Sunday, Dec 10, 2017

This Sunday we continue our preparation for Jesus’ coming as we celebrate the third Sunday in Advent.  As we focus on the Old Testament readings (and some supporting Old Testament Scriptures) are you noticing the irony?  In the midst of what we would envision as chaos, hopelessness, feelings of desertion, sorrow, we have talked about “Hope” and “Peace.”  This week, we will talk about “Joy” not only in the midst of the Babylonian Captivity but also in our present day.  Join us at 9:00 am Sunday in the Ballard Middle School Band Room as we celebrate Gaudete Sunday – and sing a “Christmas” hymn that really belongs in Advent.

 

Roger is going to be our lector this week and Judie is bringing treats.  Thank you for helping out.  Our readings for this week are:

 

Isaiah 61 (all 11 verses)

Psalm 126

1 Thessalonians 5:1-24

John 1:6-8, 19-28

Calendar items:

December 12 – 7:00 pm – Blue Christmas – Slater United Methodist Church

December 16 – Living Nativity at Bethany

December 23 – 7:00 pm – Christmas Eve Eve

December 24 – 9:00 am – Christmas (Eve) Morning

 

In your prayers this week:

Sue’s father, Dick, is continuing chemo treatments for an indefinite amount of time.  Please keep Dick and his wife, Bev, in your prayers.

Also, continue to keep the following friends in prayer:  Arnold, Art, Bev, Byron, Dick, Elisha, Enrique, Erika, Jyothi Kukkala, Kay, Kim, Mindy, Myrna, Twyla, and Vivian.

The Tjernagels in Spain; Pastors Duggi, Swen, David, Dake, Moksha, Peter, Jonathan, and Jayasingh as they minister in India

Janis and Ieva Diekonts, Don Richman, and David Breidenbach as they conduct mission work in Latvia and other parts of eastern Europe.
The people of South Sudan and Ethiopia as civil war continues to rage – and for the South Sudanese Christians who have been forced to flee to Ethiopia

The children and staff at the Bethany-Good Shepherd Orphanage in Tanuku.  PLEASE prayerfully consider whether you could help out with a donation to help out the orphanage.

The members of the Lutheran Church in Gudipadu, Andhra Pradesh, as they rebuild their church.  Pastor Duggi is beginning a ministry to help aging women in their village.  Support of all kinds is needed.

Our nation and its leaders – for a return to God and the values on which this country was built

I pray that the rest of your week goes well, and I look forward to worshiping with you this Sunday at 9:00 am.

 

Blessings,

 

Scott

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