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Advent 2b 2014
7 Dec.
Isa. 40:1-11; Ps. 85:1-2, 8-13
2 Peter 3:8-15a; Mark 1:1-8
Jack Hardaway

                                    Getting Ready
I have some good news and I have some bad news.
The good news is that God is coming over for supper at your place tonight!
The bad news is that God is coming over for supper at your place tonight.
Think about it.
How do we get ready for a visit from the Almighty?
How do we prepare?
How will I get ready to welcome God’s arrival in my life?

John the Baptist, the baptizer, he was all about getting our house in order for the visit, the arrival.
A baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, and camel hair, and locusts and wild honey: that was his message and his way of living.
Living simply and living a changed life, to welcome the Holy One.
Camel hair and locusts are the easy part, a changed life that welcomes God’s arrival…that is something else.
How do I welcome God into my life?
How have I rejected God’s arrival?

Sometimes I tell people that Christianity, serious Christianity, is not a religion.
Religion is concerned about gaining a pleasant after life.
Christianity is concerned with proclaiming and welcoming the Advent of God’s Kingdom.
Religion asks, “How do I get to heaven?”
Christianity asks, “How do I welcome the arrival of God?”
The psychology is different, the motivation is different.
Religion is about utility, God is useful, “What’s in it for me?”
Christianity is about a relationship, God as lover, “I am falling in love with God.”
One is a life of costly achievement.
The other is a life of costly hospitality.
I have achieved God.
Or, I welcome God’s arrival.
One is anxious.
The other is expectant.

Advent.  It is the season when we heighten our sense of longing and expectation for a world that works the right way, for the arrival of God’s kingdom and God’s rule, for a clear sense of God’s presence, God’s delight, God’s desire, for Jesus’ return as the judge who fulfills and restores all things.  We pine for Jesus.
We long, we expect, we hope, we get ready for the arrival.

May this holy season be full of expectation, invitation and hospitality.


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2014
 
12-07-2014 Advent 1b 2014
11-30-2014 Advent 1b 2014
10-19-2014 Proper 24A 2014
10-12-2014 Proper 23A 2014
9-07-2014 Proper 18A 2014
8-31-2014 Proper 17A 2014
8-24-2014 Proper 16A 2014
8-10-2014 Proper 14A 2014
7-27-2014 Proper 12A 2014
7-20-2014 Proper 11A 2014
6-08-2014 Pentecost 2014
6-01-2014 Easter 7a 2014
5-25-2014 Easter 6a 2014
5-18-2014 Easter 5a 2014
5-11-2014 Easter 4a 2014
5-4-2014 Easter 3a 2014
4-27-2014 Easter 2a 2014
4-20-2014 Easter 2014
4-18-2014 Good Friday 2014
04-09-2014 Lent 5a 2014
03-30-2014 Lent 4a 2014
03-06-2014 Lent 2a 2014
03-09-2014 Lent 1a 2014
03-05-2014 Ash Wednesday 2014
02-23-2014 Epiphany 7a 2014
02-09-2014 Epiphany 5a 2014
01-26-2014 Epiphany 3a 2014(pdf)
01-19-2014 Epiphany 2a 2014
01-12-2014 Epiphany 1a 2014
01-05-2014 Christmas 2 2014
 
2013
12-25-2013 Christmas 2013
12-24-2013 Christmas Eve 2013
12-22-2013 Advent 4a 2013
12-01-2013 Advent 1a 2013
11-24-2013 Proper 29c 2013
11-17-2013 Proper 28c 2013
11-10-2013 Proper 27c 2013
10-27-2013 Proper 25c 2013
10-20-2013 Proper 24c 2013
10-13-2013 Proper 23c 2013
10-06-2013 Proper 22c 2013
9-29-2013 Proper 21c 2013
9-22-2013 Proper 20c 2013
9-15-2013 Proper 19c 2013
9-08-2013 Proper 18c 2013
9-01-2013 Proper 17c 2013
8-25-2013 Proper 16c 2013
8-18-2013 Proper 15c 2013
8-4-2013 Proper 13c 2013
7-28-2013 Proper 12c 2013
7-14-2013 Proper 10c 2013
7-07-2013 Independence Day 2013
6-09-2013 Proper 5c 2013
6-02-2013 Proper 4c 2013
5-26-2013 Trinity Sunday C 2013
5-19-2013 Penecost C 2013
5-12-2013 Ascension Sunday 2013
5-5-2013 Easter 6c 2013
4-17-2013 Easter 4c 2013
4-14-2013 Easter 3c 2013
3-31-2013 Easter 2013
3-29-2013 Good Friday 2013
3-28-2013 Maundy Thursday 2013
3-17-2013 Lent 5c 2013M
3-13-2013 Christ Church Lenten Sermon
3-10-2013 Lent 4c 2013
3-3-2013 Lent 3c 2013
2-24-2013 Lent 2c 2013
2-17-2013 Lent 1c 2013
2-13-2013 Ash Wednesday 2013
1-27-2013 Epiphany 3c 2013
 
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