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12.21  Advent Devotional

Joy to the World

Joy to the earth, the Savior reigns!
Let all their songs employ,
while fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains
repeat the sounding joy,
repeat the sounding joy,
repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

Scripture - 1 Corinthians 3:1-9

And so, brothers and sisters, I could not speak to you as spiritual people, but rather as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. 2 I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for solid food. Even now you are still not ready, 3 for you are still of the flesh. For as long as there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not of the flesh, and behaving according to human inclinations? 4 For when one says, “I belong to Paul,” and another, “I belong to Apollos,” are you not merely human?

5 What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you came to believe, as the Lord assigned to each. 6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. 7 So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. 8 The one who plants and the one who waters have a common purpose, and each will receive wages according to the labor of each. 9 For we are God’s servants, working together; you are God’s field, God’s building.

Devotion - Many Gifts, One Spirit

During Advent, we think of Jesus, God’s great gift to us. This scripture spoke to me in a new way this year, leading me to think of all of the gifts given to us in our church.  There are our pastors, those who sing, those with a variety of musical skills,  those who teach, those who who volunteer in the kitchen and in the office, those called to be Elders and Deacons, those who serve on committees, and those who pray for the church. The list could go on and on.  As we thank God this season for the gift of Jesus may we be thankful for the gifts and talents of each member.  I am reminded of this hymn :   

Many gifts, one Spirit, one love known in many ways.
In our difference is a  blessing, from diversity we praise
One Giver, one Lord, one Spirit, one Word
Known in many ways, hallowing our days,
For the Giver, for the gifts,
Praise, praise, praise.

 

Blanche Wenge

A Celtic Silent Night, performed by Steve Parker, arranged by Joel Raney

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Many of us find that an intentional practice is important as part of our Advent reflections and you may want to consider this one. The Hunger Action Team suggests you set aside one food item or a small amount of money each day to stock the Food Pantry at North Raleigh Ministries. Click here for more information.