Advent Season Sermons (2009)

Date: December 23, 2009Liturgical Day: The Wednesday before Christmas Eve Sermon Title: It's Almost Here

Summary: As Israel waited for the coming of the Messiah; as a child waits for the opening of presents on Christmas Eve; so too we have waited for the celebration of Christ's birth. It's almost here. May he be born anew among us today, giving us the gifts of comfort and peace and hope and joy that comes from the faith that we share.

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Date: December 20, 2009 Liturgical Day: The Fourth Sunday of Advent Sermon Title: I am the Servant of the Lord; I Live to Do Your Will

Summary: When Gabriel announced that Mary had been chosen by God to be the mother of our Lord, her initial hesitancy gave way to the commitment to live her life in service to God. This life -- the servant life -- is a counter-cultural statement in a world that is all about "me." But to live in such a way is to live out of a deep and powerful sense of hope. Mary teaches us about the blessed reality of living as a servant of God.

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Date: December 16, 2009 Liturgical Day: The Wednesday before the Fourth Sunday of Advent Sermon Title: Magnificent Magnificat

Summary: When Mary and Elizabeth met, both of them pregnant (with Jesus and John), Mary broke into a song of praise. Her Magnificat first delights in what God has done, but soon becomes a prophetic word about the dramatic changes that will come with her son. It is both comforting and challenging for us to contemplate today, this Magnificat of Mary.

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Date: December 13, 2009 Liturgical Day: The Third Sunday of Advent Sermon Title: Christ-like Integrity

Summary: John the Baptist was sent by God to prepare his listeners for the arrival of the Christ. He did so by offering them some simple, practical, concrete advice about faithfulness and integrity. Share. Be honest. Don't take advantage of your position. Simply put, he challenges them to live Christ-like lives, and to know that in doing so, they become more likely to see the presence of Christ when it is in their midst. More likely, also, to be the presence of Christ, to those who haven't yet come to embrace our faith.

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Date: December 9, 2009 Liturgical Day: The Wednesday before the Third Sunday of Advent Sermon Title: He Proclaimed the Good News

Summary: John the Baptist had some hard news to deliver to his listeners. If they wanted to welcome the Messiah into their lives, changes were going to be necessary. But ultimately, his message was good news. He was not just calling them to a higher level of faithfulness (which they would probably have had just as tough of a time fulfilling). He was announcing that the One who calls them to faithfulness loves them enough to die for them, and is coming to give them the gift of new life.

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Date: December 6, 2009 Liturgical Day: The Second Sunday of Advent Sermon Title: Peace with God

Summary: The Apostle Paul writes of the peace with God that comes from being justified (not through our own efforts, but) through faith in Jesus Christ. When our peace is grounded in the character of God (instead of the frailty of our own flawed attempts at faithfulness), everything else becomes secondary. Even suffering does not defeat us, but it produces perseverance, which produces character, and that leads to a hope that is grounded in God's love. Dr. Martin Luther, Bishop Desmond Tutu, Pastor T. Simon Farisani, Bishop Mark Hanson: these are examples of believers who are so grounded in their faith that they are able to persevere through difficult circumstances, and remain both faithful and hopeful. The same is true for us, when our peace with God is based on faith in Jesus Christ.

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Date: December 2, 2009 Liturgical Day: The Wednesday before the Second Sunday of Advent Sermon Title: Brace Yourselves; Here it Comes!

Summary: The ministry of John the Baptist, and the focus of the Advent season, may well be much fiercer -- much more overpowering -- than we might imagine. God's work in our lives is akin to tearing down mountains and filling in valleys. How will the season of Advent give God the opportunity to do that kind of work in our lives?

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Date: November 29, 2009 Liturgical Day: The First Sunday of Advent Sermon Title: These are Written so You May Come to Believe

Summary: The "Bible in 90 Days" project, the Gospel of John (the entire Bible, for that matter), and the season of Advent share a common purpose. At the heart of each of these is the desire that we might come to know Jesus Christ as the Messiah — as our Savior — and that by knowing him we might experience life in his name — the kind of life that can only be experienced as a gift from God. Drawing near to the word, coming to know Christ, and learning what "life in his name" is all about are the ways in which we prepare for Christmas, and the celebration of his presence among us.

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