Advent Devotional – Day 2

Nov. 30                            Luke 20:1-8                                         Donna Cook

Those Chief Priests, Scribes, and Elders, they are supposed to be the ‘smarts ones”. Yet, here they are. They are the ones asking Jesus the questions! (Ok. In teaching school we learned that “there is no dumb question, the dumb question is the one you don’t ask. So this is awkward.) And the question that the “smart ones” ask? “What authority do YOU have? Who gave YOU this authority?”

Jesus answers their question with a question. (That’s a teacher thing, too.) In the time of Jesus the word teaching means to pass on the truth. So Jesus asks “Was John’s baptism from God, or was it merely human?” The smart ones “think they are being tricked, and to avoid the wrong answer they reply that they don’t know. (Sounds like school.) “Very well, then,’ says Jesus. ‘Nor will I tell you by what authority I do these things.” The “smart ones” don’t get it. Or they are afraid to.

“Jesus will exercise that authority, the powerful authority of saving and healing love, until all acknowledge it.


“I Wake Close To Morning” by Mary Oliver

Why do people keep asking to see

              God’s identity papers

when the darkness opening into morning

              is more than enough?

Certainly any god might turn away in disgust.

Think of Sheba approaching

              the Kingdom of Solomon.

Do you think she had to ask,

              “Is this the place?”

Prayer

“Instructions For Living A Life” by Mary Oliver

Pay attention

Be astonished

Tell about it

Help us see, you, God, and help us spread your gospel of justice, love and peace. AMEN

Devotions. The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver, by Mary Oliver

Luke For Everyone, by N.T. Wright 

Oak Hill Advent Devotional

Join us as we begin a journey toward Christmas together. Each day during this season of Advent, we’ll be posting a scripture text, a reflection written by one of our own community, and a quick prayer. You are invited to follow along.

Nov. 29                           Psalm 150                                    Deb Wiethop
 
I chuckled after I read Psalm 150. I decided to take a leap of faith and pick a verse without trying to find one easy for me to write about. I hoped I would find one that would be a message to me, to make me think about something more deeply.
 
And I did…a psalm exhorting me to praise the lord with trumpets, harps, lyres, tambourines, dancing, strings, flutes and cymbals! 
 
I routinely confess my sins, pray for myself and others, and give thanks for daily blessings. But I could do much, much better with praise. In fact, there should be dancing!
 
We should praise God for what He has done, for giving us this beautiful world we live in, but most of all, for His Son, Jesus Christ, who gave his very life to provide the way of redemption for us  –  to empower god’s great plan of salvation so we might be saved.
 
We only find our true selves when we give glory to the true and living God – the one who has revealed the fullness of his glory in his Son, Jesus Christ.

Prayer
Today and every day, Lord, I will praise you for your power, your greatness and your great love for us.
Verse 6: “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.” Amen. 
 
 

Advent Extravaganza!!!

We are getting ready to kick off Advent 2020! We had big plans to do a masked and distanced outdoor gathering, with crafts and decorating and so much fellowship and fun. But with the COVID uptick in our area right now, we didn’t feel that was safe. So, we’re readjusting.

On Sunday 11/29 at 2pm a small group of people will meet at church at 2pm to decorate the outside of the building for the holidays. If you’d like to help out, please PLEASE sign up here. We’re trying to be careful about how many people are there at a given time.

At the same time, from 2pm -3pm, all Oak Hillers can drive or walk by to pick up a printed Advent Devotional and a At-Home Advent Wreath Kit. You can also pick up some go-bags to keep in your car and share with neighbors in need. And yes, we’d be glad to collect any of your donations for Isaiah 58 (they especially need soups right now).

Then, back at home at 6pm, we’ll gather on zoom to build our advent wreaths (the ones we picked up at the drive up earlier in the day) and have some fellowship time together.

Whew! It’s a lot. But it’s also not too much. Come and join the Advent fun!