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Thursday, December 9, 2021

GOD'S CALL

Grab your Bible, pen, and journal. Hear Jesus’ call to follow him this day.

And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately, they left their nets and followed him.

Matthew 4:19-20, ESV

Surrender

God is near because He loves you. Take a moment and journal the state of your heart before God right now. What hopes, concerns, needs, and longings are you carrying today? Surrender them to God.

INVOCATION

Thomas Cranmer’s prayer for the second week of Advent.
Blessed Lord, which hast caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning; grant us that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them; that by patience and comfort of thy holy word, we may embrace, and ever hold fast to the blessed hope of everlasting life, which Thou hast given us in our savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

second WEEK
OF ADVENT SONG

“Gather Round, Ye Children, Come” by Andrew Peterson
Gather round ye children come, Listen to the old, old story Of the power of death undone By an infant born of glory Son of God, Son of Man Gather 'round, remember now How creation held its breath How it let out a sigh And it filled up the sky with the angels Son of God, Son of Man So sing out with joy for the brave little boy Who was God, but He made Himself nothing Well, He gave up His pride and He came here to die Like a man Therefore God exalted Him To the place of highest praises And He gave Him a name above every name That at the very name of Jesus, Son of God We would sing out with joy for the brave little boy Who was God, but He made Himself nothing Well, He gave up His pride and He came here to die Like a man So in heav'n and earth and below Every knee would bow in worship And ev'ry tongue would proclaim That Jesus, He reigns with the angels So sing out with joy for the brave little boy Who was God, but He made Himself nothing Well, He gave up His pride and He came here to die Like a man Gather round ye children come, Listen to the old, old story Of the power of death undone By an infant born of glory Son of God, Son of Man

SCRIPTURE READINGS

During the second week of Advent, notice how often Matthew quotes the Old Testament prophets and how they prepare the world for the coming of the Messiah.
Matthew 3

3:1In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah when he said, “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; make his paths straight.’” Now John wore a garment of camel’s hair and a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. Then Jerusalem and all Judea and all the region about the Jordan were going out to him, and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not presume to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father,’ for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham. Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. “I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into the barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.” Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him. John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented. And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”

Time of Prayer

Use this ACTS prayer guide to reflect and journal on what you read.
Adoration
What did God say to me in His Word today about Hisown character and heart?
Confession
What did God say to me in His Word today about my own character and heart?
(Assurance of Pardon: In Christ, you are a new creation, forgiven of all your sins and granted wisdom to walk in the Spirit)
Thanksgiving
What has God specifically done to meet me in myplaces of insufficiency?
Supplication
What do I need from God in order to truly receive thisword—to hear and obey?
Adoration
What did I read today that made me glorify God?
Confession
What did I read today that convicted me of sin?
Thanksgiving
What did I read today that made me thankful?
Supplication
What do I need today from God?

BENEDICTION

Receive this blessing from God for those who read His word and believe it.

This is why we constantly thank God, because when you received the word of God that you heard from us, you welcomed it not as a human message, but as it truly is, the word of God, which also works effectively in you who believe.

1 Thessalonians 2:13, ESV

God's Call

Grab your Bible, pen, and journal. Hear Jesus’ call to follow him this day.

And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately, they left their nets and followed him.

Matthew 4:19-20, ESV

Opening Prayer

Thomas Cranmer’s prayer for the second week of Advent.
Blessed Lord, which hast caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning; grant us that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them; that by patience and comfort of thy holy word, we may embrace, and ever hold fast to the blessed hope of everlasting life, which Thou hast given us in our savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
Amen.

Weekly Song

“Gather Round, Ye Children, Come” by Andrew Peterson
Gather round ye children come, Listen to the old, old story Of the power of death undone By an infant born of glory Son of God, Son of Man Gather 'round, remember now How creation held its breath How it let out a sigh And it filled up the sky with the angels Son of God, Son of Man So sing out with joy for the brave little boy Who was God, but He made Himself nothing Well, He gave up His pride and He came here to die Like a man Therefore God exalted Him To the place of highest praises And He gave Him a name above every name That at the very name of Jesus, Son of God We would sing out with joy for the brave little boy Who was God, but He made Himself nothing Well, He gave up His pride and He came here to die Like a man So in heav'n and earth and below Every knee would bow in worship And ev'ry tongue would proclaim That Jesus, He reigns with the angels So sing out with joy for the brave little boy Who was God, but He made Himself nothing Well, He gave up His pride and He came here to die Like a man Gather round ye children come, Listen to the old, old story Of the power of death undone By an infant born of glory Son of God, Son of Man

Intercession

“First of all, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people...”
1 Timothy 2:1, ESV
For Another Valley Church
First Baptist Church Medford
For a Mission Partner to Pray For This Week
Jon Wilson (Japan)

Surrender

God is near because He loves you. Take a moment and journal the state of your heart before God right now. What hopes, concerns, needs, and longings are you carrying today? Surrender them to God.

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Psalms

Psalm 128

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New Testament

Matthew 3

3:1In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah when he said, “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; make his paths straight.’” Now John wore a garment of camel’s hair and a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. Then Jerusalem and all Judea and all the region about the Jordan were going out to him, and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not presume to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father,’ for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham. Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. “I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into the barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.” Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him. John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented. And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”

Prayer Guide

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Adoration
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Confession
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Thanksgiving
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Supplication
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Intercession

“First of all, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people...”
1 Timothy 2:1, ESV
For Another Valley Church
First Baptist Church Medford
For a Mission Partner to Pray For This Week
Jon Wilson (Japan)

Benediction

Receive this blessing from God for those who read His word and believe it.

This is why we constantly thank God, because when you received the word of God that you heard from us, you welcomed it not as a human message, but as it truly is, the word of God, which also works effectively in you who believe.

1 Thessalonians 2:13, ESV

OLD TESTAMENT

Zechariah 8:1–13

8:1And the word of the LORD of hosts came, saying, “Thus says the LORD of hosts: I am jealous for Zion with great jealousy, and I am jealous for her with great wrath. Thus says the LORD: I have returned to Zion and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem, and Jerusalem shall be called the faithful city, and the mountain of the LORD of hosts, the holy mountain. Thus says the LORD of hosts: Old men and old women shall again sit in the streets of Jerusalem, each with staff in hand because of great age. And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in its streets. Thus says the LORD of hosts: If it is marvelous in the sight of the remnant of this people in those days, should it also be marvelous in my sight, declares the LORD of hosts? Thus says the LORD of hosts: Behold, I will save my people from the east country and from the west country, and I will bring them to dwell in the midst of Jerusalem. And they shall be my people, and I will be their God, in faithfulness and in righteousness.” Thus says the LORD of hosts: “Let your hands be strong, you who in these days have been hearing these words from the mouth of the prophets who were present on the day that the foundation of the house of the LORD of hosts was laid, that the temple might be built. For before those days there was no wage for man or any wage for beast, neither was there any safety from the foe for him who went out or came in, for I set every man against his neighbor. But now I will not deal with the remnant of this people as in the former days, declares the LORD of hosts. For there shall be a sowing of peace. The vine shall give its fruit, and the ground shall give its produce, and the heavens shall give their dew. And I will cause the remnant of this people to possess all these things. And as you have been a byword of cursing among the nations, O house of Judah and house of Israel, so will I save you, and you shall be a blessing. Fear not, but let your hands be strong.”

PSALMS

Psalm 128
A SONG OF ASCENTS. 128:1Blessed is everyone who fears the LORD, who walks in his ways! You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you. Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table. Behold, thus shall the man be blessed who fears the LORD. The LORD bless you from Zion! May you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life! May you see your children’s children! Peace be upon Israel!

INTERCESSION

In closing, pray with us as we intercede for a fellow church
and local ministry in the Rogue Valley.
For Another Valley Church
First Baptist Church Medford
For JPC’s Advent Outreach Project
Jon Wilson (Japan)