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Sermons on Advent

Advent is the beginning of the Christian year. It is a time of preparation and waiting for the coming (Adventus) of Christ. The colour of Advent is purple, the colour of royalty to welcome the coming of Christ the King. The purple of Advent is also the colour of suffering used during Lent and Holy Week.

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Advent 4

Sermon for the Fourth Sunday in Advent Readings: Micah 5:2–5a; Hebrews 10:5–10 & Luke 1:39–45 The prophet Micah was a contemporary of the prophet Isaiah, and he prophesied during the late 8th century BC. He prophesied at a time when the kingdom of Judah, and its capital Jerusalem, lived under the shadow of the Assyrian Empire, which had already conquered the northern…

Advent 4

Readings: 2 Sam. 7:1–11, 16, Rom. 16:25–27 & Lk. 1:26-38 These past weeks of Advent have been a period of preparation for us. A time for us to reflect on our faith, and our own personal relationship with God, as we check our spiritual preparedness to both celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Jesus, and to await his ‘second coming’.  Each…

Third Sunday in Advent

Readings: Is. 61:1–4, 8–11, Ps. 126, 1 Th. 5:12–28 & Jn. 1:6–8, 19–28 Who am I? Have you ever asked yourself that question? Perhaps the greatest struggle we face in our lives is the struggle with the sense of our own identity. I was reminded recently of something written by Thomas Merton, which was titled ‘Love is our Measure’. Merton wrote: “The…

First Sunday in Advent

Sermon for the First Sunday of Advent Readings: Is. 64:1–9, 1 Cor. 1:1–9 & Mk. 13:24–37 This morning, I would like you to cast your mind back to the story of the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt. What followed the Exodus, was the revelation of God to Moses and the people of Israel, at Mount Sinai, when (to quote Ex 19:18)…

Third Sunday in Advent

Readings: Isaiah 35:1–10, James 5:7–10 & Matthew 11:2–11 I watched a documentary earlier this year on the mass migration of wildebeest (some 1.7 million of them) that occurs each year around the same time in the Serengeti region of Africa. The migration is heavily influenced by the wet season and the availability of water, and as I watched the documentary I was…

Second Sunday in Advent

Readings: Isaiah 11:1–10, Romans 15:4–13 & Matthew 3:1–12 “Prepare ye the way of the Lord”, say the lyrics of the self-titled song from the musical Godspell.  But what does it mean to prepare the way of the Lord? John the Baptist tells us that we should repent; that we should confess our sins and ask for God’s forgiveness. ‘Repentance’ and ‘sin’ are…

First Sunday in Advent

Readings: Isaiah 2:1–5, Romans 13:9–14 & Matthew 24:36–44 I don’t know about you, but I’ve never been a very spontaneous person. I need to plan what I’m doing, so I’m not very good when it comes to surprise visits or last minute invitations. Hence when I read the verse in Matthew’s Gospel, where Jesus said, “Keep awake therefore, for you do not…

Fourth Sunday in Advent

Readings: Mic. 5:2–5a, Heb. 10:5–10 & Lk. 1:39–45 The prophet Micah was a contemporary of the prophet Isaiah, and prophesied during the late 8th century BCE. He prophesied at a time when the kingdom of Judah, and its capital Jerusalem, lived under the threat of invasion by the Assyrian Empire. In our first reading this morning, Micah delivers a prophecy about the…

Third Sunday in Advent

“You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?” According to the Gospel of Luke, that’s how John the Baptist addressed the crowds who had come out to be baptised by him. Not exactly the sort of greeting that would make you feel welcome is it?  To be called a viper, which is of course another name…

Second Sunday in Advent

There is often criticism of Social Media these days, and while I do agree there are aspects of it that aren’t helpful for our society; there are also benefits that it does provide. One of those benefits is communication; making you aware of something that you might not otherwise get to hear about. A case in point involves my favourite musical artist…