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God's Two Hands
First Sunday of Advent

from the book
Sermons for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany


Jeremiah 33:14-16


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Again as the years turn, as the planets swing around the sun, we come to the season of Advent, the renewal of hope, the fulfilment of promise: the Christ is on the way! God brings us back again and again to the moment of hope, of vision. He yearns to see us bring the vision into reality in the relations of human beings on the planet earth. God gives us the vision; he has made it clear in Christ; he offers us sustaining grace; and he waits.

Why not first strive for joy? Everyone wants joy. But it doesn't come that way. Joy comes through righteousness and the universal experience and expression of love made real in life. God waits with a sad heart; but he still holds out the promise:

Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will perform that good thing which I have promised ... In those days ... will I cause the branch of righteousness to ...

This First Sunday of Advent sermon, God's Two Hands, is based on Jeremiah 33:14-16 and relates to First Sunday of Advent of Cycle C of the lectionary. This sermon is excerpted from the book GOD'S TWO HANDS . 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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