Hundreds of years before Jesus was born, the prophet Isaiah foretold the coming of a baby who would be called “wonderful advisor, mighty God, prince of peace.” Broadcast on 10Dec17 – Isaiah 9:2-7
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War Is Over
2 Those who walked in the dark have seen a bright light. And it shines upon everyone who lives in the land of darkest shadows. 3 Our Lord, you have made your nation stronger. Because of you, its people are glad and celebrate like workers at harvest time or like soldiers dividing up what they have taken.
4 You have broken the power of those who abused and enslaved your people. You have rescued them just as you saved your people from Midian. 5 The boots of marching warriors and the blood-stained uniforms have been fed to flames and eaten by fire.
A Child Has Been Born
6 A child has been born for us. We have been given a son who will be our ruler. His names will be Wonderful Advisor and Mighty God, Eternal Father and Prince of Peace. 7 His power will never end; peace will last forever. He will rule David’s kingdom and make it grow strong. He will always rule with honesty and justice. The Lord All-Powerful will make certain that all of this is done.
The Songs of Hope prayer is “Celebrating the harvest”, Psalm 126. Broadcast 22Oct17 on Songs of Hope.
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126 It seemed like a dream
when the Lord brought us back
to the city of Zion. 2 We celebrated with laughter
and joyful songs.
In foreign nations it was said,
“The Lord has worked miracles
for his people.” 3 And so we celebrated
because the Lord had indeed
worked miracles for us.
4 Our Lord, we ask you to bless
our people again,
and let us be like streams
in the Southern Desert. 5 We cried as we went out
to plant our seeds.
Now let us celebrate
as we bring in the crops. 6 We cried on the way
to plant our seeds,
but we will celebrate and shout
as we bring in the crops.