First Sunday after Epiphany The Lord's Servant
Isaiah 42: 1-9 Psalm 89: 1-20 Acts 10: 34-38 Mark 1: 7-11
Isaiah 42:1-9 is considered to be the first of the great Servant Songs. In its original context, historically... the passage refers to Cyrus, the King of Persia, who set the Hebrew people free from captivity and exile. However, this passage, based on Matthew's reference in 12:18-21, is also explicitly referring to the person of Jesus Christ.
Third Sunday in Advent Let It Be Unto Me
Matthew 1: 18-28 Luke 1: 26-38
This Sunday I would like to focus on the two of the three angelic visitation stories that precede the birth of Jesus. One is from what the church refers to as the incarnation, where Mary is told by the angel that she is with child through the work of the Holy Spirit. The other reading focuses on Joseph and his reactions to an angelic visit. I believed that these two stories should be read together. They give us a vivid picture of how the lives of these two people are so completely and radically changed by their encounter with the angel.
First Sunday in Advent Be Ready!
Mark 13: 24-37
This morning we are going to deal with one of the most difficult passages in the gospels. As we look forward to our celebration of the birth of the Christ-child, this morning's gospel, in the same way that some of the others from the last few weeks have done, compels us to be watchful and ready for the day of his coming. However, this word of the Lord is not about the birth....but about his coming at the end of time. The principles of watchfulness and readiness apply as we prepare for Christmas, but the warning for readiness in this gospel relates to two other events in history.
Second Sunday in Advent Incarnate
Isaiah 40: 1-11 1 Peter 3: 8-13 Mark 1: 1-8
What would it truly mean for us to live among and to be an integral part of the community to which we have been called by God ... to be a voice in the wilderness. t would it truly mean for us to live among and to be an integral part of the community to which we have been called by God ... to be a voice in the wilderness...