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Isaiah 64:8–9 ESV
But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand. Be not so terribly angry, O Lord, and remember not iniquity forever. Behold, please look, we are all your people.
Isaiah 64:7–9 ESV
There is no one who calls upon your name, who rouses himself to take hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us, and have made us melt in the hand of our iniquities. But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand. Be not so terribly angry, O Lord, and remember not iniquity forever. Behold, please look, we are all your people.
Isaiah 64:1–9 ESV
Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains might quake at your presence— as when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes water to boil— to make your name known to your adversaries, and that the nations might tremble at your presence! When you did awesome things that we did not look for, you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence. From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for him. You meet him who joyfully works righteousness, those who remember you in your ways. Behold, you were angry, and we sinned; in our sins we have been a long time, and shall we be saved? We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. There is no one who calls upon your name, who rouses himself to take hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us, and have made us melt in the hand of our iniquities. But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand. Be not so terribly angry, O Lord, and remember not iniquity forever. Behold, please look, we are all your people.
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Psalm 8:4–7 ESV
what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. You have given him dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet, all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field,
Psalm 8:5–7 ESV
Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. You have given him dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet, all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field,
Psalm 8:1–7 ESV
O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger. When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. You have given him dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet, all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field,
Psalm 80:1–7 ESV
Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock. You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth. Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh, stir up your might and come to save us! Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved! O Lord God of hosts, how long will you be angry with your people’s prayers? You have fed them with the bread of tears and given them tears to drink in full measure. You make us an object of contention for our neighbors, and our enemies laugh among themselves. Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved!
Psalm 8:17-19
Psalm 80:17–19 ESV
But let your hand be on the man of your right hand, the son of man whom you have made strong for yourself! Then we shall not turn back from you; give us life, and we will call upon your name! Restore us, O Lord God of hosts! Let your face shine, that we may be saved!
Psalm 8:4–7 ESV
what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. You have given him dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet, all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field,
Think about all that had transpired since the words of Isaiah and the Psalmist were written?
Approx. 800 years between these words and the time of Christ’s birth.
That to which we will speak this 1st Sunday of Advent:
In the time ISreal & Judah suffered through attacks, desctruction of the capital cities, and then exile.
What does a reprieve from suffering and a foreshadowing of the end of days have to do with advent you say?
Yet they returned and rebuilt, but by and large continued to be impacted by world powers—and had to deal with the silence of God, trying to survive, seemingly on their own.
800 years from our perspective:
These scriptures capture the essence of the need for hope and the hope that still cries out for final fulfillment
Magna Carta, Michaelangelo, Da Vinci, Renaissance, Scientific Revolution
4 Movements of Hope:
Printing Press, Luther, Calvin, Ignatius, Wesley,
waiting of a nation (OT prophets—as evidenced in .
Columbus, New World Explorers, Colonies, Democracy, Industrial Revolution
waiting of parents (9 months of Mary & Joseph)
Wilberforce, Lincoln, Carver, Edison, Tesla, Marconi, Teddy Roosevelt, Ford
Waiting of a people (ensuing ages seeking a savior)
Waiting for a kingdom (creation anticipates the arrival of the final trumpet, the advent of His kingdom come, on earth as it is in heaven)
WWI, Communism, WWII, A-Bomb, UN, Space Race, Cold War
As you remain hopeful, keep awake. you do no know when the time will come
Computers, Digital Age, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, the Interet, Dot.coms
What hope is their for communitis that have lost their way, their way of life, their coherence, their hope?
1)What is the ultimate Christian Hope?
8 Billion people, Youtube, Social Media, Facebook, Nano-technology, and the like
2) What hope is their for change, rescue, transformation, new possibilities within the present world?
Just like the Israelites were watchning and waiting for the Advent of Christ, for their hope to be fulfilled, we too begin a new year watching and waiting for the Hope of Christ’s return.
As long as we see hope in going to heaven, away from this world, then the two questions are unrelated.
Yet, we do not hope amiss, because today we begin to retell the story of God’s answer to our cries for help and forgiveness
But if we focus on a resurrection in the person of JC then can’t we hope for the resurrected one to bring life into our dying world?
Read the 2 passages in the NT
Live out the anticipation, the reality of the fruition of the 1st advent, th desire to be an agent of hope in God’s unfolding kingdom
=soverign rule, on earth as it is in heaven
-1st advent was a birth, the 2nd advent is a wedding (the son of God with His bride the church).
Page 25, Surprised by Hope
what we say about death and resurrection gives shape and color to everything else. IF we are not careful we give merely an offer of “hope” that is no longer a surprse, no longer able to transform lives and communities in the present, no longer generated by the resurrection of JEsus himself and looking forward to the promised new heavens and new earth.
God’s new world of justice and joy, of hope for the whole world, was launched when Jesus came out of the empty tomb; He calls followers to live in him and by the power of the spirit and so to be a new creation people, here & now, bringing signs and symbols of the Kingdom to birth on earth as it is in heaven.
We are called to bring real and effective signs of God’s renewed creation to birth in the midst of the present age.
-when we don’t bring signs of renweal and birth with God’s creation, we collude with forces of sin and death
Signs of Hope this Advent Season?
Seed Livelihood (story of hope through refugees)
Christmas gifts * cards for inmates
Cookies and goody bags for families of inmates
Advent reading and traditions with your family
Other options abound?
I invite you to consider ways and means to surprise others with the Hope of Christ.
1 Corinthians 1:3–9 ESV
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge— even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you— so that you are not lacking in any gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Mark 13:24–37 ESV
“But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. And then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven. “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. “But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come. It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to stay awake. Therefore stay awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning— lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake.”
Psalm 8 ESV
To the choirmaster: according to The Gittith. A Psalm of David. O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger. When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. You have given him dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet, all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field, the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas. O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

-:1-7, 17-19

Woven in between the tenor and the emotions of these section of verses is a need for hope and an Object of Hope.
That to which we will speak this 1st Sunday of Advent:
Psalm 8:17-19
That to which we will speak this 1st Sunday of Advent:
What does a reprieve from suffering and a foreshadowing of the end of days have to do with advent you say?
These scriptures capture the essence of the need for hope and the hope that still cries out for final fulfillment
4 Movements of Hope:
waiting of a nation (OT prophets—as evidenced in .
waiting of parents (9 months of Mary & Joseph)
Waiting of a people (ensuing ages seeking a savior)
Waiting for a kingdom (creation anticipates the arrival of the final trumpet, the advent of His kingdom come, on earth as it is in heaven)
As you remain hopeful, keep awake. you do no know when the time will come
What hope is their for communitis that have lost their way, their way of life, their coherence, their hope?
1)What is the ultimate Christian Hope?
2) What hope is their for change, rescue, transformation, new possibilities within the present world?
As long as we see hope in going to heaven, away from this world, then the two questions are unrelated.
But if we focus on a resurrection in the person of JC then can’t we hope for the resurrected one to bring life into our dying world?
Live out the anticipation, the reality of the fruition of the 1st advent, th desire to be an agent of hope in God’s unfolding kingdom
=soverign rule, on earth as it is in heaven
-1st advent was a birth, the 2nd advent is a wedding (the son of God with His bride the church).
Page 25, Surprised by Hope
what we say about death and resurrection gives shape and color to everything else. IF we are not careful we give merely an offer of “hope” that is no longer a surprse, no longer able to transform lives and communities in the present, no longer generated by the resurrection of JEsus himself and looking forward to the promised new heavens and new earth.
God’s new world of justice and joy, of hope for the whole world, was launched when Jesus came out of the empty tomb; He calls followers to live in him and by the power of the spirit and so to be a new creation people, here & now, bringing signs and symbols of the Kingdom to birth on earth as it is in heaven.
We are called to bring real and effective signs of God’s renewed creation to birth in the midst of the present age.
-when we don’t bring signs of renewal and birth with God’s creation, we collude with forces of sin and death
Signs of Hope this Advent Season?
Seed Livelihood (story of hope through refugees)
Marka Church Project—Iraqi Refugees living in Amman, Jordan. Working as artists and craftspersons to support their family and ministry.
Christmas gifts * cards for inmates
Cookies and goody bags for families of inmates
Advent reading and traditions with your family
Other options abound?
I invite you to consider ways and means to surprise others with the Hope of Christ.
-:1-7, 17-19

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