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Bearing fruit -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Leah Thompson -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
SHARING THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL THEME AT SUNDAY SCHOOL AND AT HOME
Prepare your hearts -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A
We are busily preparing our homes. The schools are putting up decorations.
Producing good fruit -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A
Teachers or Parents: John the Baptist warns us that
Popular John -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - A
Teachers or Parents: Bring a newspaper or news magazine.
The peanut butter -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A
SHARING THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL THEME AT SUNDAY SCHOOL AND AT HOMEMaterials:

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Children's Bulletin (ages 8-10) -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A

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Children's Bulletin (ages 5 - 7) -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A

Commentary

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Hints and Anticipations -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2022
There is a powerful scene in Herman Melville’s great epic, Moby Dick, where Captain Ahab st
A More Perfect Union -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12 -- David Kalas -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2019
Broadly speaking, we human beings turn to two solutions to try to make things better.
After the storm -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2016
What difference does my life make for others around me? What difference does anyone’s life make?
Heeding the prophets -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12 -- Cathy Venkatesh -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013
In the Book of Common Prayer, the collect for Advent 2 reads: Merciful God, who sent your
The peaceable kingdom -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12, Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 -- Wayne Brouwer, Schuyler Rhodes -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
What difference does my life make for others around me?
Keep looking -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12, Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Alone for his first cruise ship voyage, a young man felt a stranger among crowds of aging
From dawn 'til high noon -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 1998
The pericopes for this Sunday challenge us to think about the difficult theological tension between
God always comes -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 1995
During my growing up years we had no family automobile. My father walked to work and home again.
And now, introducing ... -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12, Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 -- David Kalas -- Second Sunday of Advent - A
In the United States just now, we're in the period between the election and the inauguration of the
Roots, Sprouts and repentance! -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Matthew 3:1-12 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A
The world and the church approach the "Mass of Christ" with a different pace, and "atmospheres" that

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Hints and Anticipations -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2022
There is a powerful scene in Herman Melville’s great epic, Moby Dick, where Captain Ahab st
A More Perfect Union -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12 -- David Kalas -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2019
Broadly speaking, we human beings turn to two solutions to try to make things better.

Children's bulletin

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Children's Bulletin (ages 8-10) -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A

Gospel Grams 1

Children's Bulletin (ages 5 - 7) -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A

Children's Liturgy and Story

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Praxis Is Left Behind -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Janice B. Scott -- Second Sunday of Advent - A
Call to Worship:

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Praxis Is Left Behind -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Janice B. Scott -- Second Sunday of Advent - A
Call to Worship:

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A Pretty Special Gift #2! -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- John Jamison -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2022
Object: You need just a few pieces of clothing to dress six children.
Unexpected Teacher -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Bethany Peerbolte -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2019
Matthew introduces John the Baptist, the person who God has sent to prepare the people for Jesus.
All Dirty! -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Mary Kay Eichelman -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2016
Who is brave today and wants to take out the item in my bag?  I have to warn you that it isn't the c
Choosing to Love -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Anna Shirey -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013
First Thoughts
Bearing fruit -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Leah Thompson -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
Even now the axe is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good
Sandals -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
I baptize you with water for repentance, but one who is more powerful than I is
Sandals -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Materials:
Prepare your hearts -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A
It's the second Sunday in Advent! There are only two more weeks until Christmas!
Producing good fruit -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A
Good morning! What do I have here in my hand? (Show the
Popular John -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A
I brought with me today a poster of a candidate who ran for
The peanut butter -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A
I baptize you with water for repentance, but one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I a

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A Pretty Special Gift #2! -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- John Jamison -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2022
Object: You need just a few pieces of clothing to dress six children.
Unexpected Teacher -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Bethany Peerbolte -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2019
Matthew introduces John the Baptist, the person who God has sent to prepare the people for Jesus.
Repentance That Matters -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12, Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 -- Thomas Willadsen, Bethany Peerbolte, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2019
For December 8, 2019:

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Repentance That Matters -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12, Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 -- Thomas Willadsen, Bethany Peerbolte, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2019
For December 8, 2019:
Hungry For Peace -- Matthew 3:1-12, Romans 15:4-13, Isaiah 11:1-10 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Robin Lostetter, Beth Herrinton-Hodge, Christopher Keating -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2016
This week’s lectionary text from Isaiah offers his vision of the “peaceable kingdom” -- a world wher
Advance To The Rear -- Matthew 3:1-12, Romans 15:4-13, Isaiah 11:1-10 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013
The Isaiah passage appointed by the lectionary for this coming Sunday tells us that “A shoot shal
A Love-Hate Relationship -- Matthew 3:1-12, Romans 15:4-13, Isaiah 11:1-10, Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 -- Kate Murphy, Ron Love, George Reed -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
The figure of John the Baptist is one that seems oddly discordant in the middle of our "holiday" sea
Illustrations For December 9, 2007 From The Immediate Word -- Matthew 3:1-12, Romans 15:4-13, Isaiah 11:1-10, Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
The process of metamorphosis changes the whole being into something entirely new.
An Unlikely Time -- Matthew 3:1-12, Romans 15:4-13, Isaiah 11:1-10, Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 -- Scott Suskovic, Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Advent is a time of waiting, of expectation. But what are we waiting for?
The Message On A Postcard -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Carlos Wilton -- Second Sunday of Advent - A
December 5, 2004Second Sunday in Advent / Cycle A

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Children, Get Ready! -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Brett Blair, Tim Carpenter
Exegetical Aim: Christmas reminds us to "produce fruit in keeping with repentance."
Grow Like A Fruit Tree -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Wesley T. Runk
Object: an ax

Children's Story

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The Annual Nativity Play -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Janice B. Scott -- Second Sunday of Advent - A
Roddy was plunged into gloom.

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The Annual Nativity Play -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Janice B. Scott -- Second Sunday of Advent - A
Roddy was plunged into gloom.

Devotional

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Advent 2 -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near ...

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Never Too Late -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Pamela J. Tinnin, Bass M. Mitchell, Peter K. Perry -- 2004
Pamela J. Tinnin
Phil Pharisee And The Baptizer -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12 -- John A. Tenbrook -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2001
Thespian Theological Thoughts
Bible Trivia -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 1998
ThemeWhat are some of the interesting facts about the life of John the Baptist?

Illustration

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Sermon Illustrations for Advent 2 (2022) -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12 -- Bill Thomas, Frank Ramirez, Mark Ellingsen, Bonnie Bates -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2022
Isaiah 11:1-10
Sermon Illustrations for Advent 2 (2019) -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12 -- Bill Thomas, Frank Ramirez, Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love, Bonnie Bates -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2019
Isaiah 11:1-10
Sermon Illustrations for Advent 2 (2016) -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12 -- Bill Thomas, Frank Ramirez, Bob Ove, Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love, Bonnie Bates -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2016
Isaiah 11:1-10
Sermon Illustrations for Advent 2 (2013) -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12 -- Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love, Bob Ove, Derl G. Keefer -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013
Isaiah 11:1-10
John the Baptist... -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013
John the Baptist called his followers, calls us, to repentance!
The renegade... -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Derl G. Keefer -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013
The renegade prophet/preacher used his human voice to articulate a message from God.
Carol Klein... -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Ron Love -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013
Carol Klein, with schoolbooks under one arm and a sheet of music under the other, got off the expres
NULL -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Leah Thompson -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
It's the Wild West. Tumbleweeds chase each other across the dusty street.
NULL -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Ron Love -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
It is discouraging that so many Christian evangelists have popularized meaningless, and actually a d
NULL -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
The poet, R. S. Thomas... -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
The poet, R. S. Thomas, describes Wales as a place with no future but only a past. His
John the Baptist used a... -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
John the Baptist used a word rarely heard anymore. The New York Times
A part of our preparation... -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
A part of our preparation for Christmas should include a word of joy. Some of you have
The poet, R. S. Thomas... -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
The poet, R. S. Thomas, describes Wales as a place with no future but only a past.
John the Baptist used a... -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
John the Baptist used a word rarely heard anymore.
A part of our preparation... -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
A part of our preparation for Christmas should include a word of joy.
Mary was upset by her... -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- 2001
Mary was upset by her pastor's sermon and confronted him about it on Monday morning.

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Sermon Illustrations for Advent 2 (2022) -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12 -- Bill Thomas, Frank Ramirez, Mark Ellingsen, Bonnie Bates -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2022
Isaiah 11:1-10
Repentance That Matters -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12, Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 -- Thomas Willadsen, Bethany Peerbolte, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2019
For December 8, 2019:

The Immediate Word

Repentance That Matters -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12, Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 -- Thomas Willadsen, Bethany Peerbolte, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2019
For December 8, 2019:
Hungry For Peace -- Matthew 3:1-12, Romans 15:4-13, Isaiah 11:1-10 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Robin Lostetter, Beth Herrinton-Hodge, Christopher Keating -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2016
This week’s lectionary text from Isaiah offers his vision of the “peaceable kingdom” -- a world wher
Advance To The Rear -- Matthew 3:1-12, Romans 15:4-13, Isaiah 11:1-10 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013
The Isaiah passage appointed by the lectionary for this coming Sunday tells us that “A shoot shal
A Love-Hate Relationship -- Matthew 3:1-12, Romans 15:4-13, Isaiah 11:1-10, Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 -- Kate Murphy, Ron Love, George Reed -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
The figure of John the Baptist is one that seems oddly discordant in the middle of our "holiday" sea
Illustrations For December 9, 2007 From The Immediate Word -- Matthew 3:1-12, Romans 15:4-13, Isaiah 11:1-10, Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
The process of metamorphosis changes the whole being into something entirely new.
An Unlikely Time -- Matthew 3:1-12, Romans 15:4-13, Isaiah 11:1-10, Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 -- Scott Suskovic, Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Advent is a time of waiting, of expectation. But what are we waiting for?

Intercession

The Village Shepherd

God Of Love... -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Janice B. Scott -- Second Sunday of Advent - A
Prayers usually include these concerns and may follow this sequence:

Preaching

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Repentance That Matters -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12, Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 -- Thomas Willadsen, Bethany Peerbolte, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2019
For December 8, 2019:
Hungry For Peace -- Matthew 3:1-12, Romans 15:4-13, Isaiah 11:1-10 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Robin Lostetter, Beth Herrinton-Hodge, Christopher Keating -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2016
This week’s lectionary text from Isaiah offers his vision of the “peaceable kingdom” -- a world wher
Advance To The Rear -- Matthew 3:1-12, Romans 15:4-13, Isaiah 11:1-10 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013
The Isaiah passage appointed by the lectionary for this coming Sunday tells us that “A shoot shal
A Love-Hate Relationship -- Matthew 3:1-12, Romans 15:4-13, Isaiah 11:1-10, Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 -- Kate Murphy, Ron Love, George Reed -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
The figure of John the Baptist is one that seems oddly discordant in the middle of our "holiday" sea
Illustrations For December 9, 2007 From The Immediate Word -- Matthew 3:1-12, Romans 15:4-13, Isaiah 11:1-10, Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
The process of metamorphosis changes the whole being into something entirely new.
An Unlikely Time -- Matthew 3:1-12, Romans 15:4-13, Isaiah 11:1-10, Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 -- Scott Suskovic, Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Advent is a time of waiting, of expectation. But what are we waiting for?
The Message On A Postcard -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Carlos Wilton -- Second Sunday of Advent - A
December 5, 2004Second Sunday in Advent / Cycle A

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Repentance That Matters -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12, Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 -- Thomas Willadsen, Bethany Peerbolte, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2019
For December 8, 2019:

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Second Sunday Of Advent -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12 -- Carlos Wilton -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
Theme For The Day
Second Sunday Of Advent -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2004
THE LESSONSLesson 1: Isaiah 11:1--10 (C, RC, E)
Second Sunday Of Advent -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2001
Seasonal Theme
Second Sunday In Advent -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 1998
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONSLesson 1: Isaiah 11:1-10 (C, RC, E)
Advent 2 -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Richard A. Jensen -- 1998
Enter John the Baptist. Matthew doesn't introduce this desert prophet until now.
Advent 2 -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Richard A. Jensen -- 1998
Enter John the Baptist. Matthew doesn't introduce this desert prophet until now.
The Attitude of Repentance -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12 -- Russell F. Anderson -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 1995
BRIEF COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS
Second Sunday Of Advent -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 1992
Lesson 1: Isaiah 11:1-10 (C, E, L, RC)
Second Sunday of Advent -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12 -- George M. Bass -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 1989
The church year theological clue

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Repentance That Matters -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12, Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 -- Thomas Willadsen, Bethany Peerbolte, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2019
For December 8, 2019:
Hungry For Peace -- Matthew 3:1-12, Romans 15:4-13, Isaiah 11:1-10 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Robin Lostetter, Beth Herrinton-Hodge, Christopher Keating -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2016
This week’s lectionary text from Isaiah offers his vision of the “peaceable kingdom” -- a world wher
Advance To The Rear -- Matthew 3:1-12, Romans 15:4-13, Isaiah 11:1-10 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013
The Isaiah passage appointed by the lectionary for this coming Sunday tells us that “A shoot shal
A Love-Hate Relationship -- Matthew 3:1-12, Romans 15:4-13, Isaiah 11:1-10, Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 -- Kate Murphy, Ron Love, George Reed -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
The figure of John the Baptist is one that seems oddly discordant in the middle of our "holiday" sea
Illustrations For December 9, 2007 From The Immediate Word -- Matthew 3:1-12, Romans 15:4-13, Isaiah 11:1-10, Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
The process of metamorphosis changes the whole being into something entirely new.
An Unlikely Time -- Matthew 3:1-12, Romans 15:4-13, Isaiah 11:1-10, Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 -- Scott Suskovic, Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Advent is a time of waiting, of expectation. But what are we waiting for?
The Message On A Postcard -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Carlos Wilton -- Second Sunday of Advent - A
December 5, 2004Second Sunday in Advent / Cycle A

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Repentance That Matters -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12, Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 -- Thomas Willadsen, Bethany Peerbolte, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2019
For December 8, 2019:
Mother Teresa And The Messianic Life -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Matthew 3:1-12 -- Michael D. Wuchter -- 2006
"On that day," promised wild Isaiah, "on that day when things are finally set right, the wolf sha

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Hard Words To Hear At Christmas -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Charles L. Aaron, Jr. -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
We've gathered here today on the second Sunday of Advent to continue to prepare ourselves for the co
John The Baptist And Jewel Cave -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Michael D. Wuchter -- 2006
In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, "Prepare ye the
Mother Teresa And The Messianic Life -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Matthew 3:1-12 -- Michael D. Wuchter -- 2006
"On that day," promised wild Isaiah, "on that day when things are finally set right, the wolf sha
Road Rage -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Susan R. Andrews -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2004
When our children were small, a nice church lady named Chris made them a child--friendly creche.
Prepare For Arrival -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Linda Schiphorst Mccoy -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2001
Have you ever been on a plane and heard the captain tell the cabin crew to "prepare for arrival"?
Speak For Yourself! -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- William B. Kincaid, III -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 1998
What do Richard Nixon and Shirley Temple have in common?
The Baptist's Prophecy -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Mark Wm. Radecke -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 1995
In her Pulitzer Prize winning book, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, author Annie Dillard recalls thi
The Man In The River -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- John B. Jamison -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 1992
One after the other they didn't show up. A whole string of appointments; a morning full of them.

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The Christian Use Of Anger -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Janice B. Scott -- Second Sunday of Advent - A
There was an incident some years ago, when an elderly lady in some village parish in England was

Stories

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Rah! Rah! Sis Boom Bah! -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Frank Ramirez -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2022
But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming for his baptism, he said to them, “Yo
Repentance -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Peter Andrew Smith -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2016
Contents "Repentance" by Peter Andrew Smith Repentance
The Tree -- Matthew 3:1-12, Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 -- Keith Hewitt, Frank Ramirez -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013
Contents"The Tree" by Keith Hewitt "Think Like a Bee" by Frank Ramirez
Just Like -- Us? -- Matthew 3:1-12, Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 -- Keith Hewitt, Larry Winebrenner -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
Contents"Just Like -- Us?" by Keith Hewitt
Preparing The Way -- Matthew 3:1-12, Romans 15:4-13, Isaiah 11:1-10, Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 -- Frank R. Fisher, David O. Bales -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Contents What's Up This Week "Preparing the Way" by Frank Fisher
Baptism Of Repentance -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12, Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Second Sunday of Advent - A
Contents What's Up This Week A Story to Live By: "Baptism of Repentance"

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Rah! Rah! Sis Boom Bah! -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Frank Ramirez -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2022
But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming for his baptism, he said to them, “Yo

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The Fire Within -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2004
"I baptize you with water for repentance, but one who is more powerful than I is coming after me;
The Exit Ramp -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Timothy J. Smith -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 1998
He stood there at the exit ramp, an imposing figure.

Worship

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Repentance That Matters -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12, Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 -- Thomas Willadsen, Bethany Peerbolte, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2019
For December 8, 2019:
Hungry For Peace -- Matthew 3:1-12, Romans 15:4-13, Isaiah 11:1-10 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Robin Lostetter, Beth Herrinton-Hodge, Christopher Keating -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2016
This week’s lectionary text from Isaiah offers his vision of the “peaceable kingdom” -- a world wher
Advance To The Rear -- Matthew 3:1-12, Romans 15:4-13, Isaiah 11:1-10 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013
The Isaiah passage appointed by the lectionary for this coming Sunday tells us that “A shoot shal
A Love-Hate Relationship -- Matthew 3:1-12, Romans 15:4-13, Isaiah 11:1-10, Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 -- Kate Murphy, Ron Love, George Reed -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
The figure of John the Baptist is one that seems oddly discordant in the middle of our "holiday" sea
Illustrations For December 9, 2007 From The Immediate Word -- Matthew 3:1-12, Romans 15:4-13, Isaiah 11:1-10, Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
The process of metamorphosis changes the whole being into something entirely new.
An Unlikely Time -- Matthew 3:1-12, Romans 15:4-13, Isaiah 11:1-10, Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 -- Scott Suskovic, Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Advent is a time of waiting, of expectation. But what are we waiting for?
The Message On A Postcard -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Carlos Wilton -- Second Sunday of Advent - A
December 5, 2004Second Sunday in Advent / Cycle A

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Repentance That Matters -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12, Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 -- Thomas Willadsen, Bethany Peerbolte, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2019
For December 8, 2019:

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Second Sunday In Advent -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Robert S. Jarboe -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
(Distribute this sheet to the readers.)Date:Reader A:
Bulletin Insert for Second Sunday in Advent for Year A -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12, Psalm 72:1-7, 17-19 -- Robert S. Jarboe -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Second Sunday In AdventAdvent Wreath Service Reader A:
Advent 2 -- Matthew 3:1-12, Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 -- Amy C. Schifrin, Martha Shonkwiler -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Litany Of Confession P: Wild animals flourish around us,
Advent 2 -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12 -- Thom M. Shuman -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Call To WorshipOne: We gather, in this place, in this time of worship
Will We Let Little Children Lead Us? -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12 -- Frank Ramirez -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2004
Call To Worship (Isaiah 11:6)
Second Sunday Of Advent -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12 -- Beverly S. Bailey -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2004
HymnsLo, How A Rose E'er Blooming (UM216, PH48, CBH211, NCH127)
Second Sunday Of Advent -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2001
Theme: Prepare The Way Of The LordCall To Worship
Promise -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Wayne H. Keller -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 1998
The Community Gathers To Celebrate God's PromiseInvitation to the Celebration
Second Sunday In Advent -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 1998
First Lesson: Isaiah 11:1-10Theme: From Jesse's StumpCall To Worship
SECOND SUNDAY IN ADVENT -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12 -- B. David Hostetter -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 1992
CALL TO WORSHIP
The qualities and consequences of the One who comes -- Psalm 72, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12 -- Paul A. Laughlin -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 1989
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