Sunday, December 4th

Longing:  An Advent Devotional Overland Park Church of the Nazarene Advent 2016 Sunday, December 4th   CONNECT As we continue our journey in Advent, let us sing, pray, and study our hopes and promises for our Savior:   Call to Worship The Spirit and the church cry out; Come, Lord Jesus. All those who await his appearance pray: Come, Lord Jesus. The whole creation pleads: Come, Lord Jesus.   Opening Prayer O God, in Jesus you showed us your mercy:  Enlighten your people by your Spirit, that we may walk with integrity. Teach us the meaning of your justice, so that your dominion may be increased upon earth; through Jesus Christ our Redeemer.  Amen.     Hymn Hark, the glad sound!  The Savior comes, The Savior promised long; Let ev’ry heart prepare a throne And every voice a song.   On him the Spirit largely poured Exerts its sacred fire; Wisdom and might and zeal and love His holy heart inspire.   He comes to set the prisoners free In Satan’s bondage held; The gates of brass before him burst, The iron fetters yield.   He comes the broken heart to bind,  The bleeding soul to cure; And with the treasures of his grace Enriches all the pure   His silver trumpets publish loud The jubilee of the Lord, Our debts are all remitted now, Our heritage restored.   Our glad hosannas, Prince of peace Your welcome shall proclaim,  And heaven’s exalted arches ring With your beloved name. —Philip Doddridge   GROW:  Isaiah 11:1-10     Our scripture today offers us a vision of the one true leader of heaven and earth.  The vision of this leader comes in the form of the final oracle of the Messiah in the book of Isaiah.  The context of the oracle is a period of great tension at a time of war in 733 BC.  At that time the Northern Kingdom of Israel and the Aramaeans sought to pressure Judah and King Ahaz to join them in their revolt against Assyria.  King Ahaz sides with the Assyrians, which makes the prophet Isaiah very unhappy.       In answer to this failed attempt at appeasement Isaiah envisions a young king, who “exudes vitality and strength, severity and a brilliance of joy; deep wisdom is in his eyes.”  The oracle tells us that this new king appears like a shoot of new growth on the stump of Jesse, or a new branch bursting forth from the root of Jesse.  This is an odd expression, but it signifies for us the beginning of some new and beautiful gift from God coming from the family tree of King David’s father, Jesse.  The new king will be filled with the Spirit of God, and he will bring Justice and Peace to the earth.        Isaiah tells us that the new young king will execute righteous judgment over the earth.  He will be an advocate for the poor and marginalized, the dispossessed of the earth.  What the world needs first and foremost is a king who will act in perfect righteous and offer justice to God’s creation.  We long for this.  Only the new young king, the Messiah, the Son of God, Immanuel, God with us can offer such justice. SERVE     Today, write a letter of thanksgiving to your Savior.  In that letter describe the ways you see Jesus bringing justice in your life and in your world.  At the end of your giving thanks offer to God the places where you hope to see God’s justice being offered in the days to come.   —Pastor Phil Hamner

Longing:  An Advent Devotional

Overland Park Church of the Nazarene

Advent 2016

Sunday, December 4th

 

CONNECT

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

 

Call to Worship

The Spirit and the church cry out;

Come, Lord Jesus.

All those who await his appearance pray:

Come, Lord Jesus.

The whole creation pleads:

Come, Lord Jesus.

 

Opening Prayer

O God, in Jesus you showed us your mercy:  Enlighten your people by your Spirit,

that we may walk with integrity. Teach us the meaning of your justice, so that your dominion may be increased upon earth; through Jesus Christ our Redeemer.  Amen.  

 

Hymn

Hark, the glad sound!  The Savior comes,

The Savior promised long;

Let ev’ry heart prepare a throne

And every voice a song.

 

On him the Spirit largely poured

Exerts its sacred fire;

Wisdom and might and zeal and love

His holy heart inspire.

 

He comes to set the prisoners free

In Satan’s bondage held;

The gates of brass before him burst,

The iron fetters yield.

 

He comes the broken heart to bind, 

The bleeding soul to cure;

And with the treasures of his grace

Enriches all the pure

 

His silver trumpets publish loud

The jubilee of the Lord,

Our debts are all remitted now,

Our heritage restored.

 

Our glad hosannas, Prince of peace

Your welcome shall proclaim, 

And heaven’s exalted arches ring

With your beloved name.

—Philip Doddridge

 

GROW:  Isaiah 11:1-10

    Our scripture today offers us a vision of the one true leader of heaven and earth.  The vision of this leader comes in the form of the final oracle of the Messiah in the book of Isaiah.  The context of the oracle is a period of great tension at a time of war in 733 BC.  At that time the Northern Kingdom of Israel and the Aramaeans sought to pressure Judah and King Ahaz to join them in their revolt against Assyria.  King Ahaz sides with the Assyrians, which makes the prophet Isaiah very unhappy.  

    In answer to this failed attempt at appeasement Isaiah envisions a young king, who “exudes vitality and strength, severity and a brilliance of joy; deep wisdom is in his eyes.”  The oracle tells us that this new king appears like a shoot of new growth on the stump of Jesse, or a new branch bursting forth from the root of Jesse.  This is an odd expression, but it signifies for us the beginning of some new and beautiful gift from God coming from the family tree of King David’s father, Jesse.  The new king will be filled with the Spirit of God, and he will bring Justice and Peace to the earth.  

     Isaiah tells us that the new young king will execute righteous judgment over the earth.  He will be an advocate for the poor and marginalized, the dispossessed of the earth.  What the world needs first and foremost is a king who will act in perfect righteous and offer justice to God’s creation.  We long for this.  Only the new young king, the Messiah, the Son of God, Immanuel, God with us can offer such justice.

SERVE

    Today, write a letter of thanksgiving to your Savior.  In that letter describe the ways you see Jesus bringing justice in your life and in your world.  At the end of your giving thanks offer to God the places where you hope to see God’s justice being offered in the days to come.  

—Pastor Phil Hamner