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Be Prepared -- Matthew 24:36-44 -- Leah Thompson -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
SHARING THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL THEME AT SUNDAY SCHOOL AND AT HOME
Preparing -- Matthew 24:36-44 -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Materials: Toilet paper rolls Paint Paintbrushes
Ready and waiting -- Matthew 24:36-44 -- First Sunday of Advent - A
When Advent begins, everybody starts talking about Christmas and getting ready.
"Be ready!" -- Matthew 24:36-44 -- First Sunday of Advent - A
Teachers or Parents: Advent is a time of preparation. The
The Future in the Star -- Mathew 24:36-44 -- First Sunday of Advent - A
Parents or Teachers: The lesson today was about always being prepared
When Jesus comes back -- Matthew 24:36-44 -- First Sunday of Advent - A
Teachers or Parents: Make an Advent countdown calendar. On
Advent calendar -- Mark 13:24-37 -- First Sunday of Advent - A
Teachers: This is the first Sunday of Advent and a new church
Keeping secrets -- Matthew 24:36-44 -- First Sunday of Advent - A
Materials per angel:Plastic spoons

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Children's Bulletin (ages 8 - 10) for Advent 1 -- Matthew 24:36-44 -- First Sunday of Advent - A

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Children's Bulletin (ages 5 - 7) for Advent 1 -- Matthew 24:36-44 -- First Sunday of Advent - A

Commentary

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Here Comes the King! -- Isaiah 2:1-5, Romans 13:11-14, Matthew 24:36-44 -- Wayne Brouwer -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2019
Government is always an easy target for criticism.
Preparing our hearts for God -- Isaiah 2:1-5, Romans 13:11-14, Matthew 24:36-44 -- Sandra Herrmann -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2016
Happy New Year! No, I don’t have the date wrong.
Secular hearth -- sacred altar -- Isaiah 2:1-5, Romans 13:11-14, Matthew 24:36-44 -- Ron Love -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013
In 1946, a California lawyer needed a change in his life.
Learning to tell time -- Isaiah 2:1-5, Romans 13:11-14, Matthew 24:36-44, Psalm 122 -- David Kalas, Schuyler Rhodes -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
The pop-rock band Chicago famously sang, "Does anybody really
The three atheists -- Isaiah 2:1-5, Romans 13:11-14, Matthew 24:36-44, Psalm 122 -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
It seems that no classical music producer can go wrong nowadays by promoting anything
Living on the edge of eternity -- Isaiah 2:1-5, Romans 13:11-14, Matthew 24:36-44, Psalm 122 -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2001
We in the industrialized west of the twenty-first century have achieved a remarkable security.
Waiters wanted -- Isaiah 2:1-5, Romans 13:11-14, Matthew 24:36-44 -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 1998
Christmas, it would appear has arrived. At least by all the standards of the marketplace.
Crossing the bridge -- Isaiah 2:1-5, Romans 13:11-14, Matthew 24:36-44 -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 1995
If we had no church year calendar we would soon create one. Our sense of order demands it.
The Christmas yet to come -- Isaiah 64:1-9, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Mark 13:24-37 -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 1993
School of rock(s) -- Isaiah 2:1-5, Romans 13:11-14, Matthew 24:36-44, Psalm 122 -- William H. Shepherd -- First Sunday of Advent - A
Christianity is, among other things, an intellectual quest. The curriculum to know God truly.
The day is the way! -- Isaiah 2:1-5, Romans 13:11-14 -- First Sunday of Advent - A
Adventus, "Coming!" That Latin word sounds like the theme for the four weeks ahead of us.

Children's bulletin

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Children's Bulletin (ages 8 - 10) for Advent 1 -- Matthew 24:36-44 -- First Sunday of Advent - A

Gospel Grams 1

Children's Bulletin (ages 5 - 7) for Advent 1 -- Matthew 24:36-44 -- First Sunday of Advent - A

Children's Liturgy and Story

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Tom Can't Be Bothered -- Matthew 24:36-44 -- Janice B. Scott -- First Sunday of Advent - A
Call to Worship:

Children's sermon

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Planning For The Surprise -- Matthew 24:36-44 -- Bethany Peerbolte -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2019
There are probably two kinds of kids listening to these verses.
What A Surprise! -- Matthew 24:36-44 -- Mary Kay Eichelman -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2016
How many of you love birthday parties? Have you ever been to a surprise birthday party?
The Wait Begins -- Matthew 24:36-44 -- Anna Shirey -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013
First Thoughts
Shoemaker... or Elves? -- Romans 13:11-14 -- Leah Thompson -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
"The night is far gone, the day is near.
Be prepared -- Matthew 24:36-44 -- Leah Thompson -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
"And they knew nothing until the flood came and swept them all away, so too will be the coming of
The right time -- Romans 13:11-14 -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. (v.
Preparing -- Matthew 24:36-44 -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour. (v.
Put on your Sunday best -- Romans 13:11-14 -- First Sunday of Advent - A
Have you ever heard the expression that you should wear your "Sunday best"?
Ready and Waiting -- Matthew 24:36-44 -- First Sunday of Advent - A
Today is the first Sunday in the season of Advent. What happens at the end of Advent?
Wake up! -- Romans 13:11-14 -- First Sunday of Advent - A
Good morning! Sometimes it is very important that we wake up
Be ready! -- Matthew 24:36-44 -- First Sunday of Advent - A
Good morning! Have any of you ever traveled on a big ship?
Happy new year! -- Romans 13:11-14 -- First Sunday of Advent - A
Happy New Year! It's not the end of December, but it is the beginning of
Seeing the future -- Matthew 24:36-44 -- First Sunday of Advent - A
Good morning, boys and girls. Do you like my special hat? (Let them
Wake up! -- Romans 13:11-14 -- First Sunday of Advent - A
Most of us sleep with a pillow under our heads. When we are
When Jesus comes back -- Matthew 24:36-44 -- First Sunday of Advent - A
Good morning! We just had Thanksgiving ten days ago. They say
Keep alert -- Mark 13:24-37 -- First Sunday of Advent - A
Good morning, boys and girls. I have a question for the
Eagerly awaiting -- 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 -- First Sunday of Advent - A
Good morning, boys and girls. How many of you like popcorn?
Waking up and getting started -- Romans 13:11-14 -- First Sunday of Advent - A
Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep.

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Swords Into Highchairs, Spears Into Serving Platters -- Isaiah 2:1-5, Romans 13:11-14, Matthew 24:36-44, Psalm 122 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Thomas Willadsen, George Reed -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2019
For December 1, 2019:
Something's Coming -- Isaiah 2:1-5, Matthew 24:36-44, Romans 13:11-14, Psalm 122 -- Christopher Keating, Beth Herrinton-Hodge, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2016
As we turn to Advent and the first Sunday of the church year and a new lectionary cycle, the foremos
The Biggest Christmas Gift -- Isaiah 2:1-5, Matthew 24:36-44, Romans 13:11-14, Psalm 122 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013
The First Sunday of Advent marks the beginning of a new church year -- but since this Sunday is s
Surprise! Surprise! Surprise! -- Matthew 24:36-44, Romans 13:11-14, Isaiah 2:1-5, Psalm 122 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, George Reed -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
This week we enter the season of Advent, and while the world around us is ratcheting up into full-b
Which Armor Will We Wear? -- Matthew 24:36-44, Romans 13:11-14, Isaiah 2:1-5, Psalm 122 -- Paul Bresnahan, Thom M. Shuman -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
In Romans, Paul admonishes us to "lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light" (Ro

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Swords Into Highchairs, Spears Into Serving Platters -- Isaiah 2:1-5, Romans 13:11-14, Matthew 24:36-44, Psalm 122 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Thomas Willadsen, George Reed -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2019
For December 1, 2019:
Planning For The Surprise -- Matthew 24:36-44 -- Bethany Peerbolte -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2019
There are probably two kinds of kids listening to these verses.

Children's Story

The Village Shepherd

Mole's Great Escape -- Matthew 24:36-44 -- Janice B. Scott -- First Sunday of Advent - A
Mole shouted his warning to Fox and rabbit, but Fox hardly paused as he chased rabbit, and rabbit

Devotional

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Advent 1 -- Isaiah 2:1-5 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
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Advent 1 -- Psalm 122 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: "May they prosper who love you." -- Psalm 122:6
Advent 1 -- Romans 13:11-14 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provisions for the flesh, to gratify its desir
Advent 1 -- Matthew 24:36-44 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
But about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the

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N-o-o-o-t Exactly ... -- Matthew 24:37-44, Isaiah 2:1-5, Romans 13:8-14 -- John A. Tenbrook -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2001
Thespian Theological Thoughts
Like A Thief -- Matthew 24:37-44 -- Robert F. Crowley -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 1998
ThemeWe can be so heavenly minded that we are no earthly good.Summary

Illustration

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Sermon Illustrations for Advent 1 (2019) -- Isaiah 2:1-5, Romans 13:11-14, Matthew 24:36-44 -- Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen, Bill Thomas, Frank Ramirez, Bonnie Bates -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2019
Isaiah 2:1-5
Sermon Illustrations for Advent 1 (2016) -- Isaiah 2:1-5, Romans 13:11-14, Matthew 24:36-44 -- Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen, Bill Thomas, Bob Ove, Frank Ramirez, Bonnie Bates -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2016
Isaiah 2:1-5
Sermon Illustrations for Advent 1 (2013) -- Isaiah 2:1-5, Romans 13:11-14, Matthew 24:36-44 -- Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen, Derl G. Keefer, Bob Ove -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013
Isaiah 2:1-5
We can preach... -- Isaiah 2:1-5 -- Bob Ove -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013
We can preach from our pulpits with confidence about the consequence of sin, and we can often be mor
The text refers... -- Romans 13:11-14 -- Mark Ellingsen -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013
The text refers to the darkness and drunkenness/addictions of the present age, calling us to get rea
Christ came into... -- Romans 13:11-14 -- Derl G. Keefer -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013
Christ came into the world to forgive sin.
Charles Darwin in... -- Romans 13:11-14 -- Ron Love -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013
Charles Darwin in the 1830s theorized the concept of natural selection and the succeeding concept of
That first sentence... -- Matthew 24:36-44 -- Bob Ove -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013
That first sentence should make fools of the ones who claim to know more than our Lord, who, this pa
Cedar Point is famous... -- Isaiah 2:1-5, Romans 13:11-14, Matthew 24:36-44 -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
Isaiah 2:1-5Cedar Point is famous for its roller coasters. The great machines
Cedar Point is famous for its roller coasters... -- Isaiah 2:1-5 -- Leah Thompson -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
Cedar Point is famous for its roller coasters. The great machines
At the end of the Crimean War... -- Isaiah 2:1-5 -- Ron Love -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
At the end of the Crimean War in 1856, Immanuel Nobel went
Tomorrow Dick will be ringing a bell... -- Romans 13:11-14 -- Tim Smith -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
Tomorrow Dick will be ringing a bell in front of a local store for the
It's interesting how works of darkness... -- Romans 13:11-14 -- Craig Kelly -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
It's interesting how works of darkness seem to like the night.
College students get a little anxious... -- Matthew 24:36-44 -- Leah Thompson -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
College students get a little anxious before their parents come to
The day and the hour did come... -- Matthew 24:36-44 -- Ron Love -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
The day and the hour did come. Even if it was long delayed.
Put on the Lord Jesus... -- Romans 13:11-14 -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
"Put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires." Paul us
Although the passage does not... -- Romans 13:11-14 -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Although the passage does not speak specifically of grace and mercy, it certainly does in Romans 13:
Back on November 19, 2002... -- Matthew 24:36-44 -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Back on November 19, 2002, the New York Times ran an article under the ominous headline: "Ast
Thirteen years ago, a concert... -- Matthew 24:36-44 -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Thirteen years ago, a concert musician, Barry Faldner, and Chip Altholz, a manager and promoter for
Katie collected information about families... -- Matthew 24:36-44 -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Katie collected information about families in the school district who were struggling financially.

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Swords Into Highchairs, Spears Into Serving Platters -- Isaiah 2:1-5, Romans 13:11-14, Matthew 24:36-44, Psalm 122 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Thomas Willadsen, George Reed -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2019
For December 1, 2019:
Something's Coming -- Isaiah 2:1-5, Matthew 24:36-44, Romans 13:11-14, Psalm 122 -- Christopher Keating, Beth Herrinton-Hodge, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2016
As we turn to Advent and the first Sunday of the church year and a new lectionary cycle, the foremos
The Biggest Christmas Gift -- Isaiah 2:1-5, Matthew 24:36-44, Romans 13:11-14, Psalm 122 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013
The First Sunday of Advent marks the beginning of a new church year -- but since this Sunday is s
Surprise! Surprise! Surprise! -- Matthew 24:36-44, Romans 13:11-14, Isaiah 2:1-5, Psalm 122 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, George Reed -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
This week we enter the season of Advent, and while the world around us is ratcheting up into full-b

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Swords Into Highchairs, Spears Into Serving Platters -- Isaiah 2:1-5, Romans 13:11-14, Matthew 24:36-44, Psalm 122 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Thomas Willadsen, George Reed -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2019
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Advent 1 -- Matthew 24:37-44 -- Andrew Daughters -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 1989
Many people try to tell usWhat our future holds,How we'll prosper, how we'll fail
Advent 1 -- Matthew 24:37-44 -- Andrew Daughters -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 1989
Many people try to tell usWhat our future holds,How we'll prosper, how we'll fail

Preaching

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Swords Into Highchairs, Spears Into Serving Platters -- Isaiah 2:1-5, Romans 13:11-14, Matthew 24:36-44, Psalm 122 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Thomas Willadsen, George Reed -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2019
For December 1, 2019:
Something's Coming -- Isaiah 2:1-5, Matthew 24:36-44, Romans 13:11-14, Psalm 122 -- Christopher Keating, Beth Herrinton-Hodge, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2016
As we turn to Advent and the first Sunday of the church year and a new lectionary cycle, the foremos
The Biggest Christmas Gift -- Isaiah 2:1-5, Matthew 24:36-44, Romans 13:11-14, Psalm 122 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013
The First Sunday of Advent marks the beginning of a new church year -- but since this Sunday is s
Surprise! Surprise! Surprise! -- Matthew 24:36-44, Romans 13:11-14, Isaiah 2:1-5, Psalm 122 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, George Reed -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
This week we enter the season of Advent, and while the world around us is ratcheting up into full-b
Which Armor Will We Wear? -- Matthew 24:36-44, Romans 13:11-14, Isaiah 2:1-5, Psalm 122 -- Paul Bresnahan, Thom M. Shuman -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
In Romans, Paul admonishes us to "lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light" (Ro
Is Peace Possible? -- Isaiah 2:2-5, Romans 13:11-14, Matthew 24:36-44, Psalm 122 -- Carter Shelley -- First Sunday of Advent - A
November 28, 2004Advent 1 / Cycle A Dear Fellow Preachers,

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Swords Into Highchairs, Spears Into Serving Platters -- Isaiah 2:1-5, Romans 13:11-14, Matthew 24:36-44, Psalm 122 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Thomas Willadsen, George Reed -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2019
For December 1, 2019:

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First Sunday Of Advent -- Isaiah 2:1-5, Romans 13:11-14, Matthew 24:36-44 -- Carlos Wilton -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
Theme For The Day
Advent 1 -- Psalm 122 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2006
"Pray for the peace of Jerusalem" (v. 6).
First Sunday Of Advent -- Isaiah 2:1-5, Romans 13:11-14, Matthew 24:36-44 -- John R. Brokhoff -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2004
THE LESSONSLesson 1: Isaiah 2:1--5 (C, RC, E)
First Sunday in Advent -- Isaiah 2:1-5 -- Elizabeth Achtemeier -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2004
We sometimes wonder what the world is coming to these days, and when we look at present conditions,
First Sunday Of Advent -- Isaiah 2:1-5, Romans 13:11-14, Matthew 24:36-44 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2001
Seasonal Theme
First Sunday in Advent -- Isaiah 2:1-5, Romans 13:11-14, Matthew 24:36-44 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 1998
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONSLesson 1: Isaiah 2:1-5 (C, RC, E)
The Attitude of Readiness -- Isaiah 2:1-5, Romans 13:11-14, Matthew 24:36-44 -- Russell F. Anderson -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 1995
BRIEF COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONSLesson 1: Isaiah 2:1--5 (C, RC, E, L)
First Sunday Of Advent -- Isaiah 2:1-5, Romans 13:11-14, Matthew 24:36-44 -- John R. Brokhoff -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 1992
Lesson 1: Isaiah 2:1-5 (C, E, L, RC)
First Sunday of Advent -- Isaiah 2:1-5, Romans 13:11-14, Matthew 24:36-44 -- George M. Bass -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 1989
The church year theological clue

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Swords Into Highchairs, Spears Into Serving Platters -- Isaiah 2:1-5, Romans 13:11-14, Matthew 24:36-44, Psalm 122 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Thomas Willadsen, George Reed -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2019
For December 1, 2019:
Something's Coming -- Isaiah 2:1-5, Matthew 24:36-44, Romans 13:11-14, Psalm 122 -- Christopher Keating, Beth Herrinton-Hodge, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2016
As we turn to Advent and the first Sunday of the church year and a new lectionary cycle, the foremos
The Biggest Christmas Gift -- Isaiah 2:1-5, Matthew 24:36-44, Romans 13:11-14, Psalm 122 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013
The First Sunday of Advent marks the beginning of a new church year -- but since this Sunday is s
Surprise! Surprise! Surprise! -- Matthew 24:36-44, Romans 13:11-14, Isaiah 2:1-5, Psalm 122 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, George Reed -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
This week we enter the season of Advent, and while the world around us is ratcheting up into full-b
Which Armor Will We Wear? -- Matthew 24:36-44, Romans 13:11-14, Isaiah 2:1-5, Psalm 122 -- Paul Bresnahan, Thom M. Shuman -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
In Romans, Paul admonishes us to "lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light" (Ro

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Swords Into Highchairs, Spears Into Serving Platters -- Isaiah 2:1-5, Romans 13:11-14, Matthew 24:36-44, Psalm 122 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Thomas Willadsen, George Reed -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2019
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Wake Up Call -- Romans 13:11-14 -- Timothy J. Smith -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
Advent always seems out of place with everything else that is going on around us.
Ruining The Christmas Spirit -- Matthew 24:36-44 -- Charles L. Aaron, Jr. -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
This morning is the first Sunday of Advent, and therefore the first Sunday of the church year.
Is It Time Yet? -- Isaiah 2:1-5 -- Tony S. Everett -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
A popular skit at church camps involves about a dozen folks lined up side-by-side, looking anxious a
Dare To Be Different -- Romans 13:11-14 -- John N. Brittain -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
A true story tells how the two sons of a ninety-year-old Fort Worth, Texas, woman were worried about
Expectancy -- Romans 13:11-14 -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2004
Christmas decorations are beginning to appear everywhere and the children are getting excited.
Swept Away! -- Matthew 24:36-44 -- Susan R. Andrews -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2004
It's the same year after year.
Isaiah, Advent, And Human Hopefulness -- Isaiah 2:1-5 -- John T. Ball -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2004
In Jill St.
The Christmas Prophet -- Isaiah 2:1-5 -- Stephen M. Crotts -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2001
Isaiah. It's a strong name. A good Hebrew name.
Did You Send That E-mail, God? -- Romans 13:11-14 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2001
E-mail From: KDM To: God Subject: Knowing When To Wake Up
When We Don't Know -- Matthew 24:36-44 -- Linda Schiphorst Mccoy -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2001
Just a few days before writing this message, I conducted a memorial service for a 60-year-old man wh
A Baby Isn't Quite What We Expected -- Isaiah 2:1-5 -- R. Glen Miles -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 1998
I hope you noticed the sermon title. It seems to be a little out of place, doesn't it? A baby?
How Unexpected Can Christmas Be? -- Matthew 24:36-44 -- William B. Kincaid, III -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 1998
The temptation is to dismiss these words from Matthew. After all, how do they pertain to us?
All Creation Yawns -- Romans 13:11-14 -- Frank Luchsinger -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 1998
It is early morning, one sleeper turns to the other, an eye half opened, "Do you know what time it
Reversing The Flow -- Isaiah 2:1-5 -- Paul E. Robinson -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 1995
One of the greatest challenges of life is to stay in touch with reality and hold on to hope at the s
Come, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come! -- Matthew 24:36-44 -- Mark Wm. Radecke -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 1995
The same thing has, I'm sure, happened to you: you live your whole life without seeing or hearing a
Time's Up -- Matthew 24:36-44 -- John B. Jamison -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 1992
Let's start this off with a story. You remember it ...
Something's Coming -- Isaiah 2:1-5 -- Robert A. Beringer -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 1992
Could it be? Who knows?There's something to anything,
Shaped by the Future -- Matthew 24:36-44 -- Joe E. Pennel, Jr -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 1989
For our children, Christmas is in the distant future; for adults, Christmas is just over the fence.
The Promise of Peace -- Isaiah 2:1-5 -- Thomas E. Ridenhour, Sr. -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 1986
The Irish seem constantly at war, seeking to kill each other for religious goals.

Stories

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An Unexpected Hour -- Matthew 24:36-44 -- Peter Andrew Smith -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2019
Contents “An Unexpected Hour” by Peter Andrew Smith
Good Old Number Seven -- Matthew 24:36-44, Isaiah 2:1-5, Romans 13:11-14, Psalm 122 -- Frank Ramirez -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2016
Contents "Good Old Number Seven" by Frank Ramirez
In Days To Come -- Matthew 24:36-44, Isaiah 2:1-5, Romans 13:11-14, Psalm 122 -- Peter Andrew Smith, John Fitzgerald -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013
Contents"In Days to Come" by Peter Andrew Smith
Waiting In The Light -- Matthew 24:36-44, Isaiah 2:1-5, Romans 13:11-14, Psalm 122 -- Peter Andrew Smith, John E. Sumwalt -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
Contents"Waiting in the Light" by Peter Andrew Smith
The Reason For The Season -- Matthew 24:36-44, Romans 13:11-14, Isaiah 2:1-5, Psalm 122 -- David E. Leininger, John Jamison -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Contents What's Up This Week "The Reason for the Season" by David Leininger
An Awakening -- Isaiah 2:1-5, Romans 13:11-14, Matthew 24:36-44, Psalm 122 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- First Sunday of Advent - A
StoryShare Edited by John Sumwalt and Jo Perry-Sumwalt

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Swords Into Plowshares -- Isaiah 2:1-5 -- David E. Leininger -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
September 11th.
Not Left Behind -- Matthew 24:36-44 -- John E. Sumwalt -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2004
Late have I loved you, O beauty so ancient and so new. Late have I loved you!
Yule Shoppers Clash -- Isaiah 2:1-5 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2004
He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their s
Candlelight At Advent -- Matthew 24:36-44 -- Constance Berg -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2001
The church year is dictated not by a fiscal or chronological calendar, but a religious calendar that
Danielle's Laughter -- Matthew 24:36-44 -- Timothy J. Smith -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 1998
Five-year-old Danielle, along with her younger sister and brother, arrived in time for Sunday School
Come, Lord Jesus -- Matthew 24:36-44 -- John E. Sumwalt -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 1992
Two women lay in their beds on the third floor of a downtown nursing home.

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Swords Into Highchairs, Spears Into Serving Platters -- Isaiah 2:1-5, Romans 13:11-14, Matthew 24:36-44, Psalm 122 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Thomas Willadsen, George Reed -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2019
For December 1, 2019:
Something's Coming -- Isaiah 2:1-5, Matthew 24:36-44, Romans 13:11-14, Psalm 122 -- Christopher Keating, Beth Herrinton-Hodge, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2016
As we turn to Advent and the first Sunday of the church year and a new lectionary cycle, the foremos
The Biggest Christmas Gift -- Isaiah 2:1-5, Matthew 24:36-44, Romans 13:11-14, Psalm 122 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013
The First Sunday of Advent marks the beginning of a new church year -- but since this Sunday is s
Surprise! Surprise! Surprise! -- Matthew 24:36-44, Romans 13:11-14, Isaiah 2:1-5, Psalm 122 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, George Reed -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
This week we enter the season of Advent, and while the world around us is ratcheting up into full-b
Which Armor Will We Wear? -- Matthew 24:36-44, Romans 13:11-14, Isaiah 2:1-5, Psalm 122 -- Paul Bresnahan, Thom M. Shuman -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
In Romans, Paul admonishes us to "lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light" (Ro

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Swords Into Highchairs, Spears Into Serving Platters -- Isaiah 2:1-5, Romans 13:11-14, Matthew 24:36-44, Psalm 122 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Thomas Willadsen, George Reed -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2019
For December 1, 2019:

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First Sunday In Advent -- Isaiah 2:1-5 -- Robert S. Jarboe -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
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First Sunday In Advent -- Psalm 122 -- Robert S. Jarboe -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
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First Sunday In Advent -- Romans 13:11-14 -- Robert S. Jarboe -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
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First Sunday In Advent -- Matthew 24:36-44 -- Robert S. Jarboe -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
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Bulletin Insert for First Sunday in Advent for Year A -- Isaiah 2:1-5, Romans 13:11-14, Matthew 24:36-44, Psalm 122 -- Robert S. Jarboe -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
First Sunday In AdventAdvent Wreath ServiceReader A: Reader B:
Advent 1 -- Matthew 24:36-44, Isaiah 2:1-5, Romans 13:11-14, Psalm 122 -- Amy C. Schifrin, Martha Shonkwiler -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Litany Of Confession
Advent 1 -- Isaiah 2:1-5, Romans 13:11-14, Matthew 24:36-44 -- Thom M. Shuman -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Call To WorshipOne: In the days to come, we will hear God calling us
First Sunday of Advent -- Isaiah 2:1-5, Romans 13:11-14, Matthew 24:36-44 -- Frank Ramirez -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2004
First Lesson: Isaiah 2:1-5 Theme: Swords Into Plowshares
First Sunday Of Advent -- Isaiah 2:1-5, Psalm 122, Romans 13:11-14, Matthew 24:36-44 -- Beverly S. Bailey -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2004
HymnsSleepers Wake (PH17, UM720, LBW31)
First Sunday Of Advent -- Isaiah 2:1-5 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2001
Theme: Walk In The LightCall To Worship
First Sunday Of Advent -- Romans 13:11-14 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2001
Theme: Time To Wake UpCall To Worship
First Sunday Of Advent -- Matthew 24:36-44 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2001
Theme: Be Ready -- The Son Of Man Is ComingCall To Worship
First Sunday Of Advent -- Psalm 25:1-10 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2001
Words Of Assurance
Watchfulness -- Matthew 24:36-44 -- Wayne H. Keller -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 1998
The Community Gathers To Celebrate Its ExpectationsInvitation to the Celebration
First Sunday In Advent -- Isaiah 2:1-5, Romans 13:11-14, Matthew 24:36-44 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 1998
First Lesson: Isaiah 2:1-5Theme: With JoyCall To Worship
Peace Be Within You -- Psalm 122 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 1992
Suggestions:Use as an anthem.2 readers - father and sonKey:
FIRST SUNDAY IN ADVENT -- Isaiah 2:1-5, Romans 13:11-14, Psalm 122, Matthew 24:36-44 -- B. David Hostetter -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 1992
CALL TO WORSHIP
Universal peace from God's unitive power -- Isaiah 2:1-5, Psalm 122, Romans 13:11-14, Matthew 24:36-44 -- Paul A. Laughlin -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 1989
Exegetical note: This eschatological ("latter days") vision, the core of which also appears in the o
Peace in God's Kingdom -- Isaiah 2:1-5, Romans 13:11-14 -- Heth H. Corl -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 1986
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Let the floods clap their hands;
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 at the presence of the Lord, for he is coming
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“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” (vv. 9-12)

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Call to Worship:

Jesus gave up his life for us. In our worship today let us explore how to love one another as he has loved us.


Invitation to Confession:

Jesus, sometimes our love for each other is thin and pale.
Lord, have mercy.

Jesus, sometimes we pretend to love but fail to care.
Christ, have mercy.

Jesus, sometimes we don't know how to love.
Lord, have mercy.

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Near me lay the Bible, unused and unfamiliar. I had never, ever read from the Bible. Yet my hands reached out and took the Bible to open it. I knew not where, nor why. But my hands knew the way. They opened to John 15:9-11 and as my eyes began to read, my mind knew the meaning with clarity. My eyes read verse 10 first:
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