Isaiah 11:1-3 A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him— the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the LORD—and he will delight in the fear of the LORD. He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears
Today marks the start of our new church year. Advent, our four Sundays leading to Christmas, starts us on the Journey to Bethlehem. Jesus was of the house of David, perhaps the best King Israel ever had. Jesse was a long past ancestor as well, and the prophecy was that from Jesse the savior of Israel would appear. This prophecy in Isaiah foretells us of Jesus coming. Today we light our first candle, Hope, in the belief that from God hope will guide us along this journey.
Prayer of the Day. Stir up your power, Lord Jesus, and come. By your merciful protection awaken us to the threatening dangers of our sins and keep us blameless until the coming of your new day, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. AMEN (LBW, Year B, Page 18) ... See MoreSee Less