This Advent, the news seems to be filled with stories of controversy, violence, hatred, prejudice, and overall meanness. It’s nothing unique, unfortunately, but this year feels particularly heavy to me. In contrast to the sadness in the news, the Philippians reading from the RCL jumped out at me – I thank God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy… that your love may overflow. What a difference this is from the ways that people treat each other in the rest of society!
What message do your folks need to hear this weekend? The RCL also has an amazing prophesy in Malachi or words of hope in Baruch. The Psalm this week is the song of Zechariah, which is beautiful and could serve as the focus for a sermon. And, of course, there’s John the Baptist in the Wilderness in the Gospel reading for the day. Which passage (or combination of passages) will be your focus in worship tomorrow? You can find reflections on the RCL from earlier this week here.
In the Narrative Lectionary, Isaiah heralds the coming of the Lord. The leveling of mountains and raising up of valleys seems also to be a strong contrast to our world in which the rich continue to get richer and the poor continue to get poorer. There was some thoughtful reflection on what this means for our churches in this week’s NL post from Tuesday
Where is the good news for you and your congregation this week? What other Advent preparations are filling your days and your worship services? Pull up a chair, help yourself to a cup of tea, and share your reflections and ponderings with us!
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