Advent

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“Prepare the way of the Lord”?

This was my reflection for Eucharist Wednesday morning (14 December 2016) at St. B’s. The Gospel reading for morning prayer was Mark 1:1-7. They are familiar words to anyone who has ever been to a Christmas service, citing Mal. 3:1 and Isa. 40:3. Mark 1:1   The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. 2 As it is written in the prophet Isaiah, “See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who […]

Advent 3: Listen and Look – Hear and See

My sermon from this past Sunday, Advent 3 (Yr. A). The audio can be heard on St. B’s site, where you can subscribe to all our sermons. Third Sunday of Advent (December 11, 2016) Gospel Matthew 11:2-11 What are you expecting for Christmas? The season of Advent is a time of expectation. Our lectionary and liturgy attempt to direct our attention to Christ’s second coming, preparing ourselves, our community, and our world for the coming Day […]

The Greystone Chapel – An Advent Sermon

This past Sunday was the first Sunday of Advent. I had meant to add to the sermon the lyrics of a song that just happened to come on while I was finishing writing the sermon. I was listening to Johnny Cash’s At Fulsom Prison and he closed out the concert with “The Greystone Chapel” written by an inmate, Glen Sherley. Sherley himself had a tumultuous life that ended tragically. It was such an odd circumstance that the […]

2nd Sunday of Advent – Expectations & Preparations

[This is sort of a “rough cut,” intended as a detailed outline rather than a full narrative exposition. Still, feel free to read and comment!] Second Sunday of Advent Year B RCL Isaiah 40:1-11 Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13 2 Peter 3:8-15a Mark 1:1-8 Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet […]

First Sunday of Advent – “Creation groans as a woman in labor”

Yesterday was the first Sunday of Advent, the beginning of the (western) Christian year, and it was also my first opportunity to perform a baptism. It was a wonderful event made even more special because the baby is the child of some good friends of ours. Advent is a curious season in that we tend to think of it as “Christmas” when in fact Christmas and Epiphany do not begin until, well, Christmas. Advent is […]