On the First Sunday after Christmas, our seminarian preaches from Hebrews 2 and John 1.
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Behold the wonder of this most Holy night. A baby is born in a stable to a poor family. Choirs of angels sing in perfect and magnificent harmony to celebrate. Shepherds working the night shift outside Bethlehem city leave their flocks to tend to themselves as they go find this child. Tonight is the night to be stilled by the deep wonder of it all.
Today was Gaudete Sunday. Our Gospel passage from Matthew 11 presents us with John in a dark place - death row in Herod’s prison. Hardly a scant trace of joy to be found. John sends his disciples to Jesus to ask him, “Are you the One who is to come or should we wait for another?” What’s this about? Are those dark prison walls getting to him? Is John disappointed in Jesus? Is he doubting Jesus? Is he thinking, “Was I wrong about you, Jesus?”
For the Second Sunday of Advent, our Deacon Sean Ewing speaks to the theme of peace. The scriptures for this day were Isaiah 11:1-10 and Matthew 3:1-12.
Advent makes outrageous assertions and one great outrageous assurance. May we be found awake, ready, and waiting when the Lord comes. The text preached was from the Gospel of St. Luke 24:36-44.