Central United Methodist Church
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Endicott, New York
Central United Methodist Church, Endicott, NY
A Reconciling Congregation

Third Week of Advent
Rev. Dr. Michelle Bogue-Trost
December 11, 2016
      

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DESCRIPTION PRESENTER(s) START TIME
"Hear the Angels Singing" Preparing to Worship 0:29
Greeting Pastor Michelle 3:02
Come, O Redeemer, Come Living Water 3:50
Announcements Bonnie Cole 5:40
Lighting of the Advent Candle Nate Trost, Pastor Michelle 8:40
"Word of God, Come Down on Earth" Song # 182 12:40
A Time for The Child in All of Us Pastor Michelle 15:30
Welcoming New Members Pastor Michelle 18:07
O'Come, O Come" Living Water 23:40
Matthew 11:2-11 Dottie Dauber 26:59
"Mary Did You Know?" Lving Water 29:03
"Blessed Be the God of Israel" Song # 209 33:29
Pastoral Prayer & Lord's Prayer Pastor Michelle 36:14
Isaiah 35:1-10 Erik Dauber 41:45
The Sermon Pastor Mchelle 44:01
"All Earth is Waiting" Song 210 57:48

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Scripture

Matthew 11:2-14   The Message (MSG)

2-3 John, meanwhile, had been locked up in prison. When he got wind of what Jesus was doing, he sent his own disciples to ask, “Are you the One we’ve been expecting, or are we still waiting?”

4-6 Jesus told them, “Go back and tell John what’s going on:

The blind see,
The lame walk,
Lepers are cleansed,
The deaf hear,
The dead are raised,
The wretched of the earth learn that God is on their side.

“Is this what you were expecting? Then count yourselves most blessed!”

7-10 When John’s disciples left to report, Jesus started talking to the crowd about John. “What did you expect when you went out to see him in the wild? A weekend camper? Hardly. What then? A sheik in silk pajamas? Not in the wilderness, not by a long shot. What then? A prophet? That’s right, a prophet! Probably the best prophet you’ll ever hear. He is the prophet that Malachi announced when he wrote, ‘I’m sending my prophet ahead of you, to make the road smooth for you.’

11-14 “Let me tell you what’s going on here: No one in history surpasses John the Baptizer; but in the kingdom he prepared you for, the lowliest person is ahead of him. For a long time now people have tried to force themselves into God’s kingdom. But if you read the books of the Prophets and God’s Law closely, you will see them culminate in John, teaming up with him in preparing the way for the Messiah of the kingdom. Looked at in this way, John is the ‘Elijah’ you’ve all been expecting to arrive and introduce the Messiah.

Isaiah 35   The Message (MSG)

The Voiceless Break into Song

 

35 1-2 Wilderness and desert will sing joyously,
    the badlands will celebrate and flower—
Like the crocus in spring, bursting into blossom,
    a symphony of song and color.
Mountain glories of Lebanon—a gift.
    Awesome Carmel, stunning Sharon—gifts.
God’s resplendent glory, fully on display.
    God awesome, God majestic.

 

3-4 Energize the limp hands,
    strengthen the rubbery knees.
Tell fearful souls,
    “Courage! Take heart!
God is here, right here,
    on his way to put things right
And redress all wrongs.
    He’s on his way! He’ll save you!”

 

5-7 Blind eyes will be opened,
    deaf ears unstopped,
Lame men and women will leap like deer,
    the voiceless break into song.
Springs of water will burst out in the wilderness,
    streams flow in the desert.
Hot sands will become a cool oasis,
    thirsty ground a splashing fountain.
Even lowly jackals will have water to drink,
    and barren grasslands flourish richly.

8-10 There will be a highway
    called the Holy Road.
No one rude or rebellious
    is permitted on this road.
It’s for God’s people exclusively—
    impossible to get lost on this road.
    Not even fools can get lost on it.
No lions on this road,
    no dangerous wild animals—
Nothing and no one dangerous or threatening.
    Only the redeemed will walk on it.
The people God has ransomed
    will come back on this road.
They’ll sing as they make their way home to Zion,
    unfading halos of joy encircling their heads,
Welcomed home with gifts of joy and gladness
    as all sorrows and sighs scurry into the night.

The Message (MSG)

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