“War and Peace at Christmas” (Titus 3:3-11) Sunday Dec. 10, 2017
Advent Candle Lighting:
L: Those conflicts and disputes among you, where do they come from? Do they not come from your cravings that are at war within you?
P: There are dividing walls of hostility between us. We are afflicted in every way—disputes without and fears within.
L: By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace. (Light 2nd purple candle)
P: For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
L: Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!
P: Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace!
L: Having lit the candle of peace, let us sing “Seek the Child.”
Scripture (Titus 3:3-11)
Our reading comes from the letter of Titus.
3For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, despicable, hating one another.
4But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared,
5he saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but according to his mercy, through the water of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.
6This Spirit he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior,
7so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
8The saying is sure. I desire that you insist on these things, so that those who have come to believe in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works; these things are excellent and profitable to everyone.
9But avoid stupid controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless.
10After a first and second admonition, have nothing more to do with anyone who causes divisions,
11since you know that such a person is perverted and sinful, being self-condemned.
Here ends our reading. May God bless our understanding.
“War and Peace at Christmas”
@Copyrighted by Rev. Dr. Troy Sybrant Sermon: “War and Peace at Christmas” (Titus 3:3-11) Sunday Dec. 10, 2017