What Wonderful Worship for 2nd Advent Sunday!!

Advent is always such a special time in the life of Central United Methodist Church.

This past Saturday, energetic folks decorated the sanctuary with greens, candles…

What a lovely greeting when we arrived yesterday for worship.

We light an advent candle each Advent Sunday to remind ourselves…  

          Peace…

                               Hope…

                                                     Joy…

                                                                       Love…

What better themes could we carry home in our hearts into the following weeks?

And the Children’s Sermon takes on a special meaning. Pastor Cody, father of a young son himself, is especially gifted at talking to kids in their own context. It is, after all, the “season of expectation”, and what child isn’t in high expectation at Christmas time?

 

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We heard once again the words of the Prophet Isaiah in Chapter 11, coming from such a distance past, but still so perfectly expressing metaphorically the hope we keep alive:

The wolf will live with the lamb,  

 the leopard will lie down with the goat,

the calf and the lion and the yearling together;     

and a little child will lead them.

The cow will feed with the bear,     

their young will lie down together,     

and the lion will eat straw like the ox.

The infant will play near the cobra’s den,     

and the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest.

They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain,

for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord

as the waters cover the sea.

 Yesterday, the 2nd Sunday in Advent, as our “sermon”, Crystal Natland role-played Mary, the mother of Jesus. She captured Mary’s confusion, and her ultimate joy, perfectly. It was emotionally moving. And who among us, especially women, have not had such conflicting emotions?

 

 

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And in our modest church in Sedro-Woolley, Washington, we felt joined with all people worldwide, when we sang this prayer…

Oh, come, Desire of nations,

bind In one the hearts of all mankind;

Oh, bid our sad divisions cease,

And be yourself our King of Peace.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to you, O Israel!

Oh come, oh come Emmanuel…

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YES!!!

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