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1st Sunday of Advent (cycle a)


Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.

Matthew 24:44   .

Texts & Discussion:

Isaiah 2:1-5
Psalm 122
Romans 13:11-14
Mathew 24:36-44


Call to Worship (responsively)

Leader: Christ, God’s gift to the world, shall come:
People: For those who feel despair will know hope.
Leader: For those who are oppressed will know freedom
People: For those who are lonely will know love.
Leader: For those who are suffering will know inner peace.
People: O Christ, Lord of the world, your time is now!

All: Fill our hearts with joy!



Children's Messages:


Sermon Excerpt:

How Should We Wait for the Lord?
based on Mat 24:36-44

We do a lot of waiting at this time of year. We wait for relatives to arrive, turkeys to be done, pumpkin pie to be served. We wait for cookies to bake, school to get out, for Santa Claus, and we wait in lines. We wait in lines at McDonald's, the grocery store, the gas station, the post office. Some of us wait patiently. Some do not. Have you ever watched people wait in lines? Small children don't wait. They move. Constantly. They swing on the ropes that guide the lines, they swing on the posts that hold the ropes, they dance, they sing, they whine. Rarely do they wait quietly. Many adults don't wait quietly, either. Some adults stand straight as an arrow, staring straight ahead, hardly aware of their surroundings. Some people shift from one foot to the other and back again rather like a Mexican jumping bean. They sigh and sift their packages from one arm to the other, and back again, and sigh louder. Some people strike up conversations with perfect strangers not wanting to endure the waiting experience alone.

Depending on the day and your mood, you might be a starer, a jumper, or a talker. Depending on the day, and your mood, you might wait patiently, impatiently, or with anticipation. Advent is a time of waiting. It is a time of waiting for the Messiah to come.

"But wait!" you say. "The Messiah has already come." Yes, the Messiah has already come. But the Messiah will come again that is what we are waiting for. We live in a between time, a time when the Kingdom of God has begun, but has not yet fully come. Saint Bernard says there are three comings of Christ. The first, of course, was the coming of the baby Jesus in Bethlehem...DPS Subscribers: click here to access all resources

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