From The Pastors' Desk - December 8, 2018
May we worship the Incarnate Son of God in spirit and truth.
Tomorrow is the second Sunday of Advent – "Love". The text will be from Isaiah 40:1-11. This passage is an exhortation to speak God given words of comfort to a people weary because of their troubles and sins.
The prophet Isaiah wrote, "Comfort, comfort my people," Says your God. 2 "Speak tenderly to Jerusalem. Tell her that her sad days are gone, and her sins are pardoned. Yes, the Lord has punished her twice over for all her sins." 3 Listen! It's the voice of someone shouting, "Clear the way through the wilderness for the Lord! Make a straight highway through the wasteland for our God! 4 Fill in the valleys, and level the mountains and hills. Straighten the curves, and smooth out the rough places. 5 Then the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all people will see it together. The Lord has spoken!" 6 A voice said, "Shout!" I asked, "What should I shout?" "Shout that people are like the grass. Their beauty fades as quickly as the flowers in a field. 7 The grass withers and the flowers fade Beneath the breath of the Lord. And so it is with people. 8 The grass withers and the flowers fade, But the word of our God stands forever." 9 O Zion, messenger of good news, Shout from the mountaintops! Shout it louder, O Jerusalem. Shout, and do not be afraid. Tell the towns of Judah, "Your God is coming!" 10 Yes, the Sovereign Lord is coming in power. He will rule with a powerful arm. See, he brings his reward with him as he comes. 11 He will feed his flock like a shepherd. He will carry the lambs in his arms, Holding them close to his heart. He will gently lead the mother sheep with their young.
Let us be grateful for these powerful reminders of God's mercy extended to every generation.