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Dec 3, 2023 – 8:00am – 1. Wonderful Counselor

Welcoming – Pastor Stuart

Online Moment – Online Minister Ernie

Hymn Sing – Pastor Dave

Advent Candles – Lyle & Anita Adams

Pastoral Prayer – Silent Prayer, Lord’s Prayer – Pastor Stuart

Scripture Reading – Online Minister Ernie

Message – 1. Wonderful Counselor

Communion – Pastors Dave, Linda & Stuart

Benediction

Response – Let There be Peace on Earth #431

Isaiah 9:2-7 New Revised Standard Version

2 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness – on them light has shined.

3 You have multiplied exultation; you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as people exult when dividing plunder.

4 For the yoke of their burden and the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian.

5 For all the boots of the tramping warriors and all the garments rolled in blood shall be burned as fuel for the fire.

6 For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders, and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

7 Great will be his authority, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom. He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time onward and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.

In their witness of Jesus, the early Christians relied heavily on Old Testament anticipations of the coming Messiah. Wonderful counselor implies wise governance.  The New Testament expected the Messiah to be received as a king, hence our Christmas carols are filled with royal imagery. Js came into ominous political situation dominated by Roman Empire with its coercive military presence & tax system. Jesus is a surprising alternative who evokes both amazement & opposition. Jesus display unparalleled wisdom & compassion.  Jesus as wonderful counselor is extraordinary: he exhibits authority unlike other religious leaders. His governance does not conform to old patterns of abuse & exploitation.

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