Rejoice: Week Four

Rejoice: Week Four

Sunday December 19 2021
Fourth Sunday of Advent
Rejoice: Bursting with God News
LUKE 2:8-18 NRSV
Rev mary Beth Hardesty-Crouch
Scripture

8 In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: 11 to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!”
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. 17 When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them.

LUKE 2:8-18 NRSV

Lighting the Advent Candle (LOVE)

One: Come, siblings and strangers, friends and foes, seekers and skeptics. We are all welcomed into God’s love.
All: Rejoice in the Lord always; again we will say, rejoice!
One: We are not afraid, for we have heard the good news of great joy for all the people. We light this candle to symbolize Love as our God of Love comes among us again in this season.
All: We love because God first loved us.

Creed

We believe in one God, who is Creator,
maker of all we see and all we don’t see.
Who is Ruler of the universe: Source of all creation!
We believe in one God, who is Jesus Christ,
God from God, Light from Light, true God and true human.
He is one with the Creator;
the Word made flesh, our Messiah: Savior of all creation!
We believe in one God, who is Holy Spirit,
Breath of God moving among us;
Who is one with the Creator; one with the Christ;
our Comforter and our Guide: Mentor of all creation!