Advent Season Sermons (2010)

Date: December 19, 2010 Liturgical Day: The Fourth Sunday in Advent; Year A Joseph, the Dreamer

a righteous, kind man following God’s dream for him Jesus: God with us

Summary: Joseph finds himself center stage in Matthew's version of the birth narrative. A believer in dreams, he hears God's voice, and has the faith and courage to take Mary as his wife. We too have dreams in our lives. Some are fantasy, some are based on our personal agenda, and some are bestowed on us by God. May we follow those last dreams, as we seek to remain faithful to our God.

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Date: December 15, 2010

Liturgical Day: Wednesday before the Fourth Sunday in Advent; Year A The Lord Will Give You a Sign

a sign from the Lord Ahaz refuses to ask fearing what he’d hear?

Summary: King Ahaz never learned that the only way to peace and security comes through trusting God (and God alone). Isaiah learned it. The school board members in Panama City Florida experienced it yesterday. And God offers it as a gift to you and me. May this year's Advent observances teach us to trust in God, and wait with hope for the coming of Christ into our lives.

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Date: December 8, 2010 Liturgical Day: The Third Sunday in Advent; Year A What Do You See?

John questions Jesus "Are you Messiah or not?" tell him what you see

Summary:

The question of the day is, "What do you see?" When John asks whether or not Jesus is the Messiah, Jesus directs John's disciples to return and simply tell John what they see. What do we see when we look for signs of Jesus in our lives? What do others see when the look at the character of our own lives? These are a couple of pretty good Advent questions.

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Date: December 1, 2010 Liturgical Day: Wednesday before the Third Sunday in Advent; Year A Visions of Hope

blossoming deserts God's glory and might revealed be strong -- do not fear

Summary: Isaiah's ministry took place during a very dark chapter in Israel's history, but he had a word of great hope for them: the majesty of God will overcome it all. The desert will rejoice. Physical infirmities will be healed. God's people will break forth in shouts of joy. We give thanks for a God who delights in bringing new life out of that which is dead.

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Date: December 5, 2010 Liturgical Day: The Second Sunday in Advent; Year A Prepare the Way of the Lord

a voice in the wilds prepare the way of the Lord John calls to us, too

Summary: John, the Baptizer, whose voice calls to us over the next two weeks, reminds us of how important it is to prepare ourselves for the coming of the Lord. Through repentance -- inviting the Holy Spirit to transform our lives -- we become aware of our brokenness, and open ourselves up to the redeeming and transforming grace of God. That is the Advent gift.

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Date: December 1, 2010 Liturgical Day: Wednesday before the Second Sunday in Advent; Year A A Sign of Hope

a shoot from Jesse in the midst of brokenness God gives us peace and new life

Summary: In desperate times, Isaiah held up a word of hope for Ancient Israel. Their nation may have seemed like the dead stump of a fallen tree, but a new shoot would arise, and God's people would be reborn. God's desire is to share that same gift of rebirth with us.

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Date: November 28, 2010 Liturgical Day: The First Sunday in Advent; Year A Waiting and Watching in Anticipation

waiting and watching faithful anticipation Christ will come to us

Summary: Advent is a time of waiting and watching in anticipation of the coming of Christ. As we participate in the spiritual practices of Advent, we open ourselves up to be touched by his arrival. So let's not become preoccupied with the "stuff of life" -- remembering, instead, to stay mindful of the ways in which God is active and involved in our world. This is the best preparation.

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