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2nd Sunday of Advent (cycle b)

 

  

Call To Worship

L:  How shall we prepare this house for the coming King?

P:  With branches of cedar, the tree of royalty.

L:  How shall we prepare this house for the coming of our
     Savior?

P:  With wreaths of holly and ivy, telling of his passion,
     death, and resurrection.

L:  How shall we prepare our hearts for the coming of the
     Christ?

P:  By hearing again the words of the prophets, who foretold
     the saving work of God.

L:  For God did not send the Son into the world to condemn
     the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

All:  Glory to God in the Highest!

 


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The Hopes and Fears of All the Years
sermon based on Isaiah 40:1-11
Randy L Quinn 

I have often said that the most exciting part of my ministry is when I see the look of surprise or delight that comes with those moments when people learn something new or get an insight that seems to answer a lingering question.  My primary reward as a pastor is being a witness to those “aha!” moments in the lives of people.

I had one of those moments myself this week.  It wasn’t an earth-shattering moment, but it was a new insight for me, an answer to a lingering question, a moment when I sat up in my chair and said aloud, “Aha!”

You may have figured it out years ago, and maybe it’s an answer to a question you haven’t asked yet, but I want to begin today by sharing my “new” insight.

I just finished reading a book about the history of Christmas celebrations.  The book provides insights into the way Christmas has been celebrated over the past two millennia by referring to and directly quoting sources from various times and places.

What seems to be consistent throughout the history of the church is a sort of nostalgia that looks back to previous celebrations, as if they were somehow better, somehow more pure, somehow more appropriate than the current celebration. . .


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