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Scripture: Isaiah 9:2, 4-6
Is. 9:2The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.
3 You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest, as men rejoice when dividing the plunder.
4 For as in the day of Midian’s defeat, you have shattered the yoke that burdens them, the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor.
5 Every warrior’s boot used in battle and every garment rolled in blood will be destined for burning, will be fuel for the fire.
6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.
(Light candle while the interpretation is read)
This morning we light our first candle . The light of the flame symbolizes the illumination of Jesus Christ in our lives.
The disciple John tells us: Jesus Christ is light; in him there is no darkness at all.
This Christmas season, let the light of Jesus Christ shine out of darkness, let his light shine in our hearts so that we may have the knowledge of the glory of God.
Gracious Lord. May your mighty blessings be upon all of us this Christmas season.
May your light shine upon our lives removing the darkness about us.
May the joyful good news of Jesus and his coming change our lives and give us hope for when he comes again in power.
Second Sunday Of Advent
John 1:6-9, 15-16,19-23
John 1:6 There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John.
:7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe.
:8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.
:9 The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.
:15 John testifies concerning him. He cries out, saying, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’”
:16 From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another.
:19 Now this was John’s testimony when the Jews of Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was. :20 He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, “I am not the Christ.”
:21 They asked him, “Then who are you? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” He answered, “No.”
:22 Finally they said, “Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?”
:23 John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, “I am the voice of one calling in the desert, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’”
(Light Candles 1 and 2 while the interpretation is read)
Jesus is the Christ, period. This is the testimony of John the Baptist. For all the greatness of John the Baptist; for all the wisdom, powerful work and changed lives – John is clear: don’t confuse me with the one who is much greater than I, Jesus
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