Join us for worship this third Sunday in Advent, December 13, at 9 or 11. Rev. Gary Heaton’s message is “Peace, Love & Joy. . . A Product of Repentance” The scripture text is Luke 3:7-18. Joe Wright and Mary Elizabeth Morris are reading scripture and Gary Morris will lead Psalm 34 at the 11:00 service. Eddie Barnes is leading the Call to Worship at both services and the bell choir will play two traditional carols: “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing” and “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.” The anthem by the Chancel Choir is “Prepare Thyself, Zion” Bach is the composer.
During November and December, the younger children of our church have been doing some Advent activities during nursery time and Sunday School class time. They have enjoyed hearing Christmas stories, singing some Christmas songs, and making their own angel wings. They will be visiting the 9:00 church service Sunday in their angel costumes.
Invite a friend!
7 John said to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, ‘You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8Bear fruits worthy of repentance. Do not begin to say to yourselves, “We have Abraham as our ancestor”; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham. 9Even now the axe is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.’
10 And the crowds asked him, ‘What then should we do?’ 11In reply he said to them, ‘Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.’ 12Even tax-collectors came to be baptized, and they asked him, ‘Teacher, what should we do?’13He said to them, ‘Collect no more than the amount prescribed for you.’14Soldiers also asked him, ‘And we, what should we do?’ He said to them, ‘Do not extort money from anyone by threats or false accusation, and be satisfied with your wages.’
15 As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah,* 16John answered all of them by saying, ‘I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with* the Holy Spirit and fire. 17His winnowing-fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing-floor and to gather the wheat into his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.’
18 So, with many other exhortations, he proclaimed the good news to the people. Luke 3:7-18