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Topical Study on Advent One of the blessings of Advent is that it counteracts the hype of the commercial Christmas madness, inviting us to a deeper and more fruitful spiritual renewal. One of two penitential seasons in the liturgical calendar for four weeks prior to Christmas, Advent prepares us for great event of the... Waiting in Lag Time Sermon (Complete) by Sue Haupert-Johnson http://day1.org/6258-waiting_in_lag_time Sermon (Complete) by Sue Haupert-Johnson Topics: Advent , Jesus , Eschatology , Second Coming Source: Day1 In this Advent sermon on Mark 13:24-37, Sue Haupert-Johnson encourages us to reflect on God's coming in this in-between time, and to wait actively as people with a role in God's bigger story of redemption. The Gospel Begins with Repentance Sermon Starter/Outline by Scott E. Hoezee http://cep.calvinseminary.edu/sermon-starters/advent-2b/?type=the_lectionary_gospel Sermon Starter/Outline by Scott E. Hoezee Topics: Advent , Repentance , Incarnation , Redemption Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching A sermon starter and illustration for Mark 1:1-8: The Gospel begins with repentance from sin, through the incarnation of Jesus Christ. That gospel continues to play out in its cosmic vastness until the end of time. Rend the Heavens Sermon Starter/Outline by Doug Bratt http://cep.calvinseminary.edu/sermon-starters/advent-1b/?type=old_testament_lectionary Sermon Starter/Outline by Doug Bratt Topics: Advent , Prayer Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching Preaching notes by Doug Bratt on Isaiah 64:1-9: An Advent prayer for God to "rend the heavens" to come down to God’s people. It includes an illustration about a beautiful forest littered with debris. Mark Article by Frederick Buechner http://day1.org/6332-weekly_sermon_illustration_mark_ Article by Frederick Buechner Topics: Jesus , Hope , Work of Jesus Christ Source: Day1 Frederick Buechner reflects briefly on the authorship, writing style, context, audience, content, and the rhetorical impact of the Gospel of Mark. Buechner suggests that though it seems written in haste, it ends in hope. The Apocalypse, a Fig Tree, and the Son of Man Commentary/Exegesis by James Waters http://www.aplainaccount.org/mark-1324-37/ Commentary/Exegesis by James Waters Topics: Parables , Scripture , Christ , The gospel Source: A Plain Account In Mark 13:24-37, Jesus’s exhortation to “stay woke” is vastly more outward-looking if we critically engage the mini-parable of the master’s house and his slaves’ duties during his absence. Why Do We Do This? Sermon Starter/Outline by Pamela Czarnota http://day1.org/3459-why_do_we_do_this_ Sermon Starter/Outline by Pamela Czarnota Topics: Advent , Christmas , Love , Incarnation Source: Day1 Reflecting on Isaiah 64:3-6, Pamela Czarnota discusses the point of Advent and why the church focuses on "daunting descriptions of the progression of events that was halted by the inbreaking of Emmanuel, God with us!" God's Kingdom Has Broken In Sermon Starter/Outline by Leonard Vander Zee http://cep.calvinseminary.edu/sermon-starters/proper-28b/?type=the_lectionary_gospel Sermon Starter/Outline by Leonard Vander Zee Topics: Eschatology , Kingdom of God , Coming of Christ Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching Preaching notes on Mark 13:1-8. As we experience birthpangs of the new creation, let us remember that God's kingdom is already here. We live into this reality as God’s redeemed people in this world of pain. Commentary on Mark 13:1-8, 24-37 Sermon Starter/Outline by Micah D. Kiel https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=2586 Sermon Starter/Outline by Micah D. Kiel Topics: Architecture , Economics , Jerusalem , Mark Source: Working Preacher The connection between the temple’s destruction and Jesus’ death coheres into an apocalyptic interpretation of those events. Jesus’ death and resurrection are an apocalyptic moment: the veil is lifted, God's kingdom is at hand. Wow, look at this grand place! Commentary/Exegesis by Emerson Powery https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=2663 Commentary/Exegesis by Emerson Powery Topics: Kingdom of God Source: Working Preacher Emerson Powery notes that Jesus' prediction of the destruction of the temple (Mark 13:1-8), like other essential teaching throughout Mark's gospel, was given privately to the disciples. Readers' Theatre: Tear Open the Heavens and Come Down Drama by Carolyn Brown https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2011/11/readers-theatre-isaiah-64-1-9.html Drama by Carolyn Brown Topics: Advent , Worship Planning , Scripture Reading , Coming of Christ Source: Re-Worship This is a four-voice readers’ theatre version of Isaiah 64:1-9 for advent using the New Revised Standard Version. Tear open the heavens and come down! Sermon (Complete) by Isidore Clark O.P. http://torch.op.org/torch/tear-open-the-heavens-and-come-down Sermon (Complete) by Isidore Clark O.P. Topics: Advent , Hope , Eternal life , Salvation Source: Torch: Catholic Homilies from the Dominican Friars This advent homily on Mark 13:33-37 suggests God answers our cries by sending Jesus into the world. Deep within God’s people, the Lord has planted the conviction that God would always come to their rescue. Don’t Forget Mañana Commentary/Exegesis by John J. Pilch http://liturgy.slu.edu/1AdvB120317/theword_cultural.html Commentary/Exegesis by John J. Pilch Topics: Culture , Family , Time Source: The Sunday Website In this commentary, John J. Pilch offers cultural and historical commentary on being ready for Christ's return from Mark 13:33-37 that includes the topics of time and slavery. Full Text Hymns on Advent The Advent of Our KingPD
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The Four Watches of the Night Commentary/Exegesis by Paul S Berge https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=1241 Commentary/Exegesis by Paul S Berge Topics: Betrayal , Jesus , Passion , Maundy Thursday Source: Working Preacher In his commentary on Mark 14:12-25, Paul S. Berge traces the passion narrative through the "four watches" of the night. In the Time of This Mortal Life Sermon (Complete) by Edward S Gleason http://day1.org/966-in_the_time_of_this_mortal_life Sermon (Complete) by Edward S Gleason Topics: Advent , Hope , Sermon , Waiting Source: Day1 In this sermon for Mark 13:24-37, Edward Gleason discusses the glory and necessity of the anticipation of Advent while we live our mortal life. The Day of the Lord Commentary/Exegesis by Thomas O'Brien http://www.scriptureincontext.org/2017-december-3-isaiah-641-9-1-corinthians-13-9/ Commentary/Exegesis by Thomas O'Brien Topics: Jerusalem , Eschatology , Hope , Judgment Source: Scripture in Context Thomas O'Brien provides an overview of the historical context of Isaiah 64:1-9 and 1 Corinthians 1:3-9. Both passages contain allusions to apocalypse and judgment and yet contain seeds of hope. God's Slow Anger Sermon Starter/Outline by Matthew Schlimm https://www.christiancentury.org/blogs/archive/2014-11/gods-slow-anger Sermon Starter/Outline by Matthew Schlimm Topics: Advent , Sin Source: The Christian Century Matthew Schlimm writes that Isaiah 64:1-9 invites us to reckon with our brokenness and ask for God's restoration, knowing that God is slow to anger. Commentary on Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 Sermon Starter/Outline by Corrine Carvalho https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=3493 Sermon Starter/Outline by Corrine Carvalho Topics: Advent , Joy , Language , Comfort Source: Working Preacher The Incarnation asks us to see ourselves as the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26). We are not Christ’s image when we triumph as much as when we serve. Weeks of Watching Sermon (Complete) by Benjamin Earl O.P. http://torch.op.org/torch/weeks-of-watching Sermon (Complete) by Benjamin Earl O.P. Topics: Advent , Liturgy Source: Torch: Catholic Homilies from the Dominican Friars This Advent homily asks if Christians are to be sleep-deprived during Advent as we keep watch for the Lord and watch out for each other. Do We Live in Apocalyptic Times? Article by A. Katherine Grieb https://www.christiancentury.org/blogs/archive/2015-11/do-we-live-apocalyptic-times Article by A. Katherine Grieb Topics: Revelation , Apocalypse Source: The Christian Century In this blog, A. Katherine Grieb reflects on Mark 13:1-8. She clears up misconceptions of the word "apocalyptic" and considers what it might mean for the times we are currently in. “All of Us!” Commentary/Exegesis by Stephen Riley http://www.aplainaccount.org/isaiah-641-9/ Commentary/Exegesis by Stephen Riley Topics: Advent , Covenant , Community , Hope Source: A Plain Account Commenting on Isaiah 64:1-9, Stephen Riley says that instead of blaming "those people" for our troubles, proclaiming the good news means to "see others as part of our larger story."

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