Texts for Sunday can be found here .
How odd it is, in the midst of the building secular holiday madness, to be thinking about the second coming of the Son of Man...but that's Advent for you; at least the first week. But also in our texts we hear that broader eschatological longing for a time whe God will decisively intervene in our history to mend our broken condition.
For those of us preaching or worship-planning this Sunday -- what are these texts saying to us? How do they touch on the fears and longings of our people? In a world where Christmas is principally about "stuff," and is already ramping up to full-tilt-boogie mode weeks before Christmas Day -- what needed, divinely subversive counterpoint are we hearing in the lessons?
As always, we welcome your ideas and comments. And to get you in that preparatory frame of mind, here is the late Eva Cassiday's wonderful cover of a familiar song about "getting ready."