us the art of appreciative inquiry. He wanted to limit criticism and the culture of complaint. Paul wanted us to be thankful.

Oddly, being thankful does not come naturally to us.

R. Kevin Mohr
In law I believe there is a basic legal principle that goes something to the effect that "possession is nine-tenths of the law." In other words, in a property or land dispute, the onus is really on the person who claims the other has his or her possession. It is a corollary, I suppose, to "innocent until proven guilty." Therefore, the person who has possession of the disputed property does not have to prove ownership, the plaintiff does.
Susan R. Andrews
It's the same year after year. On this most somnolent of American weekends when it takes three days to recover from one day of gluttony, this lazy weekend when some people sleep in for four days in a row - it is this Sunday that the church decides to defy the culture and catapult us into a new year - smacking us first with judgment and then with demand. It is this weekend that the liturgical calendar tells us to "Wake Up!" Life as we know it will eventually end. Get up! The world as we experience it will surely change. Watch!
Robert S. Jarboe
(Distribute this sheet to the readers.)

Date:

Reader A:

Reader B:

Introit
(As the introit is being sung, Readers A and B come forward and stand by the Advent wreath until the music is finished.)

Litany
Reader A: Please turn to the Advent litany in your bulletins.
(Pause as they do so.)
Blessed is the man who hopes in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.
He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.

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