CALL TO WORSHIP
WE PUT OUR HOPE IN YOU ALONE OH LORD
In you, LORD my God,
I put my trust.
I trust in you;
do not let me be put to shame,
nor let my enemies triumph over me.
No one who hopes in you
will ever be put to shame,
but shame will come on those
who are treacherous without cause.
Show me your ways, LORD,
teach me your paths.
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.
Remember, LORD, your great mercy and love,
for they are from of old.
Do not remember the sins of my youth
and my rebellious ways;
according to your love remember me,
for you, LORD, are good.
Good and upright is the LORD;
therefore he instructs sinners in his ways.
He guides the humble in what is right
and teaches them his way.
All the ways of the LORD are loving and faithful
toward those who keep the demands of his covenant.
For the sake of your name, LORD,
forgive my iniquity, though it is great.
We wait in hope for the LORD;
He is our help and our shield.
In Him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in His holy name.
May Your unfailing love be with us, LORD,
even as we put our hope in You.
the thread of hope
1 THESSALONIANS 5:1-11
In a world of uncertainty, doubt, and hopelessness, we hope in the Lord who never fails, never forgets, and never gives up.
This week we light the first candle of Advent, often called the Prophet’s or Prophecy candle as it reminds us of the long record of God coming through on all of His promises.
While we are drawn to put our hope in ourselves, human philosophies and man-made institutions, or charismatic leaders and heroes, history and our own lives show us that all of these will certainly let us down and can never bring us what we truly hope for - peace with God. Today we commonly use the word hope to mean something we wish to be true, something that we want to believe in but which is uncertain. Yet, the Bible points us to put our hope in God alone, who will never, ever let us down and that makes the Christian’s hope 100% secure.
Ever since God’s promise in Genesis 3, the world waited for the hope of a Savior to be fulfilled. In Christ’s first coming, God showed just how much we can trust Him to always fulfill His promises. Now, we who are part of Jesus’ church wait hopefully for His sure return.
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