December 1, 2016
for Sunday, Dec. 4
Isaiah 11: 1-10
Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19
Matthew 3: 1-12
In this reading from Isaiah, the prophet describes the ideal ruler who will come in the future as a green shoot springing from a dead stump (David’s royal line) of Jesse (David’s father). Gifted by the Spirit, this messiah will seek justice for the poor, and the reign of this monarch will be experienced as paradise regained (Sundays and Seasons).
Chances are, at the time this part of Isaiah was written, the author would not have understood the future ruler as Jesus. We only know how Jesus fulfills Isaiah's words because of the way New Testament writers connected Jesus with these prophecies. After all, prophecy is a funny thing. It is not as much a matter of predicting events in the future, but agreeing with God about a situation and proclaiming God's word. We see that clearly in the gospels.
This passage of Isaiah has so much to say. When we get to the part of lions and lambs laying down together, we're getting into apocalyptic literature. "In Advent we read Old Testament poems that are filled with images of peace, justice, and joy. The church sees in past, present, and future the presence of Jesus Christ, in whom is the realization of these perennial human hopes. Jesus fills and fulfills our human hopes" (Sundays and Seasons)
Names will remain of the Prayer List for a month - at which
time it will be taken off unless, or course, there is still a continued need
for our prayers and we’re asked to keep the name on.
** Healthy Bones Exercise Class continues at St. Timothy. Classes for this session are held at 9:00 am on Monday & Wednesday through December 14th.
***“Munchies With Macholz”
Please join Upstate New York Synod Bishop John Macholz, Monday December 5th, 6 – 8:30 PM at Christ Chapel on the Lutheran Campus for a reception and Town Meeting. Chef Dave will again provide lots of delicious savory and sweet finger foods for the reception. The Town Meeting portion will begin by 7 PM. This is a chance for informal conversation with the Bishop. All are invited and encouraged to attend. Christ Chapel is located at 715 Falconer Street, Jamestown.
***Today is the second Sunday of Advent. Due to inclement weather, those of you who did not have the opportunity to turn in your estimates of giving, you may do so today. You may also use this online form to give your Estimate of Giving at this link:
· For our community of faith as we seek to do God’s work in the world.
· For those in our congregation and community who suffer silently with illness, financial burdens, and family obligation.
· For victims of violence and their families in all places
· For Elenor Burgeson Orman, Bob Samuelson, Arden Johnson, Jill Scott, Bill Reel, Helen Cogliano, John Bylund, Joanne Aron, Pastor John Klatt, JoLynn Stearns, Scott Stearns, Zachary Frazier, Todd Reel, Maj-Britt Traynor, Gerald Ayers, Matt Isaacson, Sandra Kelderhouse, Thom Shagla, Ralph Prieur, Mary Anne, Ryan Samuelson,
· For people serving in the military and their families, those caught up in war who have no safe home in which to live.
· For all children, that the love of Christ may reach them through all of us who have resources to love, protect, pray and provide for them.