Day 12 of Advent
Jim H. (2007)
What Joy has Jesus Brought to You?
Bring yourself and your spirit of worship.
Bring reverence for God and His house.
Bring your offering (the tithe plus).
Bring a spirit of love and fellowship.
Bring a hearty handshake and a smile.
Bring a kind word and helpful thoughts.
Bring your willingness to help sing,
and sing out of your heart.
Bring a friend or relative.
Be sure to bring your visiting friend.
Bring your best each Sunday to Church.
Get the church going habit.
Nancy N. (2007)
Joy from Jesus...
God, my heavenly Father, by sending His Son, Jesus, born as a poor baby in a lowly manager, to die alone and forsaken on a cross for my sins, has showed me the greatest love ever and given me security for my life here and forevermore. This brings me great joy.
Let us celebrate Christmas and Easter and Communion in remembrance of this love.
Rod H. (2005)
All who love mercy and demand justice for all persons, seek the spirit of Jesus Christ. Seek Him, not only those of you who hunger and thirst for personal salvation, and for the birthright of righteousness, but all who yearn for peace and community. Jesus, great guiding principle of our lives, teacher of the ultimate wisdom, scourge of complacency, shield of the humble, refuge of the helpless, champion of righteousness, foe of sin, great voice of reason and comity, beacon of peace among all nations, model of forbearance, forgiveness and sacrifice, giver of the divine gift of God’s love.
Jack W. (2005)
I seek Jesus for many reasons:
* He created everything
* He gave us Jesus
* When I feel sad and lonely
* When something happens that is good
* When I hear the fire whistle blow
* During a thunder storm
* I thank him for helping me travel safely
* I thank him for making most of my prayers come true.
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Greetings! This year's Advent devotions combine contributions from past years, interlaced with current contributions.
Introduction by the late Irma Ward, Pastor Emeritus:
"It is the prayer of those who have shared their Advent thoughts with you that this Holy Season will bring you a deepening sense of His presence. The One whose name is Emmanuel, God with Us!
Every page is personal witness of this fact, that in Christ we are encouraged, supported, comforted, challenged, forgiven, redeemed, blessed. Here are Scriptures of special meaning to persons in our fellowship; an intimate opening of hearts, a sharing of joy and pain, of promise and fulfillment. Some meditations are written by young children, others by youth and young adults, still others by mature and senior members of our fellowship. Each one reminds us we are one body, bound together in His love.
The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth, we have beheld His Glory. (John 1:14)"