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Enter to worship, depart to serve at your place of worship. You enter to worship and serve the Lord with your heart mind and soul in all holiness.; You depart to serve others by doing for the poor, sick and homeless. By doing those things you do Matthew 28:18-20; Hebrew 13:10. - Rev. Lynwood F. Mundy

Revised Common Lectionary

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2011 | ADVENT THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT YEAR B Old Testament Isaiah 61:1–4, 8–11 Psalm 126 or Luke 1:47–55 New Testament 1 Thessalonians 5:16–24 Gospel John 1:6–8, 19–28Revised Common Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009).

Amazing Grace : 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

December 11 O LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM Phillips Brooks, 1835–1893 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. (Luke 2:4) In the same way that God’s “wondrous gift” came to Bethlehem, silently, so Christ comes into our lives today and casts out our sins and fears if we are willing to have Him abide in our lives. Then “the dear Christ enters in.” How beautifully the glorious message of Christmas is told in this well-phrased hymn by Phillips Brooks, one of America’s most outstanding ministers of the past century. During a trip to the Holy Land in 1865, Brooks went to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem on Christmas Eve and worshiped there. He was deeply moved by this experience. Three years later, while pastoring the Holy Trinity Church in Philadelphia, Brooks desired to have a special carol for the children to sing in their Sunday school Christmas program. Recalling the …