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Even though we remain separated by the pandemic, as God's people we continue to gather around God's Word, confess our faith, sing our praises, and offer our prayers. Week in and week out, we give thanks for the technology and skills of individuals that enable this to take place.  Join us this Sunday for worship at 11:00 via Zoom.


Introduction
This week we hear from Isaiah, 1st Corinthians, and the Gospel of Mark. In this first Advent gospel reading, four times the disciples are called to keep awake, alert, on the watch. Something is going to happen.

"Therefore, keep awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn, or else he may find you asleep when he comes suddenly."


Readings and Psalm
Isaiah 64:1-9
In Isaiah 64, the children of Israel cried out for help from someone they could not see, nor could they be sure that they were seen. 

Psalm 80:1-7,17-19
The refrain serves as a literary and thematic key to the psalm, helping us feel the increasing intensity of addressing God: O God; O God of hosts; O Lord God of hosts. The Psalm calls attention to the mixing of metaphors for God—shepherd and gardener.

1st Corinthians 1:3-9
The text for this week is the opening of the letter that is Paul’s response to a church in crisis. Contrary to how we title this letter, though, 1 Corinthians was not his first piece of written correspondence to this church. Paul refers to a previous letter, a letter containing instructions which they apparently misunderstood (1 Corinthians 5:9). Letter writing, for all its benefits, always runs a risk of misinterpretation. Paul must now correct that misunderstanding in this current letter as well as respond to what he knows about the church’s problems.

Mark 13:24-37
The coming of the Son of Man and the lesson of the fig tree. "From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he[a] is near, at the very gates." 
 
 

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Daily Bible Verse

  • Isaiah 61:1-7

    ​They will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, to display his glory.

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