Sunday, December 11th

Longing:  An Advent Devotional Overland Park Church of the Nazarene Advent 2016 Sunday, December 11th   CONNECT As we continue our journey in Advent, let us sing, pray, and study our hopes and promises for our Savior:   Opening Prayer Light of the world, you overcame the power of darkness through the advent of the Christ:  May we see your light and rejoice in your love.  Be born anew within us, that our hearts may be stirred to glorify the nativity with acts of justice and love; through Jesus Christ, the source of our hope.  Amen.     Hymn (Sung to the tune O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing) The King shall come when morning dawns And light triumphant breaks, When beauty gilds the eastern hills And life to joy awakes.   Not as of old a little child, To bear and fight and die, But crowned with glory like the sun That lights the morning sky.   O brighter than that glorious morn Shall he, victorious, rose, And left the lonesome place of death, Despite the rage of foes.   O brighter than that glorious morn Shall this fair morning be, When Christ our King in beauty comes, And we his face shall see!   The King shall come when morning dawns And light and beauty brings; Hail, Christ the Lord! thy people pray, Come quickly, King of kings!  —Anonymous   GROW:  Isaiah 35:1-10     To know your rescue is coming in a time of great crisis is something which gives you a feeling of hope and strength.  When I was a little boy, I loved to ride in the car with my father.  Sometimes I would get to ride with him in his police car, which made me feel extra special.   Other times Dad would take his day off and make it a father and son day together.  It was the summer of 1968, and we were heading out on a father and son day.  We went down to the Ohio River to watch the boats go by, and then we visited my grandmother.  She was such a kind and loving woman, and she was battling cancer at the time.       After our visit Dad promised me a cheeseburger and fries for lunch.  In those days there weren’t a whole lot of options, but not far from our home was a Sandy’s hamburger restaurant.  Back in those days you could pull up to the front of the store, and I could stay in the car with the windows down, while dad picked up our order inside.      As Dad was inside, I started playing in the car, as if I was driving it.  I hit something wrong and the car started rolling backwards.  I couldn’t stop it.  I started screaming and crying, because we were headed to the street.  Without fail, Dad rescued me, and decided I shouldn’t stay in the car alone anymore.  His rescue literally meant life and death for me.     This vision in Isaiah is centered in God’s unbelievable and faithful rescue of all of creation.  In 35:4 we are encourage to “Be strong and do not fear!”  God is coming. God is coming to repay all wrongs and avenge those abused by the political, social, economic and religious leaders of the day.  Ultimately, the promise is for full salvation.  God’s coming is genuine good news for all creation.  God promises to work good and to eliminate all threats.  What a glorious sight of all things new!  SERVE     Today, there are people in our community who are desperate of a rescue from their current dangerous living circumstances.  Many of them simply find it impossible to get out of their precarious situation.  In recent years we have been made aware of just how dangerous life is for young women in and around our community through illegal human traffickingng.  Many ministries are working to rescue these young ladies from their personal nightmare.  Take time today to make a financial gift to the church’s Special Assistance Fund on behalf of human trafficking victims.  The gift can be made online at www.opnazarene.org/gift.   —Pastor Phil Hamner

Longing:  An Advent Devotional

Overland Park Church of the Nazarene

Advent 2016

Sunday, December 11th

 

CONNECT

As we continue our journey in Advent, let us sing, pray, and study our hopes and promises for our Savior:

 

Opening Prayer

Light of the world, you overcame the power of darkness through the advent of the Christ:  May we see your light and rejoice in your love.  Be born anew within us, that our hearts may be stirred to glorify the nativity with acts of justice and love; through Jesus Christ, the source of our hope.  Amen.  

 

Hymn

(Sung to the tune O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing)

The King shall come when morning dawns

And light triumphant breaks,

When beauty gilds the eastern hills

And life to joy awakes.

 

Not as of old a little child,

To bear and fight and die,

But crowned with glory like the sun

That lights the morning sky.

 

O brighter than that glorious morn

Shall he, victorious, rose,

And left the lonesome place of death,

Despite the rage of foes.

 

O brighter than that glorious morn

Shall this fair morning be,

When Christ our King in beauty comes,

And we his face shall see!

 

The King shall come when morning dawns

And light and beauty brings;

Hail, Christ the Lord! thy people pray,

Come quickly, King of kings! 

—Anonymous

 

GROWIsaiah 35:1-10

    To know your rescue is coming in a time of great crisis is something which gives you a feeling of hope and strength.  When I was a little boy, I loved to ride in the car with my father.  Sometimes I would get to ride with him in his police car, which made me feel extra special.   Other times Dad would take his day off and make it a father and son day together.  It was the summer of 1968, and we were heading out on a father and son day.  We went down to the Ohio River to watch the boats go by, and then we visited my grandmother.  She was such a kind and loving woman, and she was battling cancer at the time.  

    After our visit Dad promised me a cheeseburger and fries for lunch.  In those days there weren’t a whole lot of options, but not far from our home was a Sandy’s hamburger restaurant.  Back in those days you could pull up to the front of the store, and I could stay in the car with the windows down, while dad picked up our order inside. 

    As Dad was inside, I started playing in the car, as if I was driving it.  I hit something wrong and the car started rolling backwards.  I couldn’t stop it.  I started screaming and crying, because we were headed to the street.  Without fail, Dad rescued me, and decided I shouldn’t stay in the car alone anymore.  His rescue literally meant life and death for me.

    This vision in Isaiah is centered in God’s unbelievable and faithful rescue of all of creation.  In 35:4 we are encourage to “Be strong and do not fear!”  God is coming. God is coming to repay all wrongs and avenge those abused by the political, social, economic and religious leaders of the day.  Ultimately, the promise is for full salvation.  God’s coming is genuine good news for all creation.  God promises to work good and to eliminate all threats.  What a glorious sight of all things new! 

SERVE

    Today, there are people in our community who are desperate of a rescue from their current dangerous living circumstances.  Many of them simply find it impossible to get out of their precarious situation.  In recent years we have been made aware of just how dangerous life is for young women in and around our community through illegal human traffickingng.  Many ministries are working to rescue these young ladies from their personal nightmare.  Take time today to make a financial gift to the church’s Special Assistance Fund on behalf of human trafficking victims.  The gift can be made online at www.opnazarene.org/gift.  

Pastor Phil Hamner