Actually John fascinates me. But do we really need to read about him twice every Advent season?
But before we immerse ourselves in worship prep, let us pray:
Into the wildernesses of the world,
God speaks through wild men and prophets.
Into the chaos of the world,
God promises peace that shall be.
Into the noise of the world,
God calls to God’s people, calling them together for comfort and challenge.
God, the world is filled with troubles,
we pray for peace to fill the world.
God, sometimes we have trouble finding the path,
we pray for voices to remind us what is possible, to remind us which way to go.
God, in this time of worship,
move among us, fill us with hope, remind us that new life is being born in our world. We pray in the name of Jesus, whose birth we await and who taught his friends to pray saying...
Now we return to our regularly scheduled programming.
The Lectionary readings for Advent 2B are found here.
Are you drawn to Isaiah's words of comfort to a people in exile? With the added benefit that there is some great music to go with that passage (including some from Handel's Messiah). OR are you working with 2 Peter and either really long days or really short years? Or then of course there is our friend John.
|John the Baptist|
My NT prof in seminary often commented that, in light of verse 6, he was tempted to write a book on fashion and diet according to John the Baptist. Think that'd sell?
In many places the 2nd of Advent is the Sunday of Peace. How does John fit in with peace? Admittedly it might be easier to talk about John and peace in Mark's version where we really don't hear about the full content of John's preaching. OTOH, who are the voices crying in the wilderness today? Who are the ones announcing the coming of the Lord. And besides saying that they are crazy or ill or misinformed or naive what do we as a society do with them today?
Or maybe Advent is taking you out of Lectionary land into a different way of getting ready for the baby to be born. Share your vision with us who sometimes tire of the Lectionary approach (and those of us who find the Lectionary rather unhelpful as a tool to help prepare the way).
I also note that this Thursday is World AIDS Day. Will that impact your worship this week? In Canada next Tuesday is the 22nd anniversary of a massacre and ever since then Dec 6 has been marked as White Ribbon Day. How do events like this change our view of Christmas Peace?
I look forward to "hearing" in the comments where worship is taking folks this week...