November 28 2021
Rejoice: Week One
First SunDay of Advent
Rev Mary Beth Hardesty-Crouch
2 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness— on them light has shined. 3 You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as people exult when dividing plunder. 4 For the yoke of their burden, and the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian. 5 For all the boots of the tramping warriors and all the garments rolled in blood shall be burned as fuel for the fire.
6 For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom. He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time onward and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.
ISAIAH 9:2-7 NRSV
LIGHTING THE HOPE CANDLE
Come, friends, for now is when Advent begins,
this journey of joy despite the darkness.
Rejoice in the Lord always; again we will say, rejoice!
Though we have walked in darkness,
we will see a great light and experience great joy.
We light this candle to remember that there have always been voices calling out hope in the midst of the darkness.
Our God will do this.