Sermon Title: “Restore Us, O God: PEACE
Scripture: Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13
On this Second Sunday of Advent, the theme will be PEACE; the Peace that passes all understanding. During the season of Advent, we light a candle on the Advent Wreath for different themes each week. This past week it was for “Restoring our hope. This week it is to restore our peace. Dec. 11th it will be to restore our joy and Dec. 18th to retore our love.
As we reflect on this season of Advent, we know that hope comes to us as a gift from God, so too does peace. Another word I like to use for peace is “serenity” which reminds me of the Serenity Prayer: “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change…courage to change those things I can and wisdom to know the difference.” At this time, I do not remember the author of this prayer, but I do give them credit. I did not write this myself.
If you are interested in hearing more about this “peace”, join us in worship on Sunday at 10:45AM and be challenged to send a peace package this year to someone special. We will be celebrating December birthdays, having a Christmas cookie sale and a time of fellowship. All are welcome.
Thought for the week: God can turn obstacles into opportunities.
Let us pray: Compassionate God, for those who feel weighed down by their holiday obligations, or who have lost sight of the promise essential in waiting, or who have lost the faith you have put in them: we pray that they might be inspired, to receive with joy the signs of your presence. Receive the hope, the peace, the joy and the love. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.