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The Waiting Place
First Sunday of Advent

from the book
Defining Moments
First Lesson Sermons For Advent/Christmas/Epiphany

William L. Self


Isaiah 64:1-9

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While we were keeping our eighteen-month-old grandson for the weekend so his parents could catch up on their sleep, my wife Carolyn and I were talking about this sermon. I had the idea, but it lacked something. Carolyn had taken Benjamin upstairs for his nap. About fifteen minutes later, she came bursting into my study and said, "I've got it! Read this," and she thrust into my hand Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss. As she was reading this book to Benjamin, she came upon these words:

The Waiting Place
... for people just waiting.

Waiting for a train to go

or a bus to come, or a plane to go

or the mail to come,

or the rain to go

or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow

or waiting around for a Yes or No....1


It is Advent, and we are people, pregnant. Pregnant and waiting. We long for the God/man to be born, and this waiting is hard. Our ...

This First Sunday of Advent sermon, The Waiting Place, is based on Isaiah 64:1-9 and relates to First Sunday of Advent of Cycle B of the lectionary. This sermon is excerpted from the book Defining Moments . SermonSuite offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, children's sermons, sermon illustrations, worship resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary worship, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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