Sermons tagged with ‘Advent’

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The Sunday of Peace: “Comfort My People”

The Sunday of Peace: “Comfort My People” Based on Isaiah 40: 1-11 and Mark 1: 1-8   Today’s Gospel reading is the opening verses of Mark. Mark by the way is the oldest of the 4 gospels of the NT, and is the basis for the writers who wrote the Gospels of Luke and Matthew. […]

Jesus, are you for real – Message for Advent 3

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Are you for real Jesus? Are you the one? Message for Advent 3. Based on Matthew 11. 2-11   Last week’s gospel reading, if you recall, was the fire and brimstone prophet John the Baptist. He is baptizing all those who are coming to him to repent—confess their sins and be baptized, baptism an ancient […]

Where’s the Good News in that ? Advent 2

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Where’s the Good News in That? Message for the Second Sunday of Advent 2016: Based on Isaiah 11: 1-10, Matthew 3: 1-12 An interesting selection of scripture readings for this second Sunday of Advent. From the OT, a beautifully descriptive passage, a poem from the prophet Isaiah; a psalm of praise; a welcoming to the […]

Still Watching & Waiting, Message for Advent 1

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Message for the First Sunday of Advent: Still Watching and Waiting! Based on: Matthew 24: 36-44, Romans 13: 11-14 Well, you can tell it’s Advent by the New Testament scriptures we have for today — warnings about proper behaviour and the end of the world coming. We hear about Paul’s admonitions to the members of […]

Fulling & Fire! Message for Advent 2

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Second Sunday of Advent, 2012 Based on Malachi 3: 1-4 “Look! I am sending my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. Then the Lord you are seeking will suddenly come to his Temple. The messenger of the covenant, whom you look for so eagerly, is surely coming,” says the LORD of Heaven’s […]

Be Prepared! Message for Third Sunday of Advent

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Be Prepared! Message for the Third Sunday in Advent (Based on Luke 3: 7-18) “You brood of vipers.” Well now, isn’t that a great opening line for a sermon—and opening line for the gospel reading! And another fire and brimstone gospel reading for Advent, which goes contrary to the pre-Christmas traditions we are exposed to […]

Rector’s Advent & Christmas Letter 2015

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“Prepare the way of the Lord, prepare the way of the Lord, and all people will see the salvation of our God.”(Taize Hymn) I have just turned the page on the calendar and it is the first day of December, which for me always feels like the countdown to Christmas is really on—even though the […]

Season of Advent

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Happy Advent ! Some activities of note: ·         We have a ‘sock and mitten’ tree at both the churches.  Socks, mittens (hats too) as well as gently used children’s books are being collected for the children of the Cape Crocker First Nations.  Dave and Barb McCallum’s granddaughter is doing a school co-op placement up there […]

The Road Maker ~ Message for Advent 2

“ The Road Maker” Message for the Second Sunday of Advent, December 7, 2014 Based on: Isaiah 40: 1-11 & Mark 1: 1-8 Today’s Gospel reading is the opening verses of Mark. “The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.” (Mk 1.1 NRSV) Sounds like it could maybe even be […]

Message for the Second Sunday of Advent

Where’s the Good News in That? Message for the Second Sunday of Advent:  Based on Isaiah 11: 1-10, Matthew 3: 1-12 Another wonderfully descriptive passage from Isaiah again for our OT scripture, this week a poem.  In fact each week in Advent we have been reading from the prophet Isaiah.  Scholars are unsure just when […]