Advent 2 Preview

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“The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.’ ”
-Matthew 3:3

At the heart of our Advent preparation stands figures who gather and call us to action. During the Traditional service we hear the voice of John the Baptist, who calls us to repent and make a new beginning.

In our New Day Praise service we hear the call of a shepherd named Moses who helps lead a people to a new beginning. As the darkness increases we turn toward the approaching light of Christ. We wait with hope for that day when the wolf will dwell with the lamb, and there will be no more hurt or destruction.

Sunday Worship Music

Sunday’s Traditional Worship Hymn of the Day is the hymn Comfort, Comfort Now My People. John the Baptist makes his yearly appearance in today’s readings and we are reminded that God calls us to mend our ways in preparation for the appearance of one who is even more powerful. We sing to one another, “Let your hearts be true and humble, as befits Gods holy reign.” How could a humble heart show forth God’s light in your world today?

One of the New Day worship songs is Humble Thyself in the Sight of the Lord. The worship song for this Sunday reminds us that in God’s presence it is good and right to be humbled. It is good for us to remember that God is God, and thankfully we are not. It is also good to remember that it is through God’s grace, forgiveness, and love that we can be raised to new heights!

For Further Reflection

Prepare the way of the Lord…

“Your life is made up of millions of unique moments, each one an opportunity that will never come again. How might you use Advent to make yourself more aware of these special opportunities in your own life?”

-Albert Holtz, Benedictine Monk,
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Rev. Sarah Teichmann

Pastor of Christian Formation

Pastor Sarah served as Pastor of Christian Formation at St. Peter’s from 2014 – 2021. She now serves the wider church as a partner at Kirby-Smith Associates.

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