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This Advent 2012 Season, our Sunday readings will be taken from the 40th chapter of the book of the prophet Isaiah, who expresses the dire need of the people for the Lord, and through the prophet, we hear the Lord respond with promises to come.

Prior to each Sunday, there will be daily scripture readings and reflections posted here for your devotional time, in anticipation of the week’s Advent evening service.

The Sunday evening service during Advent will focus on that week’s central verse and theme, along with hymns, prayer, and shared meditation on the meaning of our preparation for the coming of Jesus–His birth and His return. The final Sunday (December 23) will be the Childrens’ Program, culminating in the sharing of God’s Good Tidings for his people. Please join us in worship during this special time as individual children of God, as families raising up our children on His word, as an extended Chapel family and as a broader part of the worldwide church.

First Sunday in Advent –December 2

Comfort My People! Isaiah 40:1-2

“Comfort, comfort my people,” says your God. 2 “Speak kindly to Jerusalem, and tell her that her time of warfare is over, that her punishment is completed. For the Lord has made her pay double for all her sins.”

Second Sunday in Advent–December 9

The Straight Highway Isaiah 40:3-5

A voice cries out, “In the wilderness clear a way for the Lord; construct in the desert a road for our God. 4 Every valley must be elevated, and every mountain and hill leveled. The rough terrain will become a level plain, the rugged landscape a wide valley. 5 The splendor of the Lord will be revealed, and all people will see it at the same time. For the Lord has decreed it.”

Third Sunday in Advent–December16

The Breath of God Isaiah 40:6-8

A voice says, “Cry out!” Another asks, “What should I cry out?” The first voice responds: “All people are like grass, and all their promises are like the flowers in the field. 7 The grass dries up, the flowers wither, when the wind sent by the Lord blows on them. Surely humanity is like grass. 8 The grass dries up, the flowers wither, but the decree of our God is forever reliable.”

Fourth Sunday in Advent–December 23 (Children’s Program)

God’s Good Tidings Isaiah 40:9

Go up on a high mountain, O herald Zion! Shout out loudly, O herald Jerusalem! Shout, don’t be afraid! Say to the towns of Judah, “Here is your God!”

December 24 and 25

Special readings to be announced

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