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Advent Values -- Jeremiah 33:14-16, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Luke 21:25-36 -- David Coffin -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2018
It is the end of the year meeting for a ladies church group, who faithfully congregates in the churc
Alert level of hope -- Jeremiah 33:14-16, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Luke 21:25-36 -- David Coffin -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2015
The tension is thick at a particular workplace, church, nonprofit organization, or community group w
Hanging onto hope -- Jeremiah 33:14-16, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Luke 21:25-36 -- Wayne Brouwer -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2012
Advent is, for the church, a solid hook in the vast, uncharted, chaotic voids of space, allowing us
That'll be the day -- Jeremiah 33:14-16, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Luke 21:25-36, Psalm 25:1-10 -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
Approaching Advent and Christmas, it feels like the ante has been upped, the stakes have
While you wait -- Jeremiah 33:14-16, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Luke 21:25-36, Psalm 25:1-10 -- David Kalas -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2003
What is the relationship between waiting and probability?
The call to holiness -- Jeremiah 33:14-16, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Luke 21:25-36 -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2000
Every year the church struggles with the same question.
Grounded in hope -- Jeremiah 33:14-16, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Luke 21:25-36 -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 1997
Many people think it strange to begin the church year with a Gospel Lesson that focuses on the secon
Advent's long promises -- Jeremiah 33:14-16, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Luke 21:25-36 -- First Sunday of Advent - B
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Advent Values -- Jeremiah 33:14-16, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Luke 21:25-36 -- David Coffin -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2018
It is the end of the year meeting for a ladies church group, who faithfully congregates in the churc

Children's sermon

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Signs -- Luke 21:25-36, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Jeremiah 33:14-16, Psalm 25:1-10 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed, Thomas Willadsen, Bethany Peerbolte -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2018
Awaiting The Unknown -- Luke 21:25-36, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Jeremiah 33:14-16, Psalm 25:1-10 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Love -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2015
With a new liturgical year we enter Advent, a time defined by active waiting -- both for the nativit
Paying Attention -- Luke 21:25-36, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Jeremiah 33:14-16, Psalm 25:1-10 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2012
As the lectionary calendar begins anew with Advent, the big theme is anticipation -- and the posture
Waiting For The Birth Of A Jewish Baby -- Jeremiah 33:14-16, Luke 21:25-36 -- George L. Murphy -- First Sunday of Advent - C
Dear Fellow Preacher,
The King Is Coming! -- Luke 21:25-36, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Jeremiah 33:14-16, Psalm 25:1-10 -- Barbara Jurgensen, Scott Suskovic, Thom M. Shuman -- First Sunday of Advent - C
How silently, how silently the wondrous gift is given, so God imparts to human hearts the blessings

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Signs -- Luke 21:25-36, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Jeremiah 33:14-16, Psalm 25:1-10 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed, Thomas Willadsen, Bethany Peerbolte -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2018

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Advent 1 -- Jeremiah 33:14-16 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2009
The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of

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Watch For The Signs! ... Yo, What Signs? -- Jeremiah 33:14-16, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Luke 21:25-36, Psalm 50 -- John A. Tenbrook -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2003
Thespian Theological Thoughts

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Sermon Illustrations for Advent 1 (2018) -- Jeremiah 33:14-16, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Luke 21:25-36 -- Bob Ove, Bonnie Bates, Mark Ellingsen, Bill Thomas, Frank Ramirez, Ron Love -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2018
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Sermon Illustrations for Advent 1 (2015) -- Jeremiah 33:14-16, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Luke 21:25-36 -- Bob Ove, Bonnie Bates, Mark Ellingsen, Bill Thomas, Frank Ramirez, R. Robert Cueni -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2015
Jeremiah 33:14-16
Sermon Illustrations for Advent 1 (2012) -- Jeremiah 33:14-16, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Luke 21:25-36 -- Mark J. Molldrem, Bob Ove, Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2012
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When you read those words... -- Jeremiah 33:14-16 -- Bob Ove -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2012
When you read those words that seem to imply that the city Jerusalem will live in safety, do you won
The proof is in the pudding... -- Jeremiah 33:14-16 -- Mark J. Molldrem -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2012
"The proof is in the pudding." This is a shortened version of "the proof of the pudding is in the ea
Anyone who's ever booked a... -- Jeremiah 33:14-16 -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
Anyone who's ever booked a vacation is familiar with travel brochures. Sometimes the
It is generally known that... -- Jeremiah 33:14-16 -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
It is generally known that when you chop down a tree, the roots stop growing causing the
Why Jesus? What makes him... -- Jeremiah 33:14-16 -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
Why Jesus? What makes him different? How is he unlike every other person? Why
Righteousness and justice are... -- Jeremiah 33:14-16 -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2003
Righteousness and justice are not realities that the late Supreme Court Justice Haim Cohn obse
In a Peanuts... -- Jeremiah 33:14-16 -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2003
In a Peanuts cartoon, Lucy is yelling at Linus.
In his book I... -- Jeremiah 33:14-16 -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2003
In his book Theology of Hope, Jurgen Moltmann comments on the relationship of promise t
In one of the... -- Jeremiah 33:14-16 -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2003
In one of the most favorite and annually repeated episodes in the cartoon Peanuts, Lucy
Jerusalem is anything but... -- Jeremiah 33:14-16 -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2003
Jerusalem is anything but safe these days.
(A)The... -- Jeremiah 33:14-16 -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 1982
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(A)In... -- Jeremiah 33:14-16 -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 1982
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(A)I... -- Jeremiah 33:14-16 -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 1982
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A)It was... -- Jeremiah 33:14-16 -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 1982
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The prophet speaks of a... -- Jeremiah 33:14-16 -- First Sunday of Advent - B
The prophet speaks of a new name for Jerusalem. What difference does it make what a city is called?
In a small country church... -- Jeremiah 33:14-16 -- First Sunday of Advent - B
In a small country church, preparations were being made for the Sunday school Christmas program.

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Signs -- Luke 21:25-36, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Jeremiah 33:14-16, Psalm 25:1-10 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed, Thomas Willadsen, Bethany Peerbolte -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2018
Awaiting The Unknown -- Luke 21:25-36, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Jeremiah 33:14-16, Psalm 25:1-10 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Love -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2015
With a new liturgical year we enter Advent, a time defined by active waiting -- both for the nativit
Paying Attention -- Luke 21:25-36, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Jeremiah 33:14-16, Psalm 25:1-10 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2012
As the lectionary calendar begins anew with Advent, the big theme is anticipation -- and the posture
Waiting For The Birth Of A Jewish Baby -- Jeremiah 33:14-16, Luke 21:25-36 -- George L. Murphy -- First Sunday of Advent - C
Dear Fellow Preacher,

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Signs -- Luke 21:25-36, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Jeremiah 33:14-16, Psalm 25:1-10 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed, Thomas Willadsen, Bethany Peerbolte -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2018
Sermon Illustrations for Advent 1 (2018) -- Jeremiah 33:14-16, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Luke 21:25-36 -- Bob Ove, Bonnie Bates, Mark Ellingsen, Bill Thomas, Frank Ramirez, Ron Love -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2018
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FIRST SUNDAY IN ADVENT -- Jeremiah 33:14-16, Psalm 25:1-10, Luke 21:25-36 -- B. David Hostetter -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 1985
CALL TO WORSHIP

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Signs -- Luke 21:25-36, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Jeremiah 33:14-16, Psalm 25:1-10 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed, Thomas Willadsen, Bethany Peerbolte -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2018
Awaiting The Unknown -- Luke 21:25-36, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Jeremiah 33:14-16, Psalm 25:1-10 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Love -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2015
With a new liturgical year we enter Advent, a time defined by active waiting -- both for the nativit
Paying Attention -- Luke 21:25-36, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Jeremiah 33:14-16, Psalm 25:1-10 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2012
As the lectionary calendar begins anew with Advent, the big theme is anticipation -- and the posture
Waiting For The Birth Of A Jewish Baby -- Jeremiah 33:14-16, Luke 21:25-36 -- George L. Murphy -- First Sunday of Advent - C
Dear Fellow Preacher,
The King Is Coming! -- Luke 21:25-36, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Jeremiah 33:14-16, Psalm 25:1-10 -- Barbara Jurgensen, Scott Suskovic, Thom M. Shuman -- First Sunday of Advent - C
How silently, how silently the wondrous gift is given, so God imparts to human hearts the blessings

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Signs -- Luke 21:25-36, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Jeremiah 33:14-16, Psalm 25:1-10 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed, Thomas Willadsen, Bethany Peerbolte -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2018

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First Sunday Of Advent -- Jeremiah 33:14-16, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Luke 21:25-36 -- Carlos Wilton -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
Theme For The Day
First Sunday in Advent -- Jeremiah 33:14-16 -- Elizabeth Achtemeier -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2003
Promises are so important!
First Sunday Of Advent -- Jeremiah 33:14-16, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Luke 21:25-36 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2003
Seasonal Theme
First Sunday In Advent -- Jeremiah 33:14-16, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Luke 21:25-36 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2000
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONSLesson 1: Jeremiah 33:14-16 (C, RC)
First Sunday In Advent -- Jeremiah 33:14-16, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Luke 21:25-36 -- George M. Bass -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 1991
The Church Year Theological Clue
Advent 1 -- Jeremiah 33:14-16, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Luke 21:25-36 -- Perry H. Biddle, Jr. -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 1988
Comments on the Lessons

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Signs -- Luke 21:25-36, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Jeremiah 33:14-16, Psalm 25:1-10 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed, Thomas Willadsen, Bethany Peerbolte -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2018
Awaiting The Unknown -- Luke 21:25-36, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Jeremiah 33:14-16, Psalm 25:1-10 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Love -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2015
With a new liturgical year we enter Advent, a time defined by active waiting -- both for the nativit
Paying Attention -- Luke 21:25-36, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Jeremiah 33:14-16, Psalm 25:1-10 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2012
As the lectionary calendar begins anew with Advent, the big theme is anticipation -- and the posture
Waiting For The Birth Of A Jewish Baby -- Jeremiah 33:14-16, Luke 21:25-36 -- George L. Murphy -- First Sunday of Advent - C
Dear Fellow Preacher,
The King Is Coming! -- Luke 21:25-36, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Jeremiah 33:14-16, Psalm 25:1-10 -- Barbara Jurgensen, Scott Suskovic, Thom M. Shuman -- First Sunday of Advent - C
How silently, how silently the wondrous gift is given, so God imparts to human hearts the blessings

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Signs -- Luke 21:25-36, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Jeremiah 33:14-16, Psalm 25:1-10 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed, Thomas Willadsen, Bethany Peerbolte -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2018

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God's Gift -- Jeremiah 33:14-16 -- Derl G. Keefer -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2009
Margery Tallcott relates that during the Depression she and her husband were barely making the money
Shoots Of Tomorrow -- Jeremiah 33:14-16 -- Mary S. Lautensleger -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
In the parable of The Giving Tree, a young boy would gather his favorite tree's leaves on mil
The Power Of The Future -- Jeremiah 33:14-16 -- Steven E. Albertin -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2003
We have all had them. We all hate them. You know what I am talking about: boring history teachers.
Previews Of Coming Attractions -- Jeremiah 33:14-16 -- Ron Lavin -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 1991
What comes to your mind when I say the word "forecasting"? The weather man?
God's Two Hands -- Jeremiah 33:14-16 -- Robert G. Tuttle -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 1988
Again as the years turn, as the planets swing around the sun, we come to the season of Advent, the r
It's Hard For God to Get Through to Us -- Jeremiah 33:14-16 -- James H. Bailey -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 1985
Advent requires us to experience a vision from God in whatever circumstances we find ourselves, and

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The New Golden Era -- Jeremiah 33:14-16 -- Janice B. Scott -- First Sunday of Advent - C
The memory is a strange phenomenon.

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These People Marvel at the Star -- Luke 21:25-36, Jeremiah 33:14-16, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Psalm 25:1-10 -- Frank Ramirez, C. David Mckirachan -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2018
Contents “These People Marvel at the Star” by Frank Ramirez
The Righteous Branch -- Luke 21:25-36, Jeremiah 33:14-16, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Psalm 25:1-10 -- Sandra Herrmann, Frank Ramirez -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2015
Contents "The Righteous Branch" by Sandra Herrmann
Advent: Hope And Expectation -- Luke 21:25-36, Jeremiah 33:14-16, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Psalm 25:1-10 -- Lamar Massingill -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2012
Contents"Advent: Hope and Expectation" by Lamar Massingill
Where Is The Church? -- Luke 21:25-36, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Jeremiah 33:14-16, Psalm 25:1-10 -- Terry Cain, David O. Bales -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
ContentsWhat's Up This Week A Story to Live By: "Signs" by David O. Bales
Monday Night Dissipation -- Jeremiah 33:14-16, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Luke 21:25-36, Psalm 25:1-10 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- First Sunday of Advent - C
Monday Night Dissipation by John Sumwalt

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These People Marvel at the Star / It's a Sure Thing -- Luke 21:25-36, Jeremiah 33:14-16, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Psalm 25:1-10 -- Frank Ramirez, C. David Mckirachan -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2018
Contents “These People Marvel at the Star” by Frank Ramirez

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The Righteous Christmas Tree -- Jeremiah 33:14-16 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of
The Re-gifting Dilemma -- Jeremiah 33:14-16 -- Timothy F. Merrill -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2003
I confess.
The Voice Of The Broken Branch -- Jeremiah 33:14-16, Psalm 25:1-10 -- John E. Sumwalt -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2003
In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David; and he shall

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Signs -- Luke 21:25-36, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Jeremiah 33:14-16, Psalm 25:1-10 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed, Thomas Willadsen, Bethany Peerbolte -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2018
Awaiting The Unknown -- Luke 21:25-36, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Jeremiah 33:14-16, Psalm 25:1-10 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Love -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2015
With a new liturgical year we enter Advent, a time defined by active waiting -- both for the nativit
Paying Attention -- Luke 21:25-36, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Jeremiah 33:14-16, Psalm 25:1-10 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2012
As the lectionary calendar begins anew with Advent, the big theme is anticipation -- and the posture
Waiting For The Birth Of A Jewish Baby -- Jeremiah 33:14-16, Luke 21:25-36 -- George L. Murphy -- First Sunday of Advent - C
Dear Fellow Preacher,
The King Is Coming! -- Luke 21:25-36, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Jeremiah 33:14-16, Psalm 25:1-10 -- Barbara Jurgensen, Scott Suskovic, Thom M. Shuman -- First Sunday of Advent - C
How silently, how silently the wondrous gift is given, so God imparts to human hearts the blessings

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Signs -- Luke 21:25-36, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Jeremiah 33:14-16, Psalm 25:1-10 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed, Thomas Willadsen, Bethany Peerbolte -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2018

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Advent 1 -- Jeremiah 33:14-16, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Luke 21:25-36, Psalm 25:1-10 -- Julia Ross Strope -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2009
The truth, Dumbledore sighed. It is a beautiful and terrible thing and
First Sunday In Advent -- Jeremiah 33:14-16 -- Robert S. Jarboe -- 2006
First Sunday In AdventFor Jeremiah 33:14-16
First Sunday Of Advent -- Jeremiah 33:14-16 -- Frank Ramirez -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
First Lesson: Jeremiah 33:14-16Theme: Empires Come And Go -- God Lasts
First Sunday Of Advent -- Jeremiah 33:14-16, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Luke 21:25-36 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2003
Theme: The Promise Of A Kingdom Of Justice And RighteousnessCall To Worship
The Advent-ure Of Love -- Jeremiah 33:14-16 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2000
Call To Worship
The Promise -- Jeremiah 33:14-16 -- James R. Wilson -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 1997
Call To Worship
The Lord is our righteousness -- Jeremiah 33:14-16, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Luke 21:25-36 -- Heth H. Corl -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 1985
Call to WorshipPastor:May the blessings of Advent be yours!People:
FIRST SUNDAY IN ADVENT -- Jeremiah 33:14-16, Luke 21:25-36 -- Heth H. Corl -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 1976
First Lesson: Jeremiah 33:14-16Theme: The Lord is our righteousness
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