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Lessons & Questions for December 9, 2018


Here is the link to the lessons for this coming Sunday:
https://lectionarypage.net/YearC_RCL/Advent/CAdv2_RCL.html
Here are questions for us to prayerfully consider as we prepare for worship:


Malachi 3:1-4  The Christian Old Testament is arranged differently from the Hebrew Bible. The main difference is that the prophets are placed last in the Christian OT. This creates the sense of anticipation that Christians believe is fulfilled in Jesus. These verses are near the end of the last book in the OT. To whom do they point? How did that messenger fulfill the promise? 


Canticle 4 or 16 This canticle is read regularly for Morning Prayer. It is from the words attributed to John the Baptist's father, Zechariah. Try praying this canticle as often as you can this week.


Philippians 1:3-11  This is Paul's prayer from prison:  "...that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight to help you to determine what is best, so that in the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless, having produced the harvest of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God." It seems our Presiding Bishop Michael has read this prayer as he so often talks about the way of love. What does overflowing love look like? Have you ever experienced it? 


Luke 3:1-6  Like the Christmas story in Luke 2, the author takes care to set the gospel story in a historical context. Yet he is pointing to something within history that transcends history-- that radical change is coming that will transform our world. How do you see this being fulfilled through history and today? And in the future?


Please pray for me as I prepare to preach and for all of us as we prepare to hear and respond to God's Word. And remember to use your Advent devotional booklet!

 
Keith +