Second Sunday in Advent

candle 2In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register.

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. – Luke 2:1-7

Living Hope’s Advent & Christmas schedule:

  • Dec. 12: Advent Service, 6:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 19: Children’s Christmas Program, 6:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 24th: Christmas Eve Service: 6:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 25th: Christmas Day Service: 10:30 a.m
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Expect the unthinkable

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.  As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.
~ Romans 10:9-11

On December 7, 1941, the unthinkable happened. At 7:48 a.m., the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service launched a surprise military attack against the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor. The attack lasted 90 minutes and came in two waves. When the smoke settled, the shocking results were tallied: all eight U.S. Navy battleships were damaged, with four sunk; the attack also sank or damaged three cruisers, three destroyers, an anti-aircraft training ship, and one minelayer. One hundred eighty-eight U.S. aircraft were destroyed; 2,403 Americans were killed and 1,178 others were wounded. Most did not expect such an attack and the devastating loss of life was correspondingly high.

As it was on December 7, 1941, ultimately those who do not think that the unthinkable will happen will be unprepared for Jesus’ return.

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For us it is unthinkable that, rather than requiring us to approach him as perfect people, God came to us in the person of his Son, who was put to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification. For us it is unthinkable that God did this for all people, regardless of race or family background or lifestyle or record of good versus evil.

  • The unthinkable happened when God said to Satan disguised as a serpent, in front of Adam and Eve, “The woman’s offspring will crush your head.”
  • The unthinkable happened when God told Abraham, “All peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
  • King David did not–in fact he could not–expect that God would say about his son, “I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.”
  • The virgin Mary did not, nor could she, expect that the angel Gabriel would say to her, “You will conceive and give birth to a son, and the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.

This—God’s plan of salvation—is not something that Adam or Eve or any other human being would have or could have come up with.

Yet God invites us to expect the unthinkable. Expect that the Holy Spirit creates and strengthens faith in his plan of salvation through the gospel in Word and Sacrament. Believe that God raised Jesus from the dead for your justification. Trust that anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame. Then, in faith, declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord!”

Thank God you expect the unthinkable!

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for bringing me to faith and enabling me to declare, “Jesus is Lord.” Through your gospel and the witness of your people may more and more be led to expect the unthinkable. Amen.

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Advent at Living Hope

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Join us this Advent season for Wednesday evening worship services:

  • Nov. 28th: Advent Service at 6:30 p.m. (with a  chili supper at 6:00 p.m.)
  • Dec. 5th:  Advent Service at 6:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 12th: Advent Service at 6:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 19: Children’s Christmas Program at 6:30 p.m.

God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.  1 John 1:5b

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What’s on your calendar?

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Sunday mornings:

  • Sunday School & Bible classes at 9:30 a.m
  • Worship Service at 10:30 a.m.

December

  • 5th:  Wednesday Advent Service at 6:30 p.m.
  • 12th: Wednesday Advent Service at 6:30 p.m.
  • 19th: Christmas Program at 6:30 p.m. ~ Sunday School & Our Precious Lambs
  • 24th: Christmas Eve Service at 6:30 p.m.
  • 25th: Christmas Day Service at 10:30 a.m.
  • 31st: New Years Eve (no service)

January 2019

  • 1st: New Year’s Day Service at 10:30 a.m.
  • 20th: Congregational Meeting & Potluck, noon to 1:30 p.m.
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Tree decorating party!

christmas-ornament-1033274_960_720Sunday, Dec. 2nd

Christmas tree decorating party!

  • An appetizer-potluck luncheon at noon  
  • Decorate the tree
  • Put together OPL cookie plates

Please come and bring your cookies for the OPL cookie plates, as well as your favorite snacks/drinks for the luncheon.  We will share some fellowship, work, and fun times! Husbands, wives, families, and singles…all are welcome!

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First Sunday in Advent

candle 1In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”

Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.” – Luke 1:26-33

Living Hope’s Advent & Christmas schedule:

  • Dec. 5:   Advent Service, 6:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 12: Advent Service, 6:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 19: Children’s Christmas Program, 6:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 24th: Christmas Eve Service: 6:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 25th: Christmas Day Service: 10:30 a.m
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What’s on your Christmas list?

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. ~ Romans 15:13

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Do you make a Christmas list – the list of presents that you would like to receive? Children are great at making such lists, but if you were to make one, what would be on the top of the list? What present would you like to receive this Christmas?

How about hope? Would that be on your list?

How about joy? Would that be on your list?

How about peace? Would that be on your list?

If these gifts would be on your list, where could they be purchased? Who could buy them for you? Who would give them to you?

Whether they are on your list or not, these gifts are already yours. The God of hope gave them to you. His Son bought them at a place called Calvary and paid for them with his precious blood and with his innocent death.

Through Jesus God gave you the sure hope of eternal life in heaven. He gave you the joy of a close relationship with him based on his gift of peace to you through the full and free forgiveness of your sins.

These are better than any gifts you will receive this Christmas!

Prayer: God of hope, fill me with all joy and peace as I trust in you so that I may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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