Category Archives: Advent

Advent 3: Year B

Prepare the Way Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 Psalm 126 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 John 1:6-8, 19-28 John the Baptist’s ministry was vital for developing the climax of God’s revelation. The thread of Hebrew religious history had to be brought together to prepare … Continue reading

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Advent 2: Year B

Repent Isaiah 40:1-11 Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13 2 Peter 3:8-15a, 18 Mark 1:1-8 John’s ministry is one of preparation, calling people to repentance, baptism, confession and forgiveness – the elements of our own preparation for encountering the living God. There is … Continue reading

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Advent 1: Year B

Watch. Wait. Be ready. Isaiah 64:1-9 Psalm 80:1-18 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 Mark 13:24-37 Chapter 13 of Mark is full of ominous signs and strong words of advice. It may seem obscure to us today, but it is full of distinctly … Continue reading

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Advent 4: Year A

Name the child “Emmanuel” Isaiah 7:10-17 Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18 Romans 1:1-7 Matthew 1:18-25 Matthew’s story of the birth of Jesus includes a quotation from Isaiah, “Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called … Continue reading

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Advent 3: Year A

The promised day of God is dawning Isaiah 35:1-10 Psalm 146:4-9 James 5:7-10 Matthew 11:2-11 Advent is also a desert time. But soon joy shall come, as written in this Hebrew traditional song: Joy shall come even to the wilderness, … Continue reading

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Advent 2: Year A

A voice in the wilderness crying Isaiah 11:1-10 Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 Romans 15:4-13 Matthew 3:1-12 During Advent we are called to prepare the way of the Lord. Through repentance we are able to prepare our hearts to accept the gift … Continue reading

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Advent 4: Year C

Pregnancy and Promise Micah 5:2-5a Psalm 80:1-7 Hebrews 10:5-10 Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) “Advent is the waiting season, hoping to be rediscovered. She is seasoned waiting, wishing wisdom and pregnant with promised life. She is a season conceived each day.” Joseph … Continue reading

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