Preparing To Rejoice In Him // December 5, 2021

Reflection: Advent WK2

WK2: Peace Candle

The second Advent candle represents Peace.

In Luke chapter 2, multitudes of angels sang to the shepherds: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”

Isaiah 9 says: For unto us a child is born, Unto us a son is given, and the government will be upon his shoulders. And his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. And of the increase of his government and peace, there shall be no end.

And Jesus himself said in John 14:  Peace I leave with you; my Peace I give unto you. Not as the world gives, do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

We light the second candle of Advent celebrating the Peace that Jesus brings, and looking forward to the everlasting Peace that is to come.

Worship In Song : Song List for Each Site

Olde Providence:
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel – hymn
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing – Hymn
Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery – Matt Boswell
I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day – hymn
There is a Fountain – hymn
Great Are You Lord – All Sons and Daughters

South End:
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel – hymn
While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks – Andrew Peterson
Thy Mercy – Sandra McCracken
Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery – Matt Boswell
With Great Gentleness – Sandra McCracken
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing – Hymn

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing – Hymn
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel – hymn
All the Poor and Powerless – All Sons and Daughters
No Body – Chris Renzema
All Things New – Andrew Peterson

God’s Word Preached : Luke 2:1-20; Romans 5:1-10

The Birth of Jesus Christ

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed,[b] who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.[c]

The Shepherds and the Angels

And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths 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,
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”[d]

15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. 17 And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.


Peace with God Through Faith

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we[a] have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith[b] into this grace in which we stand, and we[c] rejoice[d] in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.



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