Rejoice Always?

The Week of Peace As your peace rules in our hearts, we give thanks to you, Lord, and rejoice in the birth of the Prince of Peace.  Amen Weekly Advent Prayers by Betty Claire Jackson By Matt Allen Philippians 4:4-7 The slaughtering of 11 souls at the Tree of Life synagogue. The devastation of the…

The World Will Never Be the Same

The Week of Peace As your peace rules in our hearts, we give thanks to you, Lord, and rejoice in the birth of the Prince of Peace.  Amen Weekly Advent Prayers by Betty Claire Jackson By Linda Mason Isaiah 9:6-7 I have always loved bicycles. When I was about five, we moved to a three-room…

Mixed signals or which way do I turn?

The Week of Hope You are our living hope, Lord, as we celebrate your promises for our present and our future on your birthday. We are your grateful people.  Amen Weekly Advent Prayers by Betty Claire Jackson By Willard Teel Psalm 62:1-2, 5-7 Mixed signals or which way do I turn? Is your life similar…

A Lot of Hope

The Week of Hope You are our living hope, Lord, as we celebrate your promises for our present and our future on your birthday. We are your grateful people.  Amen Weekly Advent Prayers by Betty Claire Jackson By Ken Williams Romans 8:18-25 My New Testament of the Jerusalem Bible entitles chapter 8 as “The life…

Like a Shepherd

The Week of Hope You are our living hope, Lord, as we celebrate your promises for our present and our future on your birthday. We are your grateful people.  Amen Weekly Advent Prayers by Betty Claire Jackson By Betty Claire Jackson Isaiah 40:11 “He tends his flock like a shepherd; He gathers his lambs in…

Look Everywhere

The Week of Hope You are our living hope, Lord, as we celebrate your promises for our present and our future on your birthday. We are your grateful people.  Amen Weekly Advent Prayers by Betty Claire Jackson By David Goree Jeremiah 29:11-13 “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all…

Fill Others Up

The Week of Hope You are our living hope, Lord, as we celebrate your promises for our present and our future on your birthday. We are your grateful people.  Amen Weekly Advent Prayers by Betty Claire Jackson By Jennie Mayes Psalm 63:1-8 The Message 1 God—you’re my God!  I can’t get enough of you! I’ve…

God With Us

The Week of Hope You are our living hope, Lord, as we celebrate your promises for our present and our future on your birthday. We are your grateful people.  Amen Weekly Advent Prayers by Betty Claire Jackson By Lisa Shinkins Isaiah 7:14 “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will…

Pelican Belief

The Week of Hope You are our living hope, Lord, as we celebrate your promises for our present and our future on your birthday. We are your grateful people.  Amen Weekly Advent Prayers by Betty Claire Jackson By Mike Massar Isaiah 40:1-5 The pelican was an important religious symbol for the early church, because in…

Advent

By Garrett Vickrey Advent is a season of preparation for Christmas that dates back to the fourth century A.D. It has been celebrated or revered in various ways throughout the history of the church. Today we mark Advent as a season that includes the four Sundays leading up to Christmas. We light candles each week…