Happy New Year!
This is the First Sunday of Advent, and we start a new cycle of readings known as Year B. This year, we'll focus on the gospel of Mark. According to Matt Skinner, who is quoted in this sermon and wrote this article, this is the perfect time to be learning from the Gospel of Mark.
Also, quoted is Rev. Dirk van der Duim, and you can read more about the church he serves Grace Lutheran Church, here.
Finally, this sermon references our Compliment Box, so you canlearn more about that here.
The text is Mark 13:24-37 and Isaiah 64:1-9.
Homework (Or, Advent Discipline)
We keep awake by being Jesus in the world, and noticing where Jesus is in the world. As the sermon discusses, we end the world of brokenness and oppression, and find that Jesus is here making a new world of love and hope. Where do you see Jesus doing that this week? Where is Jesus doing this for you, and where are you doing this for others? Leave your comments below, or bring them to church on Sunday if you can be there in person. Let's compliment Jesus in our Compliment Box this Advent!
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