Second Sunday of Advent:  Dec. 4

Is. 61:1-4  

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.

They will be called oaks of righteousness,

             the planting of the LORD, to display his glory.

They shall build up the ancient ruins,

            they shall raise up the former devastations;

            they shall repair the ruined cities,

                        the devastations of many generations.

 

            from Rev. Kevin M. Snow, Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Huntington and Associate Regional Minister for Youth and Young Adults

            There is no question that the Advent season is preparing us for something.  Advent, from the Latin word adventus, or “coming,” readies us each year to proclaim and bear witness to Christ’s birth.  The Word made flesh among us.  Emmanuel, God with us.  The question becomes, what are we preparing for

            Matthew and Luke relay the stories of Christ’s birth.  Isaiah makes sure we’re ready to act upon God’s presence made real to the world.  Isaiah calls us to do several things:  bring good news to the oppressed, bind up the brokenhearted, proclaim liberty and release to the captive, and comfort all who mourn.  Isaiah reminds us that while Advent worship brings us together as the church, our greater calling is to live and share this good news with our community and world.

 

Loving God, draw us together as the church this Advent season,

and mold us into the hands and feet of Christ,

that we will liberate the oppressed,

welcome the forgotten,

and bring hope to the lost.

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