Joy in the Midst of Incomplete Hope

*Call to Worship/Lighting of Wreath

Speaking as hope, though incomplete, began to feel tangible…
the prophet speaks.

Speaking into the time when the people were no longer exiled…
but the struggles were still real.

Isaiah outlines God’s vision for God’s people…
a vision of joy for ALL of God’s people.

God will bring Good News for the poor, God will bind up the wounds of the brokenhearted…
the imprisoned will be released.

In this time of Jubilee, grace and forgiveness will abound…
the foreigner and stranger will live among us.

Let us rejoice! Let us worship!
The God of all peoples envisions a time when  we will all live within God’s realm on earth as it is in heaven.

Praise be!
Praise be!

*Hymn Star-Child #174 SPP, screen

In a time when our world is fragmented and filled with too much hate…
We light this third candle of Advent, a symbol of the joy that comes when we choose to live within the unfolding realm of God.

Tim is a runner, a hiker, a devoted husband, a father of two adult children, and their spouses, and a grandfather of four perfect children. A former early childhood educator, Tim is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He has served as pastor of both Disciples and United Church of Christ congregations. As we enter what we hope is the final phase of the pandemic, Tim is beginning a journey of rediscovering himself and discerning next steps. He writes from his home in Albany, Oregon and wherever the Spirit lures him.

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