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2023 Advent Week 1: Hope

December 2, 2023

Today, we light the candle of Hope and read through Isaiah 9:2-7, ending with the song O Holy Night.

Advent At Westside
Advent At Westside
2023 Advent Week 1: Hope
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Sermon Transcript:

Speaker B: Welcome to the first Sunday of Advent with Westside Church. Let us now light our first candle of the season together the candle of hope. Isaiah nine two through seven reads the people who walked in darkness have seen a great light for those who lived in a land of deep shadows. Light, sunbursts of light, you repopulated the nation. You expanded its joy. Oh, they're so glad in your presence. Festival joy. The joy of a great celebration. Sharing rich gifts and warm greetings. For a child has been born. For us, the gift of a son. For us he'll take over the running of the world. His names will be amazing. Counselor strong God, eternal Father, prince of wholeness. His ruling authority will grow and there'll be no limits to the wholeness he brings. He'll rule from the historic David throne over that promised kingdom. He'll put that kingdom on firm footing and keep it going with fair dealing and right living, beginning now and lasting always. The zeal of God, of the angel armies will do all this. Do you hear the hope of this prophecy? There is light in darkness. There is hope in the despair. The people of God believe he will bring hope and righteousness and justice and wholeness to his people. They see a picture of what is to come and they delight in it. And in the same way we can, too. We may not always know what lies ahead, but even in our darkest moments we can trust. God is in that moment and he will be in the next and the next and the next. We have hope because we know that God is good and God does good always. So let us be sure footed this week. Let us stand strong in the hope of Jesus and all he did in coming to earth. And when there are others around us that maybe can't stand on their own, let our hope hold them up as well. Let's pray. God of justice and peace from the heavens you rain down mercy and kindness that all on earth may stand in awe and wonder before your marvelous deeds. Raise our heads in expectation that we may yearn for the coming day of the Lord and stand without blame before your Son Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen.

Speaker A: The stars are brightly shining it is the night of our dear Savior's birth. Long lay the world in sin and erupt till he appear and the soul felt its words a thrill of hope the weary world rejoices for yonder grace a new and glorious morning fall on your knee oh, hear the angel voices all night divide all night when Christ was born all night divine all night all night divine truly taught us to love one another. His love is love and his gospel is peace. Chain shall he break for the slave is our brother and in his name all oppression shall cease sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we let all within us praise his holy name christ is the Lord. All praise his name forever his power and glory ever more lam.