Sermons on Advent
Peace – this word means: SHALOM, describing a state of wholeness where it’s the bringing back into order that which has been shattered – lost in disorder!
LOVE! There are however SO many definitions of this much-used word.
JOY is from our being aligned with what is good for others.
Biblical ‘hope’ (elpis) is not so much about what we may be wanting as about our expectation of what God has promised.
Saying ‘yes’ in our own lives has the capacity to change our life.
To take heart, to be positive, to rejoice even in the midst of their own stark and precarious circumstances.
We are also called to trust in God’s presence right in the middle of being so easily distracted by the needs and demands of the festive season.
“Stand up! Lift up Your Heads, for your Redemption is coming near.”
Maybe you too, like the author of Isaiah, have been so fed up with the world around you, the way things seem to be, that in complete exasperation you have shook your fist at the heavens and declared “Oh, that you would rip open the heavens and descend!”
The story of Joseph, and his willingness to have his life upended in the service of love; to risk mockery and the disapproval of his mates as the cost of standing up for the vulnerable and unprotected; to put his whole life in the service of what God is trying to do in the world—this story is another invitation to us.
Think of something you can do that lets you step out of practices that reinforce boundaries and privilege, and into practices that challenge those kinds of boundaries.
That transformed understanding of how God is active in the world will transform us ….
No wonder we don’t like Advent! Especially at this time of the year! We want to cosy up by the fire, and this reading seems to send us out into the cold, icy blast of a blizzard.
Well friends, we’ve made it! We’ve made it to the fourth and final Sunday in the season of Advent. Our waiting is almost over. Almost. This morning’s sermon will wrap up our exploration of the theme we have been following throughout Advent, “Do not be afraid.” We’ve been looking at some of our fears, and at God’s promises in the midst of our fears; God’s words of encouragement, Do not be afraid. Over the Sundays of Advent, our Scripture readings…
We are continuing this week our Advent theme of “Do not be afraid,” exploring our fears and God’s continued call to us of, “Do not be afraid.”
As your pastor, I believe Advent, like fibre, is good for you and so I’m determined to keep working on this with you year after year.