SSB Gathering – December 27, 2015

Spiritual Sounding Board – This is your place to gather and share in an open format.

 by Kathi

multnomah falls

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Luke 2: 22-40

On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise him, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he had been conceived.

When the time of their purification according to the Law of Moses had been completed, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord”), and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: “a pair of doves or two young pigeons.”

Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation which you have prepared in the sight of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.”

The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”

There was also a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks t God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.

When Mary and Joseph had done everything required by the Low of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their town of Nazareth. And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon him.

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Best wishes to everyone for a Happy New Year!

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May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you: wherever he may send you;

may he guide you through the wilderness: protect you from the storm;

may he bring you home rejoicing: at the wonders he has shown you;

may he bring you home rejoicing: once again into our doors.

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Feel free to join the discussion.
You can share your church struggles and concerns.
Let’s also use it as a time to encourage one another spiritually.
What have you found spiritually encouraging lately?
Do you have any special Bible verses to share, any YouTube songs that you have found uplifting?

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photo credit: Brian – Multnomah Falls, OR

5 comments on “SSB Gathering – December 27, 2015

  1. Yes – Best wishes to everyone for a Happy New Year!

    A happy new year to you
    A happy new year to you

    May you feel Jesus near
    Every day of the year

    May you rest in His Peace
    Though the wars never cease

    May you rise with the son
    Knowing His work has been done

    Bring your eyes to the cross
    And rejoice in the loss

    For His Blood is the cure
    And He loves you for sure

    A happy new year to you
    And the best year you’ve ever had

    Like

  2. And – Hope you all had a Merry Christmas…

    Thought you might enjoy this gift…

    Found it via Todd Wilhelms blog.

    “Time For Church To Go Out Of Business”
    By Keith Giles

    Liked by 2 people

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