Advent - Week 3
Ephesians 6:18 tells us that praying at all times in the Spirit, will infuse the armor and through the Holy Spirit we will be given the strength we need to be the ambassadors (warrior princesses) to fulfill our ministry He has called us to for this time; this season.
Good Morning Princesses!
Just a brief announcement:
In-Person Class Session:
Tuesday, December 18th @6:00 pm
Stark Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room
Let's continue this week with a deep dive at Week 3 of Advent.
1. ADVENT ~ WEEK 3 ~ Joy ("Chara")
Week 1- Remember, Hope, Anticipation
Week 2- Preparation, Peace, Faith
Gaudete Sunday, the third Sunday of Advent, is when the pink (or rose) candle is lit. “Gaudete” is a Latin word meaning "rejoice." The change from purple to pink signifies the transition in season from repentance to celebration. The pink candle is called the "Shepherds Candle" and represents joy. This 3-letter word can be found in the bible (specifically NIV) approximately 214 times. Of those verses, commentaries suggest that several verses are found in Psalm.
Our focus for Week 3 is Joy.
(Courtesy of The Bible Project)
Isaiah 51:11 ~ Those who have been ransomed by the Lord will return.
They will enter Jerusalem singing,
crowned with everlasting joy.
Sorrow and mourning will disappear,
and they will be filled with joy and gladness.
Luke 2:10 ~ but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people.
Faith, Joy, Hope in Jesus’ life and love for us. When you really stop to think about it, that can produce unspeakable joy.
2. A Chapter of Questions
This week, we are looking at Chapter 6 in the book of Esther. While this chapter is only 14 verses long, a few words sum up the chapter, “rise before the fall” or “perfect timing”. If you’ve read this chapter, I’d encourage you to read it again. What will you find? God at work? Irony? Questions? For example, could it be a coincidence that King Xerxes sleepless night occurred after his banquet with Esther? Why did the King order to see the “book of recording daily events”? Of all the books, why was the book that discussed a thwarted assassination attempt five years ago provided to King Xerxes, that night?
Why hadn’t Mordecai been rewarded back when the deed was recorded? Was the statement by Haman’s wife Zeresh and advisers (friends) in verse 13 a foreshadowing of events to come?
When Haman told his wife, Zeresh, and all his friends what had happened, his wise advisers and his wife said, “Since Mordecai—this man who has humiliated you—is of Jewish birth, you will never succeed in your plans against him. It will be fatal to continue opposing him.” Esther 6:13
I know, a lot of questions and no specific answers this week. However, there is one common theme that travels through the chapter; God is on the move. If you have ever found yourself wondering or asking, why, how or when, know that:
· Our God sees all;
· Our God knows why;
· Our God knows how; and
· Our God knows when.
His timing is always perfect and is not bound by human limitations or worldly agendas. He knows those that are His. He’s God, that’s just the way it is!
Oh, princesses of faith...remember
Prayer “empowers and ‘charges up’ every other piece so they can be used effectively against the enemy. Without prayer… your armor, cannot, will not, be infused with the power that only God’s-Spirit can give."
Know that through the Holy Spirit you can:
· do things you couldn't;
· feel things you didn't; an
· know things you wouldn't.
GO! PLAYLIST...For your praise and worship: GO! 12/17/18- New feature, contains a playlist of songs for your praise and worship time.
· Please tell a friend. There's still time to join in!
· See you at GO! on Tuesday, December 18, 2018, Stark Library - 2nd Floor Meeting Room - 6:00 pm- 8:00 pm
· THIS WEEK Fall/Winter GO! Session 8 ~ Esther, It's Hard Being A Women
Remember, each day is an opportunity for us to...
Lead, Serve and GO!