“A Fierce Hope” (Isaiah 64:1-12) First Sunday in Advent Nov. 27, 2016

Scripture (Isaiah 64:1-12)                 

Our reading comes from the prophet Isaiah. 

 1O that you would tear open the heavens and come down, so that the mountains would quake at your presence— 2as when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes water to boil— to make your name known to your adversaries, so that the nations might tremble at your presence! 3When you did awesome deeds that we did not expect, you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence. 4From ages past no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who works for those who wait for him. 5You meet those who gladly do right, those who remember you in your ways. But you were angry, and we sinned; because you hid yourself we transgressed.

6We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy cloth. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. 7There is no one who calls on your name, or attempts to take hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us, and have delivered us into the hand of our iniquity. 8Yet, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand. 9Do not be exceedingly angry, O Lord, and do not remember iniquity forever. Now consider, we are all your people. 10Your holy cities have become a wilderness, Zion has become a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation. 11Our holy and beautiful house, where our ancestors praised you, has been burned by fire, and all our pleasant places have become ruins. 12After all this, will you restrain yourself, O Lord? Will you keep silent, and punish us so severely?

Here ends our reading. May God bless our understanding.

“A Fierce Hope”


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Advent Candle Lighting: Candle of Hopeadvent-hope

 L:         Remember that you were at one time without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel.


P:         We were strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.


L:         Remember also that Isaiah said, “The root of Jesse shall come, the one who rises to rule the Gentiles; in him the Gentiles shall hope.” (Light 1st purple candle)


P:         When the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to confirm the promises given to the patriarchs and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy.


L:         Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people!


P:         Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles, and let all the peoples praise him!


L:         Having lit the candle of hope, let us sing “Light of Light Eternal.”



  • Wed. Nov. 23 ~ No Choir Practice
  • Thurs.–Fri., Nov. 24-25 ~ Office Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday 
  • Sunday Nov. 27 – Deacons Training 8:45 am – there will be other sessions if you miss this one

Consider yourself invited to these free events: 



The only cost for Live Nativity is if you purchase fair trade goods from Ten Thousand Villages.




Our construction of the Live Nativity has started. The cut-outs will eventually be replaced with live people and animals.  Please join us and  have some family fun, all are invited!




…  Nativity Display & Ten Thousand Villages Fair Trade Shop; Hot Cocoa & Cookies


Compass Christian Church will once again host a Live Nativity scene outside the church, nativitycomplete with Mary & Joseph, the  Magi, shepherds & angels, as well as some friendly beasts, suitable for petting.


Enjoy the following videos:



picture2Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, from 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Ten Thousand Villages will bring “a global marketplace of fair trade items” to CCC next month.  Ten Thousand Villages is “a non-profit social enterprise that partners with independent small-scale artisan groups, co-ops and workshops to bring their wares to our markets.”

Ten Thousand Villages will be selling their fair trade wares during our Voyage to Bethlehem (1pm-5pm). They will have nativity sets, recycled jewelry, bags and beautiful craft items to purchase. Not only will the purchases help to empower the women overseas and their local economy, 15% of the sales from the day, they will donate back to Compass Christian Church! The artisans get the total amount from each sale.

Do your Christmas shopping here on Dec. 3!; just a sample of what might be at our location: