Isaiah promises one who will bring new hope to people, like us, who feel overwhelmed by the world around them. As we prepare to receive this word of light and hope, how do we share it with others?
Worship with Holy Communion this week:
Saturday – 5:00 p.m. in the chapel
Sunday – 8:30 a.m. Traditional worship
9:30 a.m. – Sunday School and fellowship
10:30 a.m. – Contemporary Worship
Devotions for this week:
Light to the Nations – December 16, 2018
SHARE: What was a high point of your day? What was a low point?
READ: Read the following daily readings to deepen your understanding
Monday, Isaiah 42:10-20, A Hymn of Praise
Tuesday, Isaiah 42:21-25, Israel’s Disobedience
Wednesday, Isaiah 43:1-7, Restoration and Protection Promised
Thursday, Isaiah 43:8-21, Restoration and Protection Promised
Friday, Isaiah 43:22-28, Restoration and Protection Promised
Saturday, Isaiah 44:1-8, God’s Blessing on Israel.
Go to clergystuff.com/daily-devotions for devotions on the daily readings.
TALK: Consider some of these ideas:
He will not cry or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street; a bruised reed he will not break, and a dimly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice. He will not grow faint or be crushed until he has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands wait for his teaching. (Isaiah 42:2-4)
Isaiah’s people are exiled and understandably discouraged. But the prophet can see beyond their present trials, to a future where they will be led with wisdom and justice.
- Who in your community lives in darkness? How can you shine light on those living in darkness?
- How does God’s light shine through you? How do people know you follow God?
- For the littles: Are you afraid of the dark? Why or why not?
PRAY: Lord, your promises stand fast throughout our trying times. Hold the hope of your deliverance ever before our eyes, that we might continue to put our trust in you, for the sake of your son Jesus. Amen.
BLESS: God of all creation, through your word open our eyes to see the new things you are doing. Help us rejoice in your faithfulness in the past and look forward to it in the future. Amen.