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Our Advent Journey – Waiting is not a new practice for the People of God. And we are called to be active in our waiting. During Advent we will explore the resources God has given us to help us while we wait.
Worship This Week
THIS WEEK'S SCRIPTURE
Comfort, O comfort my people,
says your God.
2 Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,
and cry to her
that she has served her term,
that her penalty is paid,
that she has received from the LORD’s hand
double for all her sins.
3 A voice cries out:
“In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD,
make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
4 Every valley shall be lifted up,
and every mountain and hill be made low;
the uneven ground shall become level,
and the rough places a plain.
5 Then the glory of the LORD shall be revealed,
and all people shall see it together,
for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”
6 A voice says, “Cry out!”
And I said, “What shall I cry?”
All people are grass,
their constancy is like the flower of the field.
7 The grass withers, the flower fades,
when the breath of the LORD blows upon it;
surely the people are grass.
8 The grass withers, the flower fades;
but the word of our God will stand forever.
9 Get you up to a high mountain,
O Zion, herald of good tidings;
lift up your voice with strength,
O Jerusalem, herald of good tidings,
lift it up, do not fear;
say to the cities of Judah,
“Here is your God!”
10 See, the Lord GOD comes with might,
and his arm rules for him;
his reward is with him,
and his recompense before him.
11 He will feed his flock like a shepherd;
he will gather the lambs in his arms,
and carry them in his bosom,
and gently lead the mother sheep.
John 1:6-8, 19-28
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. 8 He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light.
19 This is the testimony given by John when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” 20 He confessed and did not deny it, but confessed, “I am not the Messiah.” 21 And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the prophet?” He answered, “No.” 22 Then they said to him, “Who are you? Let us have an answer for those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” 23 He said,
“I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness,
‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’”
as the prophet Isaiah said.
24 Now they had been sent from the Pharisees. 25 They asked him, “Why then are you baptizing if you are neither the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the prophet?” 26 John answered them, “I baptize with water. Among you stands one whom you do not know, 27 the one who is coming after me; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandal.” 28 This took place in Bethany across the Jordan where John was baptizing.
A Note to First-Time Visitors
We understand that the global health crisis has created conditions of pain and loss for many people seeking a faith community; we long to meet that need in your life, if this describes your life situation. However, in-person worship at FPC is closed at this time.
In the meantime, please join our digital worshipping community on our YouTube Channel, where you will also find music, prayer and faith formation resources. Or you can watch our weekly worship services at 1pm on LCTV Channel 66.
We also encourage you to send us an email at email@example.com so that we can begin to walk alongside of you in these times of disruption, and to sign up for our e-news here to keep up to date with us.
Please know that FPC leaders are using wisdom, humility, patience and love to guide our process for returning to gather in-person. We hope that you will stick with us until the way is clear.
Envisioning the Future
Working toward the future we envisioned togetherview all multimedia
For all of us, in 2020, First Presbyterian Church of Lancaster is an exciting place to be affiliated with. There’s so much good work that has taken place in recent months – and it continues today and going forward. Even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, our church continues to move forward to reach new heights. To do so, your individual and family support, through giving, very much matters.