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Working our way through Advent

The Advent season, of course, is our preparation for the arrival of Jesus. We can take "arrival" in many ways, and traditionally the church has assigned four different "arrival" themes to the four Sundays of Advent.

First Sunday: Jesus's Second Coming

(November 29, 2020)

  • Gospel lession: Mark 13: 24-37
  • Key verses: Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in clouds’ with great power and glory. Then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven. (Mark 13: 26-27)

Second Sunday: John the Baptizer's Announcement

(December 6, 2020)

  • Gospel lesson: Mark 1: 1-8
  • Key verses: He proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” (Mark 1: 7-8)

Third Sunday: Beginning of Jesus's Preaching

(December 13, 2020)

  • Gospel lesson: John 1: 19-28
  • Key verses: The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me; he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners; to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; to provide for those who mourn in Zion—to give them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit. (Isaiah 61: 1-3)

Fourth Sunday: The birth of Jesus

(December 20, 2020)

  • Gospel lesson: Luke 1: 26-38
  • Key verse: The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. (Luke 1: 30-31)