Are you ready? It seems that, no matter how well I plan, something always takes me by surprise when the old year gives way to Advent. It might be in the liturgy, or the decorations, or the way the first Sunday in Advent can’t seem to decide if it belongs in November or December. But here we are, ready or not. It’s Advent!
What is taking you by surprise this year? How do your traditions fit with the scriptures for this first Sunday in Advent? Are you beating your weapons into farming tools with Isaiah, or looking to Christ’s second coming with Matthew? Thoughts on the Revised Common Lectionary passages may give you some inspiration. If you follow the Narrative Lectionary, the prophet Jeremiah has something to say about righteousness and God’s covenant with David.
Let us know how you’re coming with worship elements, sermon ideas, and general Advent planning. If you have a children’s message ready, we’d love to know about it. Let’s encourage each other as we head into this season together – and may all your surprises be pleasant ones!
Rev. Jo Anne Taylor is an Evangelical Covenant Church pastor serving First United Methodist Church in New Ulm, Minnesota. Sermons and recipes on her blog reflect her firm belief that God sings, and since we are all made in God’s image, we should be singing, too.
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