“Gifts for the God-child” (Isaiah 35:1-10) Sunday Dec. 24, 2017
Advent Candle Lighting:
L: Like cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.
P: From Bethlehem of Judea shall come a ruler who is to shepherd my people Israel!
L: God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. (Light purple candle)
P: For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him might have eternal life.
L: God did not send his Son into the world to condemn it, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
P: Come, Lord Jesus, and let the light of your love lead us to life!
L: Having lit the candle of love, let us sing “Seek the Child.”
Scripture (Isaiah 35:1-10)
Our reading comes from the prophet Isaiah.
1The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus
2it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of the Lord, the majesty of our God.
3Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees.
4Say to those who are of a fearful heart, “Be strong, do not fear! Here is your God. He will come with vengeance, with terrible recompense. He will come and save you.”
5Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped;
6then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy. For waters shall break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert;
7the burning sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water; the haunt of jackals shall become a swamp, the grass shall become reeds and rushes.
8A highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Holy Way; the unclean shall not travel on it, but it shall be for God’s people; no traveler, not even fools, shall go astray.
9No lion shall be there, nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it; they shall not be found there, but the redeemed shall walk there.
10And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
Here ends our reading. May God bless our understanding.
@Copyrighted by Rev. Dr. Troy Sybrant Sermon: “Gifts for the God-child” (Isaiah 35:1-10) Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017
“Gifts for the God-child”
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