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GOD   GIVES   US A GIFT
             First Sunday of Advent











               "You have been blessed in every way because of him." —1 Corinthians 1:5a







                               GATHER





               Because we belong to Jesus, God gives            4  I always thank my God for you. I thank
               us many gifts through his presence.              him because of the grace he has given
               When the shepherds gathered around               to you who belong to Christ Jesus.   You
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               the manger to see the baby Jesus, they           have been blessed in every way because
               were very close to him. They were in the         of him. You have been blessed in all your
               same room and beside his bed. Do you             speech and knowledge.   God has shown
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               know that you can be closer to God than          that what we have spoken to you about
               the shepherds were when they came to             Christ is true.   There is no gift of the
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               see him? “Because you are his child, God  Holy Spirit that you don’t have. You are
               sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts.      full of hope as you wait for our Lord Jesus
               He is the Holy Spirit.” (Galatians 4:6)          Christ to come again.   God will also keep
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               The Holy Spirit helps us to have joy and         you strong in faith to the very end. Then
               strong faith as we wait for Jesus to come        you will be without blame on the day our
               again. God gives us the gift of hope.            Lord Jesus Christ returns.   God is faithful.
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                                                                He has chosen you to share life with his
               Light one of the purple Advent                   Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
               candles and read out loud
               1 Corinthians 1:4-9.




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