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12.16.2018

 

 

SERMON SUMMARY: 

In Advent we wait. We wait for the healing of our bodies; we wait for relationships to be restored; we wait for wrongs to be righted; we wait to be delivered from our sins. But we do not wait alone. The cosmos, too, is waiting with us. The mountains and the deserts, the moon and the stars, the oceans and the trees, every atom, every animal is also waiting; groaning for redemption; looking for the return of their Creator. Join us this Sunday for the third week of Advent: Waiting for Salvation.

 

REFLECTIONS:

Life is pain, highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something.

—The Man in Black

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,

Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.

—W.B. Yeats

 

SCRIPTURE:

Jeremiah 12:1-4

1 Righteous are you, O Lord,

when I complain to you;

yet I would plead my case before you.

Why does the way of the wicked prosper?

Why do all who are treacherous thrive?

2 You plant them, and they take root;

they grow and produce fruit;

you are near in their mouth

and far from their heart.

3 But you, O Lord, know me;

you see me, and test my heart toward you.

Pull them out like sheep for the slaughter,

and set them apart for the day of slaughter.

4 How long will the land mourn

and the grass of every field wither?

For the evil of those who dwell in it

the beasts and the birds are swept away,

because they said, “He will not see our latter end.”

 

Romans 8:18–25

18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

 

 

CONFESSION OF SIN:

King Jesus, you are a good and just King,
But we have rebelled against your lead.
We have initiated a coup against your reign.
We have committed treason against your kingdom.

Lord, have mercy.

We have traded your perfect and just law for our own desires.
We have rejected your authority in order to be our own kings;
we have built our kingdoms instead of yours.

Lord, have mercy.

We abuse our authority.
We treat our neighbors as rival kings and
compete to conquer them.

Lord, have mercy.

Yet while we were still your enemies,
you subdued us and made us your children.
Make us now willing and ready to follow you.

Lord, have mercy.
Amen.

 

 

SONG TO CONSIDER:

Come Lord Jesus come
Come Lord Jesus come
Come Lord Jesus come
Come Lord Jesus come

Verse 1

Come again to claim Your own
Come to reap what You have sown
All creation weeps and groans for You
It’s to You that we belong
It’s to You we lift our song
How our spirits look and long for You

Verse 2

Like a thief in dead of night
Come our everlasting light
Let Your brilliance shame the brightest day
With Your voice like endless seas
Wielding swords and stars and keys
Bring the nations to their knees we pray

Verse 3

For though fitful is our flame
You’re from age to age the same
Jesus faithful is Your name and true
So until the sun does rise
Till Your trumpets rend the skies
Help us keep our restless eyes on You