The Third Sunday of Advent [12/16/18] – So, What Should We Do?

Today’s Passage:  Luke 3:7-18

Opening Prayer:  I do not know anyone who wants to be told what to do.  Nor do I know anyone that wants to be reminded that there are consequences to actions taken or to decisions that have been made.  Scripture, however, tells us that “the ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire” [Luke 3:9 NIV].  Father God, may we see the needs of other people.  May we be sensitive to the prompting of the Holy Spirit when He tells us to step up and out to assist someone.  May we see our excess and discover ways to give.  Encourage us.  Lift us up as we faithfully shine, like a bright light and a sign of hope, into someone’s darkness.  In Jesus’ name, I pray.

Opening Song: My Own Little World – Matthew West
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9Yasgzjc0w

Message [used with permission from A Sermon for Every Sunday]:  Rev. Ryan Ahlgrim is Pastor of First Mennonite Church in Richmond, Virginia.  He begins this week’s sermon from Luke 3:7-18 by taking an inventory of his coat collection.  “Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none,” says John the Baptist.  But Ryan Ahlgrim has at least ten coats in his closet.  Should he give away nine?  Five?  Three?  Later in the sermon Ahlgrim asks, “How does John the Baptist tell us to prepare for the Messiah?” He says that the answer is “to share all the extra you have with those who don’t have.” What would that look like in a multi-coat society?  What would it look like for you?

 

Closing Song: Do Something – Matthew West
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_RjndG0IX8

Closing Prayer:  Father God, is it time for us to do something?  Show us what we can do without and what we could give away to someone in need.  May You show us a way to share in more meaningful ways over the holidays.  May we choose to respond and may we experience true joy in giving.  May we always remember what is important and strive for the day when all will say… “everybody has enough”.  Amen.

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Advent… A Season for Faith, Anticipation, and Inspiration for Life – Third Sunday of Advent – Today’s prayer [12/16]

“God of wisdom may the light of your Son shine through the darkness this Advent and may your children know your will in these days.  Amen.”
(Anticipate – An Advent Experience, Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, pg. 64.)

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Prayer, Praise, & Promises Dec. 15, 2018

Father, we relish the joy you give us in knowing you. Help us to see clearly that you are all we need in order to experience a joy the world may not understand. Amen

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Advent… A Season for Faith, Anticipation, and Inspiration for Life – Today’s prayer [12/15]

“Gentle King lead us in the way of peace that we might be found as servants to the least when you appear.  Amen.” (Anticipate – An Advent Experience, Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, pg. 59.)

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Prayer, Praise, & Promises Dec. 14, 2018

1 Corinthians 2:9 (NLT)

That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, no eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.

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Advent… A Season for Faith, Anticipation, and Inspiration for Life – Today’s prayer [12/14]

“Search our hearts God.  Reveal our hidden fears.  Help us to embrace you as Lord of all.  Amen.” (Anticipate – An Advent Experience, Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, pg. 56.)

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Prayer, Praise, & Promises Dec. 13, 2018

Our response to God’s love for us is our worship.
(inspired by fb.com/fitnessandfaithfulness)

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