Welcome to the web-space for Calvary Baptist Church. One of the trickiest parts of creating a web-space is choosing the tagline, the summary that speaks of who we are and what we are about. We chose “To the glory of God . . . helping people walk with Jesus in faith, hope, and love” but this does not tell the whole story about us. We could easily have chosen “into God’s Word, into God’s world” as we strive both to grow in a Bible based faith, while also looking to how we can serve God beyond ourselves, beyond our church, indeed well beyond our town’s borders. We might also have chosen “open Bibles and minds, willing hearts and hands” as this would reflect our desire for a thoughtful and Biblical faith that is expressed in generous and practical ways. Really there is no one line that can summarize our church family, just as there is no one line could summarize who you are! Visiting a web-site is not nearly as interesting as visiting the real thing, so we invite you to come and find out more about who we are and what we are about. Even better, we invite you to consider how we can help you walk with Jesus in faith, hope, and love to the glory of God.
This Sunday is the third Sunday of Advent, the Scripture focus will be Isaiah 61.
Isaiah 61 (NRSV) 1 The spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
because the Lord has anointed me;
he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed,
to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and release to the prisoners;
2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor,
and the day of vengeance of our God;
to comfort all who mourn;
3 to provide for those who mourn in Zion—
to give them a garland instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
the planting of the Lord, to display his glory.
4 They shall build up the ancient ruins,
they shall raise up the former devastations;
they shall repair the ruined cities,
the devastations of many generations.
5 Strangers shall stand and feed your flocks,
foreigners shall till your land and dress your vines;
6 but you shall be called priests of the Lord,
you shall be named ministers of our God;
you shall enjoy the wealth of the nations,
and in their riches you shall glory.
7 Because their shame was double,
and dishonor was proclaimed as their lot,
therefore they shall possess a double portion;
everlasting joy shall be theirs.
8 For I the Lord love justice,
I hate robbery and wrongdoing;
I will faithfully give them their recompense,
and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.
9 Their descendants shall be known among the nations,
and their offspring among the peoples;
all who see them shall acknowledge
that they are a people whom the Lord has blessed.
10 I will greatly rejoice in the Lord,
my whole being shall exult in my God;
for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation,
he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland,
and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
11 For as the earth brings forth its shoots,
and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up,
so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise
to spring up before all the nations.
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