Third Sunday of Advent (Year A) Sunday, December 15
First Reading: Isaiah 35:1-10 The desert blooms as God's people return from exile Psalm: Psalm 146:4-9 (Psalm 146:5-10 NRSV) The LORD lifts up those who are bowed down. (Ps. 146:7) Psalm (Alternate): Luke 1:47-55 (Luke 1:46b-55 NRSV) My spirit rejoices in God my Savior. (Luke 1:47) Second Reading: James 5:7-10 Patience until the coming of the Lord Gospel: Matthew 11:2-11 The forerunner of Christ Liturgical Color: Blue
Fourth Sunday of Advent (Year A) Sunday, December 22
First Reading: Isaiah 7:10-16 The sign of Immanuel Psalm: Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18 (Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 NRSV) Show the light of your countenance and we shall be saved. (Ps. 80:7) Second Reading: Romans 1:1-7 Paul's greeting to the church at Rome Gospel: Matthew 1:18-25 A God near at hand Liturgical Color: Blue
Lucy was a young Christian of Sicily who was martyred during the persecutions under Emperor Diocletian. Her celebration became particularly important in Sweden and Norway, perhaps because the feast of Lucia (whose name means "light") originally fell on the shortest day of the year.
December 24 - 7:00 pm - Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion
getting out the WORD - the 2nd sunday of advent
Written by Pastor Bob
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 09:17
the PRAYER. . .
Stir up our hearts, Lord God, to prepare the way of your only Son. By his coming nurture our growth as people of repentance and peace;
through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
the READING. . .
"His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and will gather his wheat into the granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire." Matthew 3:1-12
the DEVOTION. . .
If you couldn't tell, I'm from the city! Actually, more from the suburbs... that strip of land not quite country but no longer city! We had soil and grass and trees! We grew pansies and marigolds and the occasional tomato plant! And, every now and then, we, even, grew morning glories... from SEEDS, no less!
But, truth is, growing up, I didn't understand a whole lot about agriculture. And so, when I'd stumble on verses like this one, I took them, pretty much, at face value. Wheat was important. Chaff was worthless. And people were just the same.
Well, I've gotten older. And, hopefully, I've learned a thing or two. I know wheat is the name of a plant and it's, also, what we call the small, hard seed that comes from that plant. And according to the baptizer, it's that seed that will be gathered into the granary. Chaff is everything else! Stem! Leaves! Husk! Of course, all that will be burned with voracious, insatiable fire.
But I still have one question about the verse - and, please, correct me if I'm wrong - there's no way of getting wheat unless the chaff grows it, is there?