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This was the third Sunday of Advent.
Scripture: Isaiah 61:1-4 (CEB)
The Lord God’s spirit is upon me,because the Lord has anointed me.He has sent meto bring good news to the poor,to bind up the brokenhearted,to proclaim release for captives,and liberation for prisoners,to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favorand a day of vindication for our God,to comfort all who mourn,to provide for Zion’s mourners,to give them a crown in place of ashes,oil of joy in place of mourning,a mantle of praisein place of discouragement.They will be called Oaks of Righteousness,planted by the Lord to glorify himself.They will rebuild the ancient ruins;they will restoreformerly deserted places;they will renew ruined cities,places deserted in generations past.
Mighty Be Our Powers by Leymah Gbowee
God Has a Dream by Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Setlist (iTunes links provided)
Lord, help us now to unclutter our lives, to organize ourselves in the direction of simplicity. Lord, teach us to listen to our hearts; teach us to welcome change, instead of fearing it. Lord, we give you these stirrings inside us. We give you our discontent. We give you our restlessness. We give you our doubt. We give you our despair. We give you all the longings we hold inside. Help us to listen to these signs of change, of growth; help us to listen seriously and follow where they lead through the breathtaking empty space of an open door.