In this week’s scripture the prophet Isaiah seeks to bring a word of comfort and encouragement to God’s people. Like many before them, and many in our own day, they have suffered terribly and even wondered if God has abandoned them completely. In the midst of their trials, Isaiah does not offer easy optimism, but genuine hope. He does not deny the depth of their struggles, but promises that the compassion of God is deeper and more lasting than anything before them. The text for Jonathan’s sermon, “Enduring Hope,” is Isaiah 40:1-11. On this second Sunday of Advent, we will be lighting the candle of Peace.
If you would like respond to the destruction and loss of the fires across southern California this past week, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is receiving contributions to help with this disaster. Please follow the link to our Cal-Pac Conference web site, which will take you to the UMCOR site and the US Disaster Response. You may also make out a check to RHUMC, and mark the memo line with “US Disaster.” Churches in the affected areas are working to provide relief and shelter to those who have lost homes or had to evacuate. Right now it is not helpful to have volunteers from out of the area, but when the time comes our Conference Disaster Response Task Force (including church member Nancy Rasmussen!) will help coordinate continuing efforts.
It’s the second Sunday of the month, so join us for supper after 3rd service with El Pollo Loco chicken, rice & beans, salad and drink for the suggested donation of $5/person or $15/family. We hope you can come!
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