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Advent Devotions, 2016 Week 3

Lighting the First Candle Lumière de Dieu

You are invited to look at the candle and then take on an expression of awe: eyes wide, mouth open, shoulders back. Imagine a wonderful sight as you look at the candle. Our bodies can help teach us the joy of wonder.

Hold for a few moments the expression of awe.

Lighting the Second Candle Lumière de Dieu

You are invited to stand on tiptoe. If you are seated, lift your heels for a moment. I invite you to look at the second Advent candle. Imagine wanting to see something or someone very special. Our bodies can help teach us the anticipation of wonder.

We stand on tiptoe for a moment.

Lighting the Third Candle Lumière de Dieu

With the third candle we are invited to dance. If you are seated you can dance with your body and arms and head. Imagine in the light of the third Advent candle, stars and angels, God’s vision for you, for our world. Our bodies can help teach us joy.

We dance for a moment, but each to our own rhythm.

Bible Readings and Reflections for Each Day Sunday Bible reading Isaiah 35:10

Bible Readings and Reflections for Each Day

Sunday Bible reading Isaiah 35:10

Reflection
The prophet Isaiah places before us a vision of God, sorrow and sighing shall flee away. Sometimes we experience something amazing and dance. But it can also work the other way, if we dance, our bodies begin to teach us joy and gladness. Today we dance the light. God’s vision dances in our midst. Our bodies embody God’s vision.

Song for Dancing the Vision He came down

Monday Bible reading Isaiah 35:1-3

Reflection
Our bodies can teach us. Even if we don’t feel strong, taking a posture of power can release what we need to become stronger. For thirty seconds or a minute, flex your muscles and garner your body’s strength.
Give thanks for the strength God gives.

Tuesday Bible Reading Matthew 11:2-6a

Reflection
When someone arrives with really good news, how does that person’s body communicate excitement even before he or she tells it? Take a moment to practice with your body an attitude of good news. Give thanks for the good news of Jesus Christ.

Wednesday Bible Reading Psalm 146:5-10

Wednesday Bible Reading Psalm 146:5-10

Reflection
When we are happy, we usually smile. But it can also work the other way. If we practice smiling, we become happier. Take thirty seconds to smile. Thank God for the gift of promise of hope.

Thursday Bible Reading James 5:7-10

Reflection
We know what impatience looks like. But it is more difficult to imagine what someone looks like when he or she is patient. Take a moment and let your body be impatient. Then try and relax. What happens as you try to enact patience? Can your body become patient enough to teach you patience?

Friday Bible Reading Isaiah 35:5-8

Reflection
The posture of fear is easy to adopt. Harder is finding how we embody being redeemed. See if you can start with an attitude of fear and then slowly transform your position to one demonstrating redemption. Give thanks to God who makes a way for us.

Saturday Bible Reading Matthew 11:7-11

Reflection
John the Baptist is remembered as a prophet, someone who received God’s word and shared it with others. What posture helps you receive God’s word? Is there a way you position yourself that assists in your praying? Give thanks for God’s spirit, speaking to us, giving us visions to share.

Closing Prayer Let us pray:

God, dancing new life into old bones,
and wisdom into young hearts,
put within us a vision of your love,
and a love of your vision embodied in your Beloved, Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray.

Amen.

in whose name we pray. Amen.

Hymn of Praise O come, O come, Emmanuel

 
Week2 devotions

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Advent Devotions, 2016 Week 2

Song for Lighting the First Candle Lumière de Dieu

Take a moment to look at the flame and breathe in the light.

Prayer
Keep before us a vision of peace, God of mercy, the peace you see,
so we become the peacemakers you intend us to be, through Jesus Christ. Amen.

Song for Lighting the Second Candle Lumière de Dieu Bible Readings and Reflections for Each Day

Sunday Bible reading Monday Bible Reading

Reflection:

Isaiah 2:4 Isaiah 11:1-5

Wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, knowledge: these are key words in Isaiah’s vision. From where do you receive wisdom and understanding? Where do you look for counsel? What is the source of knowledge for you? In an age of lies, when truth has fallen in the street, what in this ancient vision from Isaiah sustains us? In our time, how do we find place for fearing the Lord?

If there are children present, you might ask them how they learn. You might talk about your joy in learning, and about a wisdom and understanding that results from continuing to learn. What role does God’s Word play in the spirit of knowledge?

Tuesday Bible Reading Matthew 3:7-9

Reflection:

God’s vision does not leave any room for pride. Just when we thump our chests about how just or how Christian, or how right we are, John the Baptist would remind us that God can make out of stones people who are just and right and Christian. What vision can make us strong of conviction and at the same time keep us from separating ourselves from others? What in God’s vision calls you to turn, another way of translating, repent?

If there are children present, you might talk together about repentance as turning around when you’re going the wrong way. When have you been going the wrong way? When and how did you realize it was time to turn around?

Wednesday Bible Reading Isaiah 11:7-11

Reflection:

This section of Isaiah is often given the title, the peaceable kingdom. It is a rather outlandish vision that sees creation healed so there is no more hurt or destruction. Most of us dare not dream so outside our reality. Nevertheless, what does this strange vision of peace evoke in you? What small steps might you take to reduce hurt and destruction? How might the knowledge of the Lord transform your sense of what matters?

If there are children present, you might talk about the animals in the text. Which animals are acting funny? What might make them act this way?

Thursday Bible Reading Matthew 3:1-6

Reflection:

Sometimes we have a vision about how things should be, but it seems too far away. John preaches that it comes near in Jesus. How does God’s vision of peace come near to you? How does the kingdom of heaven shape your daily life?

If there are children present, talk about the strange way John dressed and the strange food he ate. Why do you think he dressed and ate this way? What does it mean for you to prepare for Jesus’s coming? How might you prepare this Advent?

Friday Bible Reading Psalm 72:1-7

Reflection:

As we move toward the story of Jesus’s birth, some of the readings point to the people’s hope for a good and righteous ruler. Pray for rulers and leaders throughout the world today—for leadership that is just and compassionate, that defends the cause of the poor and needy, that looks toward a vision of peace.

If there are children present, ask about kings and queens they know from stories. What makes a good king or queen?

Saturday Bible Reading Romans 15:7-13

Reflection:
In this passage, Paul refers to Isaiah’s vision of a branch growing out of the root of Jesse (Isaiah 11:1). What does it mean for you to think of Jesus as a branch growing from a root, or a shoot growing from a stump? How is Jesus a sign of life and growth for you?

If there are children present, you could invite them to draw a picture of a branch or a green shoot. Or you could look in your garden or a nearby park for an example.

 
Week1 devotions

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Advent Devotions, 2016 Week 1

Lumière de Dieu

Bible Readings and Reflections for Each Day

Sunday Bible reading Isaiah 2:4 Monday Bible Reading Matthew 24:36-39

Reflection:

Everyday life can pull against purpose, goal, vision. It takes so much time, eating and drinking, buying and paying for what we buy, checking Facebook, answering emails, that we can lose sight of what we thought our lives were about. What moments do you treasure that provide the crack in the wall that lets the light of God’s peace shine through? In what ways does your schedule defeat you? What remnant of God’s vision might be lurking in you, awaiting your attention?
If you have children present, you might talk about your daily schedule. What time is there for quiet and reflection away from the distraction of phones and computers?

Tuesday Bible Reading Isaiah 2:3-5

Reflection:

Walking in the light of the Lord is no easy matter. Sometimes it can seem too large a task to really follow God’s path of peace. The vision seems too grand and consuming. Nevertheless, God’s vision remains steady. What might you learn today about following God’s vision? What crack might you open in your defenses so the light of Christ might inform what you do and who you are? What instruction awaits you that might turn you around and make you new, even if in a small way?

If you have children present, you might have them share a little about what going to church means to them. Ask them how they are learning God’s ways.

Wednesday Bible Reading Matthew 24:40-44

Reflection:

Often it is worry or guilt or shame that keeps us awake. But sometimes it is a vision, clear and compelling, that stirs us from sleep. We arise sure about what we must do in the morning. What dream calls to you that awakens your spirit and give you energy? How does God’s vision of peace shape you?

If you have children present, you might ask them about their dreams, particularly if they have good dreams, not just monster ones.

Thursday Bible Reading Psalm 122

Reflection:

A few of our community have just returned from visiting Jerusalem. It is hardly a city of peace. Walls and towers abound, but they separate rather than bind together. But Jerusalem is not the only place of conflict. Sometimes it is as close as our own families. God’s vision of peace means seeking the good of others, even those with whom we disagree. Take this day as a special day to pray for peace. Since it is World AIDS Day, pray for those with HIV/AIDS. Pray for peace within.
If you have children present, you might ask where they see fighting. Then pray about this.

Friday Bible Reading Romans 13:11-12a

Reflection:

The big word here is salvation. The original Greek word can also be translated deliverance, welfare, healing, wholeness, rescue. How does your vision of God’s peace change when you add the word, salvation? How does the word, salvation change for you when you add the vision of God’s peace?

If you have children present, you might ask them what they feel they need to be rescued from.

Saturday Bible Reading Romans 13:12b-14

Reflection:
What would it mean for you to put on Christ? If you are not ready for the whole armor of

light, what might be a first step towards letting Christ surround you? What crack in the wall might allow the light of Christ to be in you?
If you have children present, you might ask them about who Jesus is for them. What might it mean to follow Christ more carefully?

Prayer

Everlasting light,
shining sure in the night,
but fragile within the glare of the world, awaken us to your presence,
so we do not lose the vision of your peace, releasing us from selfish care
to wear gentleness, goodness and right
in all we do and say,
bearing the image of your Beloved,
light embodied and alive,
Jesus Christ. Amen.

 
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Prayer for the Week

 

 

Gracious God, holding before us the plate with the bread of life, offered without money or price, yet priceless, satisfying, rich:
open our mouths to receive your goodness, so that whatever hungers devil us,
we taste your love and turn to your Beloved,
Jesus Christ. Amen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Bulletin announcements:  11th December 2016

 


“Lord Nelson Mass” by Haydn – Last Sunday evening's Advent concert is now on-line.

Christmas Worship at the ELCG
The English-Speaking Congregation will hold worship services both on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day:
24 December, Christmas Eve – Worship at 17h00: with candle lighting, but no Communion during this service
25 December, Christmas Day – Worship at 11h00

All are welcome—bring friends and family along with you!

Escalade Soup Sale – Today
Every December, our congregation sells soup and vin chaud in the church garden during the Escalade festivities to raise money for the church building fund. This year, the sale will take place on Sunday 11 December. You can help by assisting with set-up or selling soup and wine during the afternoon and evening. We finish up around 19h00, and there is no better spot to watch the Escalade procession. Can you help out? Talk to Philippa Bowen today.

Next Sunday – Presentation on ELCG Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
This past November, members of our congregation traveled to Israel/Palestine for 10 days of visiting biblical sites and living communities. On Sunday 18 December, some of the travelers will be sharing stories, impressions, and photographs from the trip. The presentation will take place following worship.

Tuesday Evening Bible Study
An evening Bible study takes place in the Gemeinderaum on Tuesdays from 19h30 to 21h00. We are using Carol Miller’s Good News for All: the Gospel of Luke from the Kerygma series. Please join us. All are welcome! 

Sunday Morning Study in Advent – On Climate Change and Inequality
This Advent, a group will be reading through Pope Francis’s recent Encyclical on Climate Change and Inequality: On Care for Our Common Home. This important statement addresses one of the key concerns of our time from a thoughtful theological perspective.

Interested in joining in this four-week study together? We meet each Sunday in Advent from 9h45 to 10h45. All are welcome.

Prayer Group Thursday 15 December
The Prayer group will meet this Thursday 15 December at 18h45 in the church. All are welcome. Contact Kiki Lawal for more information.

Updating the Gemeinderaum Photo Board
The photo board in the Gemeinderaum, with pictures of our church members, is in need of updating! This morning, Johnny Camaddo will be available to take pictures for anyone who either doesn’t have a photo on the board or whose photo is out of date. Please see Johnny following the service today! You may also send a photo directly to the church office by email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Children’s Choir
On Saturday 14 January, 10h00 to noon in the church, Terry MacArthur will practice with children ages 6–12, preparing a song for Sunday 15 January. The commitment would be for both Saturday and Sunday morning. The rehearsal will be conducted in English, and will include a mid-morning snack and also preparation for involvement in other parts of the worship service. If you have children who might be interested, please talk with Terry, or email him at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it so he can prepare for those who come. We had a good time last October when we did this, but it is not restricted to those who participated then.

Giving and Finances Update
As of 1 December, we still need approximately CHF 50,000 in income to fund our ministry for this year. This sounds like a lot of money, but joining together in our efforts, we have faith that we can reach this goal.

If you haven’t yet given this year, now is the time. If you have given already, consider an additional gift in appreciation for this community and its ministry.
Please consider giving generously in December. It's essential to funding this ministry that means so much to so many.

 

Contributions by USD CheckIf you normally give via USD check, there is a possibility that it can still be processed in 2016 if we receive it next Sunday 18 December at the latest.


Please consider giving generously in December. It's essential to funding this ministry that means so much to so many.

 


Calendar of the coming week:  12th December

 

Tuesday  13th December

Luke Bible study at the church - 19h30

 

Thursday 15th December

Confirmation class at the church - 17h00

Prayer group at the church - 18h45

Choir practice at the church - 20h00

 

 

Sunday 18th December

Class: Climate Change & Inequality, at the church - 09h45

Worship on the Fourth Sunday of Advent - 11h00   Pastor Rev. Andy Willis preaching and presiding.
Texts: Isaiah 7:10-16;  Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19;  Romans 1:1-7;  Matthew 1:18-25

 

Calendar: 'Refreshments schedule full year 2016' - view PDF file

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