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GREETINGS FROM WORSHIP PLANNERS – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2022

A ZOOM SERVICE

Third Sunday of Advent

We light the Joy Candle

Matthew 1:18-25 and Isaiah 25:1-10

Our friend, The Angel, is back. This time appearing to Joseph in a dream with the usual angel salutation: “Be not afraid!” The angel goes on to explain that what is conceived in Mary is “from the Holy Spirit.”

The pregnant fiancée could have been a big problem but Joseph, after considering his Dream, with grace chooses the better way. He takes up his role as husband to Mary and father to Jesus.

The Isaiah passage is a vision of a world where the desert blooms “…like the crocus in Spring…” where eyes are opened, ears become unplugged, the voiceless sing, and sorrow flees. A holy road is revealed for the redeemed and “…no lion shall be there…”

At 4 pm, Rev. Carl Hilton-VanOsdall invites us think about what it takes to choose the “better way.” This road or that road? Forgive or hold anger? Nurse a grudge? Stir up trouble? Our lives have many turning points.

Zoom links are found in your Sunday morning email. Tom Jones is our musician. Don’t forget to mail your Christmas Joy offering: CCP at P.O. Box 574, Burlington, VT 05401-0574.