Where You Are
God brings comfort to us. We don’t have to wait for things to be perfect to pursue godliness. God hears our cry from the “wilderness” of our lives. […]
BIBLICAL REFLECTIONRead Isaiah 40:1-11 Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God. 2 Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that she has served her term, that her penalty is paid, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins. 3 A voice cries out: ‘In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. 4 Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. 5 Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all people shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.’ 6 A voice says, ‘Cry out!’ And I said, ‘What shall I cry?’ All people are grass, their constancy is like the flower of the field. 7 The grass withers, the flower fades, when the breath of the Lord blows upon it; surely the people are grass. 8 The grass withers, the flower fades; but the word of our God will stand for ever. 9 Get you up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good tidings; lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good tidings, lift it up, do not fear; say to the cities of Judah, ‘Here is your God!’ 10 See, the Lord God comes with might, and his arm rules for him; his reward is with him, and his recompense before him. 11 He will feed his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms, and carry them in his bosom, and gently lead the mother sheep.
- What is the “comfort, O comfort” message God has for the people?
- The way of the Lord will be made in the wilderness. For what purpose?
- How are “all people” described?
- To what are “all people” contrasted with?
- What command(s) does the messenger receive?
- Describe the image of God used to illustrate how God will treat the people.
- What makes this “the most wonderful time of the year?” Is it?
- What have you learned about the “way of God” lately?
- Can you identify a “wilderness” time in your life that God show you his way out of?
- How do you decide if God is punishing you or not?
- If someone were to ask you, “What is the ‘way’ of God?’ what would you say?
- Interpret Bishop Schnase’s idea that “Methodism had ‘get out’ instincts but has become a ‘come to’ denomination.” Do you agree?
RECALLING THE MESSAGE
- What image or illustration from the passage and/or Sunday’s message caught your attention most?
- What other questions do you have about the passage and/or message?
- In what ways did the Holy Spirit challenge you through the message?
- What do you have to do to make the message mean something to you?
PRAYER FOCUSPray that our church would be a place that people learn the way of God. May the Lord give us the ideas and compassion we need to help each other walk in the way of God and share it with other people. Ask God to give us confidence to “get out” where people need to hear of God’s love and mercy.
SCRIPTURE TO HEARTMemorize this passage from scripture: A voice cries out: ‘In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. -Isaiah 40:3
- Youth Christmas Caroling
Friday, December 15th
Our youth group visits members and friends in the nursing home and those who are home bound to sing Christmas carols with them. If you would like them to visit someone you know in Corpus, contact our office.
Christmas Cantata Sunday, December 17th @ 6:30pm Our choir has been preparing a musical message for you. Come hear the sounds of Christmas, and make this a family tradition. Of course, there’s always a great time to be had at the fellowship time afterwards.
Sidewalk Christmas Wednesday, December 20th We’ll have holiday treats and music available on the church sidewalk. Come and have fun and enjoy a bit of Christian fellowship.
Service of the Longest Night Thursday, December 21st @ 7pm In all the Winter Wonderland and Most Wonderful Time of the Year feelings, it’s easy to forget that the holidays are often a difficult time for many people. We take time to pause and recognize the hurt and loss many of us feel during the holidays.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Sunday, December 24th @ 7pm It’s Christmas! Celebrate the Savior’s birth as we worship together.
New Year’s Eve Worship Sunday, December 31st @ 7pm We’ll usher the New Year with a time of worship, prayer and sharing. Let’s give God thanks for the year that has passed and prayerfully look forward to 2018!
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Continue to pray for those in California dealing with the fires.