Third Sunday of Advent,
December 15, 2019
The origin of Advent as a season of fasting to prepare for baptisms at Epiphany is particularly evident on the third Sunday. Whenever God comes—in the past in the history of Israel and the incarnation of Jesus, in the present in the word and sacrament of each Sunday, and in the future at the end of all things—a reorienting of our life is called for. The lectionary’s readings stand in stark contrast to our society’s partying and shopping for Christmas. The coming of Christ means to transform the world, saving all who are in need.
The Readings from the Bible
Isaiah 35:1-10; A poetic oracle put in the mouth of a prophet in the eighth century before Christ describes the return of the redeemed Israelites to the city of Jerusalem. It will be as if all of nature comes to flower and all the sick are cured; even the route to the city will be wide and clear.
James 5:7-10; Perhaps as late as 130 ce, an anonymous Christian, who honored Jesus’ brother James by ascribing this letter to him, wrote a letter encouraging Christians to remain faithful. Much of the letter is general advice for the moral life, since “faith without works is dead.” The appointed verses stress patience until the Lord comes.
Matthew 11:2-11;Half way through his gospel, Matthew narrates a story about John the Baptist, who in prison doubts that Jesus is the one whom John expected. In response, Jesus quotes a different Isaian poem than did John last week, about the wonders of the coming kingdom, where the least will be greatest. Jesus has altered John’s imaginings.
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Children’s worship service
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Wednesday, December 25 at 10:00 a.m.
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