Have you ever thought of planting a seed as digging a grave? Aren’t both the tiny holes for the seeds and our graves dug in hope?Continue reading
There is a striking contrast in today’s Gospel lesson between Jesus and two of his closet disciples. Jesus is preparing them for his death. They were approaching Jerusalem where Jesus would die on behalf of all mankind in obedience to the will of God. It is the purpose he had been sent for and the purpose he would fulfill. He, the true servant of God and mankind, was seeking God’s glory and our good.Continue reading
Gabriel visits Mary with news about God’s plan for her and the salvation of all people. His greeting to Mary is usually translated as “Hail!” or “Greetings,” but the actual word in Luke 1:26 is “Rejoice!”Continue reading
Would you believe there is something more important than serving God? Listen and see if you don’t agree.
The Gospel Lesson for the Fourth Sunday in Advent recounts the Blessed Virgin Mary’s journey to visit Elizabeth, her relative and the mother of John the Baptist. The actions and words of the two women have much to teach everyone about faith, worship, and service to God. For those facing an unexpected pregnancy the same lesson provides the “hows and whys” of a godly way forward.
Sermon for the Fourth Sunday in Advent
Text: Luke 1:39-56