We are in the midst of a year-long sermon series that follows the Story of God from Old Testament beginnings, promises, and prophecies through New Testament fulfillment.  Join us on this journey from creation to restoration, from Genesis to Revelation. Like following a long winding river, we will be taking an overview of the biblical story and live into a fresh introduction or re-orientation to Christian faith.

May God’s story shape our story. May we come alive again.

 

ISAIAH 9:1-7

Leader: Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church from the Book of Isaiah:

But there will be no gloom for those who were in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he will make glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations.

2 The people who walked in darkness

have seen a great light;

those who lived in a land of deep darkness—

on them light has shined.

3 You have multiplied the nation,

you have increased its joy;

they rejoice before you

as with joy at the harvest,

as people exult when dividing plunder.

4 For the yoke of their burden,

and the bar across their shoulders,

the rod of their oppressor,

you have broken as on the day of Midian.

5 For all the boots of the tramping warriors

and all the garments rolled in blood

shall be burned as fuel for the fire.

6 For a child has been born for us,

a son given to us;

authority rests upon his shoulders;

and he is named

Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,

Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

7 His authority shall grow continually,

and there shall be endless peace

for the throne of David and his kingdom.

He will establish and uphold it

with justice and with righteousness

from this time onward and forevermore.

The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.

 

 

This is the word of the Lord.         Thanks be to God.