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This past Sunday was the first Sunday of Advent, in which we focus on the coming of Christ who is our shepherd. 

Chris Lemky brough us teaching on this week's passages of scripture, fittingly, wearing a wool sweater. 

The four readings for this week were Isaiah 2:1-5; Pslam 122; Romans 13:11-14 and Matthew 24:36-44. We focused mainly on the Isaiah passage, which has Isaiah's great image of hope, swords turned into ploughshares and spears into pruning hooks. 

The word that Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.

In days to come
    the mountain of the Lord’s house
shall be established as the highest of the mountains,
    and shall be raised above the hills;
all the nations shall stream to it.
    Many peoples shall come and say,
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
    to the house of the God of Jacob;
that he may teach us his ways
    and that we may walk in his paths.”
For out of Zion shall go forth instruction,
    and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
He shall judge between the nations,
    and shall arbitrate for many peoples;
they shall beat their swords into plowshares,
    and their spears into pruning hooks;
nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
    neither shall they learn war any more.

O house of Jacob,
    come, let us walk
    in the light of the Lord!