This Advent I did something many preachers and teachers do every year--I reflected on the lectionary and composed my thoughts. I took it up as a challenge and as a way to stimulate my thinking about what it is that we celebrate in Christmas. I found myself deeply struck by a few things, most notably the beauty and coherence of the biblical narrative. Each week I tried to carefully find the thread which tied together the appointed readings. Each week I found it to be the same--Jesus. Of course, this shouldn't come as a shock. We are to "offer Christ," after all.
Below are links to the six messages I composed for Advent.
- Week 1: Hope
- Week 2: Peace
- Week 3: Joy
- Week 4: Love
- Christmas Eve: The Kingdom of One Born in a Manger
- Christmas Day: Beautiful Feet
In addition, friends and family members responded to this project by joining with me in giving money to Living Water International. I set a goal of $500 to help provide clean water for people around the world. As it now stands, we raised $535, and soon Molly and I will add to that amount by making a year end gift. Woohoo! Thanks to all who participated!