A pilgrimage sermon by Teresa Ramsey

Image of black hole with a blue center, surrounded by starsDecember 1, 2019

The First Sunday of Advent

Good Morning Seekers family and good morning to my family here today, my husband Will. It has been some time since I have preached, yet I still remember the sudden anxiety attack that occurs upon taking the podium. Prayer helps so let us begin with a prayer: Holy One, please continue to bless us today with your presence. Please bless my words and ideas that, however lacking, they might fulfill your purposes and touch the hearts of those for whom you intend them. Amen

When I asked to speak today, I knew that the theme for this advent season would be “what do you see?…

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2019 Advent liturgy: “What do you hear? What do you see?”

The wooden altar table holds four dark blue tapers surrounding a large white pillar candle on a dark velvelt cloth with an unruly bundle of starry wire serving as the Advent "wreath"GATHERING

ENTRANCE

REFLECTION

Our God is an expert at dealing with chaos, with brokenness, with all the worst that we can imagine. God created order out of disorder, cosmos out of chaos, and God can do so always, can do so now―in our personal lives and in our lives as nations, globally. … Indeed, God is transforming the world now―through us―because God loves us.

― Desmond Tutu, from the introduction to God Has a Dream: A Vision of Hope for Our Time

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2019 Advent Lectionary: What do you hear? What do you see?

Our God is an expert at dealing with chaos, with brokenness, with all the worst that we can imagine. God created order out of disorder, cosmos out of chaos, and God can do so always, can do so now―in our personal lives and in our lives as nations, globally. … Indeed, God is transforming the world now―through us―because God loves us.

― Desmond Tutu, from the introduction to God Has a Dream: A Vision of Hope for Our Time

What are you finding in this Advent?

 Advent 1
December 1 
Isaiah 2:1‑5
Psalm 122
Romans 13:11‑14
Matthew 24:36‑44

Advent 4
December 22 
Isaiah 7:10‑16
Psalm 80:1‑7, 17‑19
Romans 1:1‑7
Matthew 1:18‑25

Advent 2
December 8

Isaiah 11:1‑10
Psalm 72:1‑7, 18‑19
Romans 15:4‑13
Matthew 3:1‑12

CHRISTMASTIDE
December 29
Isaiah 63:7-9
Psalm 148
Hebrews 2:10-18
Matthew 2:13-23

Advent 3
December 15
    
Isaiah 35:1‑10
Luke 1:46b‑55
James 5:7‑10
Matthew 11:2‑11 

EPIPHANY OBSERVED
January 5 
Isaiah 60:1-6
Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14
Ephesians 3:1-12
Matthew 2:1-12

 

Readings are available on the Internet at http://lectionary.vanderbilt.edu/

A printable copy of the 2019 Advent Lectionary is available here

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