English Worship 12.11 – Advent 3

“We gather each week for Christian worship and fellowship, following a historic tradition that unites people of diverse backgrounds by the sharing of the Good News of Jesus Christ.”

We are glad you are here, from wherever you are – rejoicing in the hope of our Savior Jesus!
Below, please find our Sermon audio, bible readings and some songs. Set some time aside today if you are able, either alone or with some friends or family, and enter into an intentional time of worship with our God. May He bless you today and may you know that Jesus is always with you! 🙂

Bible Readings 

Isaiah 35:1-10
【Isa 35:1】The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus,

【Isa 35:2】it will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy. The glory of Lebanon will be given to it, the splendor of Carmel and Sharon; they will see the glory of the Lord, the splendor of our God

【Isa 35:3】Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way;

【Isa 35:4】say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you.”

【Isa 35:5】Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped.

【Isa 35:6】Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy. Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert.

【Isa 35:7】The burning sand will become a pool, the thirsty ground bubbling springs. In the haunts where jackals once lay, grass and reeds and papyrus will grow.

【Isa 35:8】And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness; it will be for those who walk on that Way. The unclean will not journey on it; wicked fools will not go about on it.

【Isa 35:9】No lion will be there, nor any ravenous beast; they will not be found there. But only the redeemed will walk there,

【Isa 35:10】and those the Lord has rescued will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.

Matthew 11:2-15

【Mat 11:2】When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples

【Mat 11:3】to ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?”

【Mat 11:4】Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see:

【Mat 11:5】The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy ( The Greek word traditionally translated leprosy was used for various diseases affecting the skin. ) are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor.

【Mat 11:6】Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.”

【Mat 11:7】As John’s disciples were leaving, Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed swayed by the wind?

【Mat 11:8】If not, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No, those who wear fine clothes are in kings’ palaces.

【Mat 11:9】Then what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.

【Mat 11:10】This is the one about whom it is written: “‘I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.’ ( Mal.3:1 )

【Mat 11:11】Truly I tell you, among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet whoever is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

【Mat 11:12】From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been subjected to violence, ( Or been forcefully advancing ) and violent people have been raiding it.

【Mat 11:13】For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John.

【Mat 11:14】And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come.

【Mat 11:15】Whoever has ears, let them hear.chaff with unquenchable fire.”

Sermon 
Prayer

Spend some time in prayer with our Heavenly Father. He asks us to pray, to talk with Him. Like a father and his child. Bring to Him your problems and your difficult situations. Bring to Him your hopes and desires. Praise Him and give Him thanks for all He’s done. 

Share your life with Him, 

because He loves you.

Go in peace and serve the Lord!

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