Weekly Evangelectionary Reflection: Sunday, November 27, 2011

Lectionary (Year B): Isaiah 64:1-9; Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark 13:24-37

Theme: Wait!

Message: “The Wheels Are Coming Off”

Quote(s):

“Everything comes if a man will only wait.” Disraeli, Tancred

Film, other visual aids:

The Truman Show (1998) The Truman Show – “Cue the Son” The powers that be “Christoff” would, daily, cue the sun to rise up over the constructed town and peoples. When Truman becomes more and more awake to what is happening, the others around him seek to protect their way of “life”. They do a wide variety of things to keep Truman from discovering the “real world”. In Advent, we are called to be alert and awake to the coming of the Son, to be alert to the real world and all that is occurring so that we can live lives “worthy of our callings.” (idea came from 98 Homiletics issue) (submitted by Christ the Redeemer Church)

Music: “Psalm 80,” Sing, A New Creation, p. 99. 2001, CRC Publications, “Soon and Very Soon,” Andrae Crouch, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” “Come, Thou Long-expected Jesus”

Opening Prayer

“O Lord, our God, as we againobserve the beginning of Advent, and as we look forward to the celebration of the birth of our Savior, we ask that, like him we will serve rather than be served, that we will, like him, be light rather than darkness, that we will, like him, proclaim a message of good news to a struggling world.”

Intercessory:

On this first Sunday of Advent we ask your blessing and strength as we observe this beautiful season of the year.  Help us to turn our attention away from the marketplace and toward the manger…away from cute jingles and toward the songs of our faith…away from selfishness and toward compassion…away from commercialism, and toward spirituality…away from the things that divide us and toward the things that unite us…away from getting and toward sharing…away from stridency and toward quiet meditation.  In the strong name of Him who taught us to pray together saying…Our Father…

Benediction:

As those who by God’s grace have received His forgiveness, go forth and practice forgiveness yourselves toward all who need it.  And the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.  Amen”

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Bruce is a retired pastor and former Director of Evangelism in the Reformed Church in America now living in Phoenix, Arizona. He is the RCA's representative to Evangelism Connections and serves as Managing Editor of this Web site.

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