Third Sunday in Advent At-Home Service for Dec 13

On the Third Sunday in Advent, we focus on Hope. Hope is a longing for something that either has not been present in the past or is not present now.  As St. Paul asked in his letter to the Romans (8:24-25), “…who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.”

Follow along with the Third Sunday in Advent at-home Sunday Service for December 13

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Pastor Rike’s Sermon


Those addressed in the passage read today from Isaiah also seemed to have hopes that their situation would be different. The way those people were addressed also recalled what they had endured. The prophet spoke to the poor or oppressed, the brokenhearted, and the captives.

The poor or oppressed are those who Jesus mentioned as being meek (Matthew 5:5). They are the ones who look to God because they do not have the power or influence to change history. They do not have the strength to muscle their way in the world or make circumstances conform to their desires. God is their hope.

The brokenhearted have been through the emotional grinder. The things that brought them comfort and that they most cherished in this world have been destroyed. They hope in God because He is the only one who can accomplish the healing they desire.

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Follow along with the service on video led by Pastor David Rike with music performed by Randy Broker

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Third Sunday in Advent Sunday Service for December 13 includes: Presentation of the Jesse Tree Ornaments by the Anderson Family, Lighting of the Advent Candles, First Reading Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 read by Rob Turner, Holy Gospel John 1:6-8, 19-28 read by Pastor David Rike, Sermon by Pastor David Rike, Hymn: Hark, the Glad Sound! performed by Randy Broker, Prayers and Lord’s Prayer, Blessing