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When was the last time you received some good news?

And how did you feel?

The book of Proverbs says that “Good news refreshes the body” (Pr. 15:30)—and it does! It might bring a burst of elation, perhaps followed by a sense of relief or relaxation.

Proverbs also tells us: “Like cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good news form a far country.” (Pr. 25:25)

Among many other things, the Bible is the story of people waiting for good news—slaves in Egypt, exiles in Babylon.

By God’s grace we are partial heirs of the tradition of those and ancient people set free. By God’s grace, we are followers of the One who brought good news to the oppressed, to the captive—and as those followers, we are called to do the same.

We give thanks to God when deliverance comes. We celebrate the refreshment of good news.

SCRIPTURE LESSONS: Isaiah 52:7-10; Luke 4:14-21

SERMON       “Deliverance and Celebration”

The Rev. Bill Lovin preaching


DUET             “God Is Love” Harry Rowe Shelley

                        Kristin and Josh Ramseyer


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