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Faith Formation for ALL ages

November 27, 2022

Advent 1

“The Lord is coming, always coming.

When you have ears to hear and eyes to see,

you will recognize him at any moment of your life.

Life is Advent; life is recognizing the coming of the Lord.”

– Henri Nouwen

Lectionary for Advent 1

Isaiah 2:1-5 / Psalm 122 / Romans 13:11-14 / Matthew 24:36-44


 “But the exact day and hour? No one knows that, not even heaven’s angels, not even the Son. Only the Father knows.

“The Arrival of the Son of Man will take place in times like Noah’s. Before the great flood everyone was carrying on as usual, having a good time right up to the day Noah boarded the ark. They knew nothing—until the flood hit and swept everything away.

 “The Son of Man’s Arrival will be like that: Two men will be working in the field—one will be taken, one left behind; two women will be grinding at the mill—one will be taken, one left behind. So stay awake, alert. You have no idea what day your Master will show up. But you do know this: You know that if the homeowner had known what time of night the burglar would arrive, he would have been there with his dogs to prevent the break-in. Be vigilant just like that. You have no idea when the Son of Man is going to show up.

Matthew 24:36-44


The work of Advent 

(After Howard Thurman) (From Christmas Eve at the Epsom Circle McDonald’s and Other Poems, Maren Tirabassi, 2020)

When the carols of choirs are stilled,

when so many dear ones are gone

it seems like the stars

have blinked their tears into darkness,

when the year has kept so many home and endangered the homes

of so many others,

when the shepherds of the year

are health care workers,

and, like those flock-keepers long ago, essential but poorly-honored workers,

the work of Advent begins:

to find the grieving, the fearful, the lost,

to heal those broken in spirit

with the story of an unexpected hope in another time of great danger,

to feed, clothe, shelter, employ, those financially insecure,

to release the prisoner – especially those in immigration detention,

to rebuild all the nations,

because the epiphany is

that gifts come

not out of our own chimneys

but from strangers who live far away,

to become stable-makers that shelter peace, health, wisdom

and care for the earth itself,

to sing the carols in our homes

and teach the words and maybe one tune to someone, perhaps a child,

who longs for a new harmony.

What Is Advent?
What Are You Singing? "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel"

Join us this Sunday for the Advent Workshop

as we prepare for Christmas through hope, peace, love and joy

crafts and snacks following worship

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