9/14/19 - 3:00pm - As of right now NSF has running water, but there is a boil advisory in effect. Therefore, we will have all planned services and classes, but we will not be serving coffee or any meals this Sunday.

Isaiah 9:1-7

Key Verse:

For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
    and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Reflection:

Can you sit with me for a moment? Can we sit together and quietly wonder over this one verse that contains in it more than we could dare dream of? God, in His infinite wisdom, gave us a gift. The gift was not hurled at us, or set beside us, or held over us. Of all the prepositions He holds the power to present, His Son was given to us. The gift was intimately, gently given to us.

To us as a hurting, confused, lost, lonely people a son was given. God did not see to it that the Christ came to us fully grown. No, the Son of Man appeared in our family story as a baby, who we are told, grew in stature, wisdom, and favor with God and man.

Could there be greater intimacy than that? That the crying, helpless babe Christ was laid upon the chest of Mary and raised as a son in their humble family home.

And, oh, but there is more! His name is the full expression of the tender, gracious care of a Father for His children. Without Jesus we would forever sit in the darkness of sin. He alone brings light and wise counsel to us. He alone is a God of Might.

Our fathers will all pass from this earth and be mourned. This Everlasting Father has tasted death but overcame it! He sits now at the right hand of God and He holds the keys to death! He is ushering in His kingdom of peace, where death will be cast away forever.

Lisa Cutler

Prayer:

Everlasting Father, we rejoice in the assurance that you will reign forever! Bring our hearts into your gracious peace that You might be glorified in us as we are made glad in you. Amen.

1 But there will be no gloom for her who was in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he has made glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations.

The people who walked in darkness
    have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
    on them has light shone.
You have multiplied the nation;
    you have increased its joy;
they rejoice before you
    as with joy at the harvest,
    as they are glad when they divide the spoil.
For the yoke of his burden,
    and the staff for his shoulder,
    the rod of his oppressor,
    you have broken as on the day of Midian.
For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult
    and every garment rolled in blood
    will be burned as fuel for the fire.
For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
    and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and of peace
    there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
    to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
    from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.

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