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    Second Sunday of Advent - C
    John Jamison
    In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar—when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, Herod tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of Iturea and Traconitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene— during the high-priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. (vv. 1-2)

    Hello, everyone! (...
  • The Immediate Word

    Second Sunday of Advent - C
    Christopher Keating
    Quantisha Mason-Doll
    Thomas Willadsen
    Mary Austin
    George Reed
    Dean Feldmeyer
    For December 5, 2021:
    • Advent Roadwork by Chris Keating — Our repentance clears the ground so that the foundations of grace and reconciliation can be set. These are the first steps to be undertaken before the massive rebuilding can occur.
    • Second Thoughts: When...
  • Emphasis Preaching Journal

    Second Sunday of Advent - C
    Mark Ellingsen
    We knew it all along, but it takes good messengers if we are to hear it again.

    Baruch 5:1-9
    The initial option for the First Lesson is taken from a letter purported to have been sent by Baruch, the secretary of Jeremiah, from exile in Babylon, to the priests and people of Jerusalem early in the fifth century B.C. (1:1-2).  More than likely, though, it...
  • Emphasis Preaching Journal

    Second Sunday of Advent - C
    Mark Ellingsen
    Bonnie Bates
    Bill Thomas
    Frank Ramirez
    Baruch 5:1-9
    Referring to this lesson, the ancient theologian Irenaeus wrote:

    ... the prophet has pointed out, that as many believers as God has prepared for this purpose, to multiply those left upon earth, should both be under the rule of the saints to minister to this Jerusalem.  (Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol.1, p.565)

    The text is about...
  • StoryShare

    Second Sunday of Advent - C
    Frank Ramirez
    John E. Sumwalt
    “The Real Messanger” by Frank Ramirez
    “The Unforgiving Manure Spreader” by John Sumwalt

    The Real Messanger
    by Frank Ramirez
    Malachi 3:1-4

    See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me…. (Malachi 3:1)

    People read mysteries. We watch mysteries on TV. We go to the...
  • The Village Shepherd

    Second Sunday of Advent - C
    Janice B. Scott
    Roly lay down with his head on his paws and felt lonely. But he wasn't lonely for long, for lots of people came to the entrance to the maze and petted him and patted him and stroked him and spoke to him. Roly perked up, and wondered for the hundredth time what went on in a maze. Still, the family had told him very firmly to stay at the entrance in case he got lost in the maze...
  • SermonStudio

    Alex A. Gondola, Jr.
    Have you ever noticed that many people seem to feel they either have "too much" Christmas or "not enough" Christmas? Television commentator Andy Rooney is one who thinks he has had "too much" Christmas. Andy Rooney, in fact, has proposed a "Christmas Holidays Limitations Act." These are some of the provisions of that Act:

    1. Capital punishment would be mandatory for anyone caught...
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    Second Sunday of Advent - C
    Cynthia E. Cowen
    Every Sunday, a church broadcasts a one-hour service over the waves of 1450 WMIQ, the local radio station. It begins with this announcement, "From the shores of beautiful Crystal Lake, we bring you Our Saviour's morning service."

    One Advent season, the pastor had selected an "in the sandals" sermon series. The first biblical character to be heard from was John the Baptist. As John...
  • SermonStudio

    J. Will Ormond
    The setting and shape of this sermon are obvious. It was preached at Covenant Presbyterian Church, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on the occasion of the fortieth anniversary of the founding of that congregation.

    The church was officially organized on January 30, 1949. I was the first pastor. I remained pastor until May, 1964.

    The sermon itself is mostly a narrative of how I came to...
  • SermonStudio

    Robert S. Jarboe
    Second Sunday In Advent

    For Luke 1:68-79

    (Distribute this sheet to the readers.)

    Reader A:
    Reader B:

    (As the introit is being sung, Readers A and B come forward and stand by the Advent wreath until the music is finished.)

    Reader A:
    Please turn to the...

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