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Children's Activity

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Signs of our seasons -- Luke 21:25-26 -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
SHARING THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL THEME AT SUNDAY SCHOOL AND AT HOME

Materials:
Give us a cheer! -- Luke 21:25-36 -- First Sunday of Advent - C
Materials
A t-shirt for each child
Jesus is coming back -- Luke 21:25-36 -- First Sunday of Advent - C
Teachers or Parents: In this Gospel reading, we hear the Good
"Bare or green?" -- Luke 21:25-36 -- First Sunday of Advent - C
Teachers or Parents: Advent is a distinct season from
Advent checkoff -- Luke 21:25-36 -- First Sunday of Advent - C
Teachers: This is the first Sunday of Advent. Give each

Gospel Grams 2

Children's Activity Bulletin -- Luke 21:25-36 -- Ages 8-10 -- Luke 21:25-36 -- First Sunday of Advent - C

Gospel Grams 1

Children's Activity Bulletin -- Luke 21:25-36 -- Ages 5-7 -- Luke 21:25-36 -- First Sunday of Advent - C

Commentary

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Alert level of hope -- Jeremiah 33:14-16, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Luke 21:25-36 -- David Coffin -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2015
The tension is thick at a particular workplace, church, nonprofit organization, or community group w
Hanging onto hope -- Jeremiah 33:14-16, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Luke 21:25-36 -- Wayne Brouwer -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2012
Advent is, for the church, a solid hook in the vast, uncharted, chaotic voids of space, allowing us
That'll be the day -- Jeremiah 33:14-16, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Luke 21:25-36, Psalm 25:1-10 -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
Approaching Advent and Christmas, it feels like the ante has been upped, the stakes have
While you wait -- Jeremiah 33:14-16, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Luke 21:25-36, Psalm 25:1-10 -- David Kalas -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2003
What is the relationship between waiting and probability?
The call to holiness -- Jeremiah 33:14-16, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Luke 21:25-36 -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2000
Every year the church struggles with the same question.
Grounded in hope -- Jeremiah 33:14-16, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Luke 21:25-36 -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 1997
Many people think it strange to begin the church year with a Gospel Lesson that focuses on the secon
The Eternal Coming -- Jeremiah 33:14-16, Luke 21:25-36, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 -- First Sunday of Advent - C
Promises are made.Everybody looks for signs. Many set dates and devise calendars.

Children's bulletin

Gospel Grams 2

Children's Activity Bulletin -- Luke 21:25-36 -- Ages 8-10 -- Luke 21:25-36 -- First Sunday of Advent - C

Gospel Grams 1

Children's Activity Bulletin -- Luke 21:25-36 -- Ages 5-7 -- Luke 21:25-36 -- First Sunday of Advent - C

Children's Liturgy and Story

The Village Shepherd

Lucy Leaf's Fear -- Luke 21:25-36 -- Janice B. Scott -- First Sunday of Advent - C
Call to Worship:

Children's sermon

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Celebrate! Jesus is coming again! -- Luke 25:25-36 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2015
The Point: As God’s children we can lift up our heads and hearts because Jesus will
Waiting for God -- Luke 25:25-36 -- Anna Shirey -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2012
First Thoughts: Advent gives us a great opportunity to participate in the spiritual practice
Thank you -- 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13 -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy that we feel
Signs of our seasons -- Luke 21:25-26 -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
Then he told them a parable: "Look at the fig tree and all the trees; as soon
Give us a cheer! -- Luke 21:25-36 -- First Sunday of Advent - C
Good morning, boys and girls.
Finding our way -- 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 -- First Sunday of Advent - C
Good morning! What do I have here in my hand? (Show the map
Jesus is coming back -- Luke 21:25-36 -- First Sunday of Advent - C
Good morning! Have one or both of your parents ever gone
Thankful joy! -- 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 -- First Sunday of Advent - C
Good morning! We have just celebrated Thanksgiving. What
Bare or green? -- Luke 21:25-36 -- First Sunday of Advent - C
Today is the first Sunday of a season called "Advent."
Jesus tells us to be ready -- Luke 21:25-36 -- First Sunday of Advent - C
Good morning, boys and girls. I brought some leaves with me

The Immediate Word

Awaiting The Unknown -- Luke 21:25-36, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Jeremiah 33:14-16, Psalm 25:1-10 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Love -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2015
With a new liturgical year we enter Advent, a time defined by active waiting -- both for the nativit
Paying Attention -- Luke 21:25-36, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Jeremiah 33:14-16, Psalm 25:1-10 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2012
As the lectionary calendar begins anew with Advent, the big theme is anticipation -- and the posture
Waiting For The Birth Of A Jewish Baby -- Jeremiah 33:14-16, Luke 21:25-36 -- George L. Murphy -- First Sunday of Advent - C
Dear Fellow Preacher,

The King Is Coming! -- Luke 21:25-36, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Jeremiah 33:14-16, Psalm 25:1-10 -- Barbara Jurgensen, Scott Suskovic, Thom M. Shuman -- First Sunday of Advent - C
How silently, how silently the wondrous gift is given, so God imparts to human hearts the blessings

Children's Story

The Village Shepherd

Roly Interprets The Signs -- Luke 21:25-36 -- Janice B. Scott -- First Sunday of Advent - C

Devotional

SermonStudio

Advent 1 -- Jeremiah 33:14-16 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2009
The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of
Advent 1 -- Psalm 25:1-10 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2009
To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
-- Psalm 25:1

Advent 1 -- 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2009
How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy that we feel before our God because
Advent 1 -- Luke 21:25-36 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2009
Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all things have taken place.

Drama

SermonStudio

Watch For The Signs! ... Yo, What Signs? -- Jeremiah 33:14-16, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Luke 21:25-36, Psalm 50 -- John A. Tenbrook -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2003
Thespian Theological Thoughts
The End -- Luke 21:25-31 -- Robert F. Crowley -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 1997
Theme

The end times -- will we recognize them?

Summary
The Last Days -- Luke 21:20-36 -- Pamela Urfer -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 1994
Cast: PREACHER and CONGREGATION, three WOMEN and three MEN

Length:
7 minutes

Illustration

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Sermon Illustrations for Advent 1 (2015) -- Jeremiah 33:14-16, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Luke 21:25-36 -- Bob Ove, Bonnie Bates, Mark Ellingsen, Bill Thomas, Frank Ramirez, R. Robert Cueni -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2015
Jeremiah 33:14-16
Sermon Illustrations for Advent 1 (2012) -- Jeremiah 33:14-16, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Luke 21:25-36 -- Mark J. Molldrem, Bob Ove, Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2012
Jeremiah 33:14-16
When you read those words... -- Jeremiah 33:14-16 -- Bob Ove -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2012
When you read those words that seem to imply that the city Jerusalem will live in safety, do you won
The proof is in the pudding... -- Jeremiah 33:14-16 -- Mark J. Molldrem -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2012
"The proof is in the pudding." This is a shortened version of "the proof of the pudding is in the ea
Their crime was simple enough... -- 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 -- Ron Love -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2012
Corrie ten Boom, along with 35 family members and friends, were all marched into the police station'
Paul speaks of a love abounding... -- 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 -- Mark Ellingsen -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2012
Paul speaks of a love abounding (v.
Those are terrifying words!... -- Luke 21:25-36 -- Bob Ove -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2012
Those are terrifying words! What about the safety we should find in Christ?
The Hollywood movie 2012 is about the end of the world... -- Luke 21:25-36 -- Mark J. Molldrem -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2012
The Hollywood movie 2012 is about the end of the world on December 21, 2012, based on the pre
Anyone who's ever booked a... -- Jeremiah 33:14-16 -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
Anyone who's ever booked a vacation is familiar with travel brochures. Sometimes the
It is generally known that... -- Jeremiah 33:14-16 -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
It is generally known that when you chop down a tree, the roots stop growing causing the
Why Jesus? What makes him... -- Jeremiah 33:14-16 -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
Why Jesus? What makes him different? How is he unlike every other person? Why
Although the internet is the... -- 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
Although the internet is the repository of the transitory, a surprisingly successful function
More and more businesses today... -- 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
More and more businesses today are doing their best to do away with meetings. Perhaps
Anyone who has expected a... -- 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
Anyone who has expected a child knows there is much work to do. A place must be
Fear has been much forgotten... -- Luke 21:25-36 -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
"Fear has been much forgotten -- both by the world and by Christians in general. We rush
There are many signs that... -- Luke 21:25-36 -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
There are many signs that tell us a new season is upon us. The first frost, changing leaves,
Nora had her grandson bring... -- Luke 21:25-36 -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
Nora had her grandson bring her Christmas decorations up from the basement. As she
Alcohol, drugs, and pornography grab... -- Luke 21:25-36 -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
Alcohol, drugs, and pornography grab our attention. So do eating disorders, gambling,
Righteousness and justice are... -- Jeremiah 33:14-16 -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2003

Righteousness and justice are not realities that the late Supreme Court Justice Haim Cohn obse
In a Peanuts... -- Jeremiah 33:14-16 -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2003

In a Peanuts cartoon, Lucy is yelling at Linus.
In his book I... -- Jeremiah 33:14-16 -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2003

In his book Theology of Hope, Jurgen Moltmann comments on the relationship of promise t
In one of the... -- Jeremiah 33:14-16 -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2003

In one of the most favorite and annually repeated episodes in the cartoon Peanuts, Lucy
Jerusalem is anything but... -- Jeremiah 33:14-16 -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2003

Jerusalem is anything but safe these days.

The Immediate Word

Awaiting The Unknown -- Luke 21:25-36, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Jeremiah 33:14-16, Psalm 25:1-10 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Love -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2015
With a new liturgical year we enter Advent, a time defined by active waiting -- both for the nativit
Paying Attention -- Luke 21:25-36, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Jeremiah 33:14-16, Psalm 25:1-10 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2012
As the lectionary calendar begins anew with Advent, the big theme is anticipation -- and the posture

Intercession

The Village Shepherd

Advent God... -- Luke 21:25-36 -- Janice B. Scott -- First Sunday of Advent - C
Prayers usually include these concerns and may follow this sequence:

Prayer

SermonStudio

The snare-like suddenness of the Second Coming -- Luke 21:25-36 -- Dennis Koch -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 1994
Gospel Theme:

The snare-like suddenness of the Second Coming
FIRST SUNDAY IN ADVENT -- Jeremiah 33:14-16, Psalm 25:1-10, Luke 21:25-36 -- B. David Hostetter -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 1985
CALL TO WORSHIP

Preaching

The Immediate Word

Awaiting The Unknown -- Luke 21:25-36, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Jeremiah 33:14-16, Psalm 25:1-10 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Love -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2015
With a new liturgical year we enter Advent, a time defined by active waiting -- both for the nativit
Paying Attention -- Luke 21:25-36, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Jeremiah 33:14-16, Psalm 25:1-10 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2012
As the lectionary calendar begins anew with Advent, the big theme is anticipation -- and the posture
Waiting For The Birth Of A Jewish Baby -- Jeremiah 33:14-16, Luke 21:25-36 -- George L. Murphy -- First Sunday of Advent - C
Dear Fellow Preacher,

The King Is Coming! -- Luke 21:25-36, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Jeremiah 33:14-16, Psalm 25:1-10 -- Barbara Jurgensen, Scott Suskovic, Thom M. Shuman -- First Sunday of Advent - C
How silently, how silently the wondrous gift is given, so God imparts to human hearts the blessings

SermonStudio

First Sunday Of Advent -- Jeremiah 33:14-16, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Luke 21:25-36 -- Carlos Wilton -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
Theme For The Day
Advent 1 -- Psalm 25:1-10 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
(See Lent 1, Cycle B, for an alternative approach.)

First Sunday in Advent -- Jeremiah 33:14-16 -- Elizabeth Achtemeier -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2003
Promises are so important!
First Sunday Of Advent -- Jeremiah 33:14-16, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Luke 21:25-36 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2003
Seasonal Theme
The Sign Of The Fig Tree -- Luke 21:25-36 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2003
1. Text
Navigating Home To Jesus -- Luke 21:25-36 -- Richard E. Gribble, CSC -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2000
Theme

First Sunday In Advent -- Jeremiah 33:14-16, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Luke 21:25-36 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2000
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS

Lesson 1: Jeremiah 33:14-16 (C, RC)

The Sprouting Fig Tree -- Luke 21:25-36 -- William E. Keeney -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 1997
25"There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars,
First Sunday In Advent -- Jeremiah 33:14-16, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Luke 21:25-36 -- George M. Bass -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 1991
The Church Year Theological Clue

Advent 1 -- Jeremiah 33:14-16, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Luke 21:25-36 -- Perry H. Biddle, Jr. -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 1988
Comments on the Lessons

Sermon

The Immediate Word

Awaiting The Unknown -- Luke 21:25-36, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Jeremiah 33:14-16, Psalm 25:1-10 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Love -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2015
With a new liturgical year we enter Advent, a time defined by active waiting -- both for the nativit
Paying Attention -- Luke 21:25-36, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Jeremiah 33:14-16, Psalm 25:1-10 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2012
As the lectionary calendar begins anew with Advent, the big theme is anticipation -- and the posture
Waiting For The Birth Of A Jewish Baby -- Jeremiah 33:14-16, Luke 21:25-36 -- George L. Murphy -- First Sunday of Advent - C
Dear Fellow Preacher,

The King Is Coming! -- Luke 21:25-36, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Jeremiah 33:14-16, Psalm 25:1-10 -- Barbara Jurgensen, Scott Suskovic, Thom M. Shuman -- First Sunday of Advent - C
How silently, how silently the wondrous gift is given, so God imparts to human hearts the blessings

SermonStudio

God's Gift -- Jeremiah 33:14-16 -- Derl G. Keefer -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2009
Margery Tallcott relates that during the Depression she and her husband were barely making the money
Thanksgiving Means Giving -- 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 -- Richard E. Gribble, CSC -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2009
When Billy Walsh was a youngster, his family lived near Mrs. Smithson.
Don't Burn The Cookies! -- Luke 21:25-36 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2009
Today we enter the season of Advent.
Shoots Of Tomorrow -- Jeremiah 33:14-16 -- Mary S. Lautensleger -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
In the parable of The Giving Tree, a young boy would gather his favorite tree's leaves on mil
Advent: The Call To Holiness -- 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 -- John T. Ball -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
Anytime we center on First Thessalonians in our devotional reading or in a study group or read a pas
First Things First -- Luke 21:25-36 -- Gary L. Carver -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
No moment in the life of a parent is more awesome than when a child leaves home for the first time a
The Power Of The Future -- Jeremiah 33:14-16 -- Steven E. Albertin -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2003
We have all had them. We all hate them. You know what I am talking about: boring history teachers.
Just You Wait! -- 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 -- Robert S. Crilley -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2003
Some of you may be excited to learn that this morning's scripture lesson contains a benediction.
Praying For A Whole New World -- Luke 21:25-36 -- Harry N. Huxhold -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2000
The door slammed. There was a rush upstairs.
Praying For A Whole New World -- Luke 21:25-36 -- William G. Carter -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2000
The door slammed. There was a rush upstairs.
The Future Shapes The Present -- 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2000
Sometimes you and I read the Bible as if it were a blast from the past.
Christ Is Coming… -- Luke 21:25-28, 34-36 -- James T. Garrett -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 1991
Today is the start of the season of Advent. A season of anticipation. A season of hope and waiting.
Previews Of Coming Attractions -- Jeremiah 33:14-16 -- Ron Lavin -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 1991
What comes to your mind when I say the word "forecasting"? The weather man?
The Signs of Summer -- Luke 21:25-28, 34-36 -- J. Ellsworth Kalas -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 1988
The season of Advent is upon us, and with it a spirit of heaviness.
God's Two Hands -- Jeremiah 33:14-16 -- Robert G. Tuttle -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 1988
Again as the years turn, as the planets swing around the sun, we come to the season of Advent, the r
It's Hard For God to Get Through to Us -- Jeremiah 33:14-16 -- James H. Bailey -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 1985
Advent requires us to experience a vision from God in whatever circumstances we find ourselves, and
The Greening of the Gospel -- Luke 21:25-36 -- Roy C. Nichols -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 1985
Jesus was deeply committed to the basic teachings of the Jewish religion.

The Village Shepherd

When Will He Come? -- 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 -- Janice B. Scott -- First Sunday of Advent - C

Some years ago when our children were very small, we took advantage of one of those holiday
The New Golden Era -- Jeremiah 33:14-16 -- Janice B. Scott -- First Sunday of Advent - C
The memory is a strange phenomenon.
The Coming -- Luke 21:25-36 -- Janice B. Scott -- First Sunday of Advent - C
Today, as well as being Advent Sunday is also the first day of year 3 of the Revised Common Lectio

Stories

StoryShare

The Righteous Branch -- Luke 21:25-36, Jeremiah 33:14-16, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Psalm 25:1-10 -- Sandra Herrmann, Frank Ramirez -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2015
Contents
"The Righteous Branch" by Sandra Herrmann
Advent: Hope And Expectation -- Luke 21:25-36, Jeremiah 33:14-16, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Psalm 25:1-10 -- Lamar Massingill -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2012
Contents
"Advent: Hope and Expectation" by Lamar Massingill
Where Is The Church? -- Luke 21:25-36, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Jeremiah 33:14-16, Psalm 25:1-10 -- Terry Cain, David O. Bales -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
Contents
What's Up This Week
A Story to Live By: "Signs" by David O. Bales
Monday Night Dissipation -- Jeremiah 33:14-16, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Luke 21:25-36, Psalm 25:1-10 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- First Sunday of Advent - C
Monday Night Dissipation
by John Sumwalt

SermonStudio

Eyes Up! -- Luke 21:25-36 -- David E. Leininger -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2009
A bit of a contrast, isn't it? The sweet strains of "Away In A Manger" followed by "...
The Righteous Christmas Tree -- Jeremiah 33:14-16 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of
The Re-gifting Dilemma -- Jeremiah 33:14-16 -- Timothy F. Merrill -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2003
I confess.
The Voice Of The Broken Branch -- Jeremiah 33:14-16, Psalm 25:1-10 -- John E. Sumwalt -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2003
In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David; and he shall
He Knew -- Luke 21:25-36 -- Constance Berg -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2000
He knew. From the moment I saw his eyes looking at me -- at my body -- I knew he knew.
Glenda Finds An Advent Prayer -- Psalm 25:1-10 -- Richard A. Jensen -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 1994
It had been a tough week for Glenda Kruse.
Advent 1 -- 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 -- John Steward -- First Sunday of Advent - C
What is love?

Worship

The Immediate Word

Awaiting The Unknown -- Luke 21:25-36, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Jeremiah 33:14-16, Psalm 25:1-10 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Love -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2015
With a new liturgical year we enter Advent, a time defined by active waiting -- both for the nativit
Paying Attention -- Luke 21:25-36, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Jeremiah 33:14-16, Psalm 25:1-10 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2012
As the lectionary calendar begins anew with Advent, the big theme is anticipation -- and the posture
Waiting For The Birth Of A Jewish Baby -- Jeremiah 33:14-16, Luke 21:25-36 -- George L. Murphy -- First Sunday of Advent - C
Dear Fellow Preacher,

The King Is Coming! -- Luke 21:25-36, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Jeremiah 33:14-16, Psalm 25:1-10 -- Barbara Jurgensen, Scott Suskovic, Thom M. Shuman -- First Sunday of Advent - C
How silently, how silently the wondrous gift is given, so God imparts to human hearts the blessings

SermonStudio

Advent 1 -- Jeremiah 33:14-16, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Luke 21:25-36, Psalm 25:1-10 -- Julia Ross Strope -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2009
The truth, Dumbledore sighed.
It is a beautiful and terrible thing and
First Sunday Of Advent -- Jeremiah 33:14-16 -- Frank Ramirez -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
First Lesson: Jeremiah 33:14-16

Theme: Empires Come And Go -- God Lasts
First Sunday Of Advent -- 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 -- Frank Ramirez -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
Second Lesson: 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13

Theme: Night And Day
First Sunday Of Advent -- Luke 21:25-36 -- Frank Ramirez -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
Gospel Lesson: Luke 21:25-36

Theme: God Is Near Again

Call To Worship
First Sunday Of Advent -- Jeremiah 33:14-16, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Luke 21:25-36 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2003
Theme: The Promise Of A Kingdom Of Justice And Righteousness

Call To Worship
The Advent-ure Of Love -- Jeremiah 33:14-16 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2000
Call To Worship
Advent 1 -- Luke 21:25-36 -- Wayne H. Keller -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2000
Liturgical Color: Purple/Blue

Gospel: Luke 21:25-36
The Promise -- Jeremiah 33:14-16 -- James R. Wilson -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 1997
Call To Worship
Advent 1 -- Psalm 25:1-10 -- Hugh H. Drennan -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 1991
To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
O my God, in you I trust;
FIRST SUNDAY IN ADVENT -- Jeremiah 33:14-16, Luke 21:25-36 -- Heth H. Corl -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 1976
First Lesson: Jeremiah 33:14-16

Theme: The Lord is our righteousness

New & Featured This Week

The Immediate Word

Bethany Peerbolte
Christopher Keating
Mary Austin
Ron Love
Dean Feldmeyer
George Reed
We complete the lectionary cycle this week by recalling the reign of Christ in the life of believers and the world.  But there’s a distinction between having a king and wanting a king. Moreover, sometimes the priorities we establish for ourselves bear no resemblance to the priorities of the reign of God.  In the Gospel reading, Pilate seems confused. If Jesus is a king, then exactly what sort of king is he, and what is the nature of his kingdom? Pilate’s confusion becomes our confusion as well.

StoryShare

David O. Bales
Contents
“Pilate’s Point Of View” by David O. Bales
“Priests for Whom?” by David O. Bales


Pilate’s Point Of View
by David O. Bales
John 18:33-37
Peter Andrew Smith
Morris stared at the plain white tiles of the hospital ceiling and wondered how much longer he would have to wait for the nurse to come and get him. He looked around at the curtains surrounding the waiting area and pulled the blanket over his feet. He sighed loudly.

“Bored?” a voice asked from the other side of the curtain.

“Yeah,” Morris replied. “I just want this over.”

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Bill Thomas
Bonnie Bates
Mark Ellingsen
Bob Ove
Ron Love
Frank Ramirez
Joel 2:21-27 and Psalm 126
That psalm could be for someone who was out of work who the Lord finds a job for. They can rejoice and give thanks for the Lord’s restoration. They will have a happy thanksgiving. Even those still out of work have a Lord who is keeping them alive until a more permanent answer arrives.

We can all find something to be thankful for. Thanksgiving is at least one time when we can make a list of all those things. Some take paper and pen and do that.

Bob Ove
Ron Love
Frank Ramirez
Bill Thomas
Bonnie Bates
Mark Ellingsen
2 Samuel 23:1-7 and Psalm 132:1-12, (13-18)
Do what’s right. David says it this way, “One who rules over people justly, ruling in the fear of God, is like the light of morning, like the sun rising on a cloudless morning, gleaming from the rain on the grassy land.” These are some of David’s final words and, as such, they are significant. It’s hard to always do the right thing.
Mark Ellingsen
The theme for the final Sunday of the church year is a reminder that Christ already reigns! We already see hints of his rule at the end of time, even today.

2 Samuel 23:1-7
Frank Ramirez
In the book “Through the Looking Glass,” by Lewis Carroll, the chess pieces come to life, including the befuddled White Queen who in response to Alice’s assertion that one can’t believe in things that are impossible, replies, “I daresay you haven’t had much practice. When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

The lectionary scriptures cut the number in half and ask us to believe in three, if not quite impossible, then certainly improbable things.

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Arley K. Fadness
“My kingdom is not from this world” (v. 36a)

Good morning girls and boys,

Have your parents ever told you “always tell the truth?” (children respond)

Of course what they mean, to tell the truth, is be honest, don't lie, tell it like it is.

Truth is a tiny word with only 5 letters -- T-R-U-T-H, but has a big, big meaning.

When Jesus was on trial he was asked by governor Pontus Pilate “what is truth?”
Arley K. Fadness
“Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?” (v. 25b)

Good morning boys and girls,

I'm so glad to see you. It's a fun time in this wonderful thanksgiving holiday season isn't it? Let's make a list of things we are thankful for. (list items on sketch pad as children make suggestions) We have a lot to be thankful for don't we?

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
I sometimes catch those programmes on television which offer people an evening out with the celebrity of their choice, or at least, ask people who they would choose if they could have that choice. Film stars and pop stars usually come at the top of the list, closely followed by royalty, especially the younger and handsomer members of the royal family.

When I see some of the choices I find myself shuddering and wonder what on earth people can see in such a person. But I suppose the choice is usually based on

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Carlos Wilton

Theme For The Day

Jesus Christ is King -- but not the sort of king the world expects.

Old Testament Lesson
2 Samuel 23:1-7
The Last Words Of David

William G. Carter
In the small town of Mapleville, the ecumenical Thanksgiving Eve service was poorly attended. Once it was a popular event for the whole town, gathering people from a variety of denominations and faiths. In recent years, attendance had faded to a faithful few. Most of those who came in any given year were members of the host congregation. What began as a spirited occasion that brought together a variety of clergy, choirs, and congregations had shrunk in numbers and dwindled in enthusiasm.

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