December 5, 2019
for Sunday, Dec. 8
Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19
Pr. Ivy Gauvin
Wow! Can you imagine such a world? Enemies at peace, justice in government, a ruler who adorns himself with righteousness and faithfulness instead of sword and spear. How can this be?
This all starts out with death—a tree stump. That means there used to be a flourishing tree growing there…but no more. What can be done? The spirit blowing over it. God’s Spirit brings life—the shoot—something not very big. What can God do with that? God’s Spirit is powerful.
God renews the nation of Israel, beginning with the shoot of Jesse, the father of King David. Jesus the Messiah is from the line of David. He was a new kind of king.
This new king will even influence nature. Natural enemies interact with each other in surprising ways. What particularly strikes me is verse 8, “The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder’s den.” That’s absolutely incredible. But that is the work of God’s Spirit—from death to life to far more than we could ever ask or imagine! I think of what Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “’What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the human heart conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him’—10 these things God has revealed
to us through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God” (1 Corinthians 2:8-10).
God’s wind wants to blow over and through us. New possibilities depend on the wind, which the stump cannot withstand. The wind is blowing. Advent is our decision to trust the new wind against the hopeless stump.
As the Advent hymn “All Earth is Hopeful,” declares, “All earth is hopeful, the Savior comes at last…God’s truth and justice set ev’rybody free.” (ELW 266). Embrace that hope! The Spirit is on the move.
1A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse,
and a branch shall grow out of his roots.
2The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him,
the spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the spirit of counsel and might,
the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
3His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord.
He shall not judge by what his eyes see,
or decide by what his ears hear;
4but with righteousness he shall judge the poor,
and decide with equity for the meek of the earth;
he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth,
and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked.
5Righteousness shall be the belt around his waist,
and faithfulness the belt around his loins.
6The wolf shall live with the lamb,
the leopard shall lie down with the kid,
the calf and the lion and the fatling together,
and a little child shall lead them.
7The cow and the bear shall graze,
their young shall lie down together;
and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
8The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp,
and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder’s den.
9They will not hurt or destroy
on all my holy mountain;
for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord
as the waters cover the sea.
10On that day the root of Jesse shall stand as a signal to the peoples; the nations shall inquire of him, and his dwelling shall be glorious.
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.
***We continuously collect food items for the 5 & 2 Ministry.
Bring your donations and place in the black bin in church
narthex. Lists detailing items needed are also available
in the narthex. Monetary donations welcome!
***5 & 2 Ministry Food Bins Donated to Date: 71
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*** Jayson Mena was one of our Promise Children in Honduras. Now an adult, God has given him a vision of how to help the children of Honduras. He will be our guest preacher next week Dec. 15. We look forward to hearing his story. You will have an opportunity to share in his vision after worship.
Love INC Prayer Requests 12/03/19
Praise God! St James and New Creation Assembly of God were able to help 23 of our clients with a Thanksgiving Dinner. A single mom struggling with addiction, became homeless and then lost custody of her daughter. Currently clean and was able to get help for an apartment. She now has a 4-month-old to care for and would like to regain custody of her older daughter. She needs almost everything for her apartment, a job to support herself and her child and your prayers.
Single woman struggling with Bipolar disorder and still mourning the loss of her daughter. She needs a queen size bed frame. She has no extra funds to replace her broken bed frame.
Love INC’s end-of-year request letter was sent out last week. Please pray for the stirring of hearts and God’s provision for the ministry
Continued Prayers and Updates
A formerly incarcerated single man became homeless. He was assisted with an apartment and needs a full-size bed and bedding. He was able to get a temporary job but needs permanent one to support himself. Pray his needs are met and a job is found.
An older lady who was at the Women’s shelter is moving into a new apartment and needs a kitchen table and chairs. She has limited mobility and uses a walker. Pray for her need, her health and protection.
A woman with 3 kids who just completed a drug rehab program is seeking employment. Pray for strength for her to continue remain clean, for protection for her children and employment to support her family.
A family of 6 who were infested with bedbugs. The home has been treated and the beds replaced. They are seeking help to purchase the bedbug covers for the mattresses and box springs, to avoid this occurring again. Pray for comfort and protection for them and the needed funds would become available. They were assisted with living room furniture and bed frames, but still need of mattress covers.**
A single man who suffered a bad fall causing some serious medical issues; with no health insurance and unable to work, he lost everything. He has been assisted by UCAN mission and STEL provided rent and a bed. He needs additional furnishings and kitchen items. Pray for healing, peace and direction in his life. They were assisted with living room furniture, bedding, kitchen items and towels
Single mom of 2 kids ages 9 and 13; claims the landlord is not fixing the furnace of the apartment building; they *need a couple of space heaters to stay warm.
Pray for our household ministry, winter is just starting, and we are currently out of Queen size blankets.
A couple whose baby was rushed to Hamot hospital in Erie because of complications during birth. Prayers for the baby who is in ICU, the mother who is distraught, and the Father who is trying to care of all of them. They also have an 18-month-old at home and *need gas cards. They were assisted with gas cards. The baby is still in the Hospital and they are hoping to bring her home this week. Please continue to pray for them all.
Single lady with some medical issues residing in the Allen Park area needing help with some yard work and Snow removal. Please pray for her health and a volunteer to meet her need.**
A mother of 5 kids was homeless when her apartment was condemned; lost everything. They were assisted with some living room furniture, but she is **still in need of 4 twin beds and a kitchen table with 6 chairs. The mother also is having serious health issues.
An older couple who are both handicapped need help shoveling their walk; as she needs medical transport for dialysis 3 times a week. **Still seeking snow removal assistance Spring Street area Jamestown
· 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 victims of wildfires, flooding and earthquakes.
· For: Rob Fenlason, Dan Bruinsma, Rev Alan Anderson, Dick Starks, Tim O’Brien Nichelle Carlberg, Mike Krott, Gretta Kettle, George and Janet Balcom, Maj-Britt Traynor, Pat & Maureen Kibbe, Beverly Klang, Trudy Fetzner, Arden Johnson, Thom Shagla, Matt Isaacson, Sarah Van Staalduinen, Mabel Tranum, Bryan Brown, Craig Jackson, Jim Doherty, Karen Brown, Bonnie Christoferson, Zachary Stewart, Scott Stearns, Zachary Frazier
· For people serving in the military, including Ben Wickerham, and their families, those caught up in persecution, violence and war.
· 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.
· For: The ELCZ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zimbabwe and ELCZa Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zambia.