Isaiah 7:10-16; Matthew 1:18-25
4th Sunday of Advent - Year A
December 18, 2016
The Rev. Dr. Christoph Keller, III
At an anxious moment for the city, the Lord gives the king a sign that he is master of the situation. Isaiah makes four predictions: Of a certain woman, that she is pregnant; of her child, that it will be a boy; that his name will be Immanuel; and, crucial to the king, that before this boy knows please from thank you, the enemies who have made the city anxious will have withdrawn. And it was so.
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The Rev. Peter Wallace
Jesus said, "Therefore I tell you,
do not worry about your life,
what you will eat or what you will drink,
or about your body, what you will wear.
Is not life more than food,
and the body more than clothing? ...
And can any of you by worrying
add a single hour to your span of life?"
-- Matthew 6:25,27
The Rev. John Gunn
A study once showed that most of the wage earners, men and women, were in constant fear of losing their jobs. In this episode of Be Still and Know, The Rev. John R. Gunn writes, "The world provides no abiding security for anybody. Our only unfailing reliance is in God."
The Rev. Julie Pennington-Russell
The Rev. Julie Pennington-Russell gives a short sermon on the fears and anxieties in our busy lives. Learning to cast off those fears with God's love, she says, are the keys to peace.