Advent 2 (Cycle B)

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  • The Immediate Word

    Dean Feldmeyer
    Thomas Willadsen
    Elena Delhagen
    Mary Austin
    Christopher Keating
    George Reed
    Katy Stenta
    Quantisha Mason-Doll
    For December 10, 2023:
    • Mea Culpa by Dean Feldmeyer — Advent is a good time to start preaching about repentance.
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  • Emphasis Preaching Journal

    David Coffin
    Amidst this season of Advent, where can mainline church leaders find hope amidst headlines in many churches’ magazines reporting the steady decline of church attendance and membership? In one study, church American membership has dipped below 50% in contrast to close to 70-75% in previous decades. Why is this and how can church leaders respond in a season where one hears the songs of commercial...
  • Emphasis Preaching Journal

    Bonnie Bates
    Bill Thomas
    Mark Ellingsen
    Frank Ramirez
    Isaiah 40:1-11
    Recently I shared with colleague that Isaiah is my favorite prophet – if it is even possible to choose. This call of Isaiah to the people who are in diaspora – conquered by the Babylonians – is a call to remember. Yes, there is remembering the power and presence of God. There is also a re-membering of the community that are the people of God. “Get you up to a...
  • StoryShare

    Peter Andrew Smith
    “I think that was probably the best dinner we’ve ever had with your parents.” Stephen finished wiping the counter and then turned the dishwasher on. “It was really great to have them over.”

    “They certainly seemed to enjoy themselves and even Dad was talkative,” Molly gave him a kiss on the cheek. “Thanks for cooking.”

    “My pleasure, I enjoyed it.” Stephen paused. “I think I...
  • CSSPlus

    John Jamison
    Object: You need pieces of clothing to dress two children. One is to be dressed in nice clothes, and the other in ‘not-so-nice’ clothes. You could either dress them like they were in Jesus’ day or as they might look today. For Jesus’ day, you might dress one child in a nice robe, with a fancy hat and staff, like a king, and the other just wrapped in something like burlap with a...
  • The Village Shepherd

    Janice B. Scott
    Call to Worship:

    With John the Baptist, in our worship today let us prepare the way of the Lord and make his paths straight.

    Invitation to Confession:

    Jesus, we are not worthy to undo the strap of your sandals.
    Lord, have mercy.

    Jesus, we repent. Forgive our sins.
    Christ, have...

  • SermonStudio

    Richard E. Gribble, CSC
    The voyage of Sir Ernest Shackleton and his 28 men aboard the Endurance bound for Antarctica, which began in 1914, is a story too few know but all should hear. The Imperial Trans-Atlantic Expedition, under Shackleton's command, was the first British Antarctic expedition after Norwegian Ronald Amundsen became the first man to reach the South Pole in December 1911. Inspired by this feat, and...
  • SermonStudio

    Wayne Brouwer
    Somewhere today a woman picks up another dirty shirt and tosses it into the laundry basket. She shakes her head and thinks, "I've got to get out of this marriage! He treats me like dirt! I deserve someone better, someone who really loves me! God knows I've put up with more than anyone needs to."

    But she sees the picture of their wedding day on the dresser and stops. She remembers...
  • SermonStudio

    Stan Purdum
    (See Proper 12/Pentecost 10/Ordinary Time 17, Cycle C, for an alternative approach.)

    This psalm is a communal prayer for help. After acknowledging the great help of the Lord to their ancestors (v. 1), these psalm-singers plead with God to do the same again (v. 4). Though the circumstances are not named, many scholars believe this psalm refers to impending return from exile,...
  • SermonStudio

    Thomas G. Long
    Bright Lights, Big City is Jay McInerney's searingly-witty, emotion-ripping novel of one man's perilous drift down an alcohol and white-powder-polluted stream of delayed adolescence. The young man is bright, creative, and desperately lonely. His language is marked by the kind of sarcasm which forms at the intersection of keen intelligence, comic conceit, and human desolation. (He...

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