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The light of God always comes to us -- Isaiah 64:1-9, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Mark 13:24-37 -- Sandra Herrmann -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2017
“It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” says the song that plays endlessly in the nearly vacant
Anticipation -- Isaiah 64:1-9, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Mark 13:24-37 -- Wayne Brouwer -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2014
A well-rounded biblical "Screw your courage to the sticking-place," says Lady Macbeth to her doomed
Reading the last chapter first -- Isaiah 64:1-9, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Mark 13:24-37 -- David A. Davis -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2011
Christmas comes earlier every year. At least the Christmas season starts earlier every year.
Reading the last chapter first -- Isaiah 64:1-9, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Mark 13:24-37, Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2002
Christmas comes earlier very year. At least the Christmas season starts earlier every year.
A way to the future -- Isaiah 64:1-9, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Mark 13:24-37 -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 1999
Advent shifts our attention to the future.
The Christmas yet to come -- Isaiah 64:1-9, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Mark 13:24-37 -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 1993
The future is now -- Isaiah 64:1-9, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Mark 13:24-37 -- First Sunday of Advent - B
Isaiah has been called "the prophet of the holy." His personal encounter with God, described in

Children's sermon

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She Says / Cross-Contamination -- Mark 13:24-37, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Isaiah 64:1-9, Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Ron Love -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2017
It’s almost as if there’s been a nuclear chain reaction -- in the wake of serious allegations of sex
Second-Coming Living -- Mark 13:24-37, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Isaiah 64:1-9, Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 -- Leah Lonsbury, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2014
Are you awake, or are you drowsing off?
Anticipation -- It's Keepin' Me Waitin' -- Mark 13:24-37, Isaiah 64:1-9, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2011
Advent arrives for our congregations on a weekend when many people will still be basking in the afte
Be Ready: The Lord Is Coming! -- Mark 13:24-37, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Isaiah 64:1-9, Psalm 80 -- Richard E. Gribble, CSC, Stephen P. McCutchan, George Reed -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2008
(Originally published November 30, 2008)
Home For The Holidays? -- Mark 13:24-37, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Isaiah 64:1-9, Psalm 80 -- George L. Murphy, Carlos Wilton, Stephen P. McCutchan, Julia Ross Strope -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2005
(Originally published November 27, 2005)
All Trees Are Christmas Trees -- Isaiah 64:1-9, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Mark 13:24-37 -- George L. Murphy, Larry Hard, Wesley T. Runk -- First Sunday of Advent - B
Dear Fellow Preachers,

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Advent 1 -- Isaiah 64:1-9, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Mark 13:24-37 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2008
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Sermon Illustrations for Advent 1 (2017) -- Isaiah 64:1-9, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Mark 13:24-37 -- Bill Thomas, Frank Ramirez, Bonnie Bates, Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love, Bob Ove -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2017
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Sermon Illustrations for Advent 1 (2014) -- Isaiah 64:1-9, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Mark 13:24-37 -- Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love, Derl G. Keefer, Bob Ove -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2014
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The lesson refers to the... -- Isaiah 64:1-9 -- Mark Ellingsen -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2014
The lesson refers to the precariousness of life and the fact that no one calls on God's name.
In the comic strip... -- Isaiah 64:1-9 -- Ron Love -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2014
In the comic strip Frank & Ernest by Bob Thaves, we have Frank and Ernie sitting all rump
Nine Illustrations for 2011 -- Isaiah 64:1-9, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Mark 13:24-37 -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2011
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Israel received the Law... -- Isaiah 64:1-9 -- Brian Hohmeier -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2011
When Israel received the Law, they began practicing what is called a strict purity code.
Sometimes as a child you get into situations... -- Isaiah 64:1-9 -- Leah Thompson -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2011
Sometimes as a child you get into situations that you don't like and all you want is your parents.
Thomas Jefferson was a deist... -- Isaiah 64:1-9 -- Ron Love -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2011
Thomas Jefferson was a deist.
Scott knew now that he... -- Isaiah 64:1-9 -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2008
Scott knew now that he shouldn't have done it.
We want you ... but we... -- Isaiah 64:1-9 -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2008
We want you ... but we don't want you.
I feel certain that any... -- Isaiah 64:1-9 -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2008
I feel certain that any of us who have ever tried to shape a lump of clay while it's spinning on a p
The preschool children at the... -- Isaiah 64:1-9 -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2008
The preschool children at the church came to see Pastor Mary and were thrilled to present her with s
It is a bittersweet moment... -- Isaiah 64:1-9 -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2008
It is a bittersweet moment for Carla.
Isaiah 64:1-9 Scott... -- Mark 13:24-37, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Isaiah 64:1-9 -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2008
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She Says / Cross-Contamination -- Mark 13:24-37, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Isaiah 64:1-9, Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Ron Love -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2017
It’s almost as if there’s been a nuclear chain reaction -- in the wake of serious allegations of sex
Second-Coming Living -- Mark 13:24-37, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Isaiah 64:1-9, Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 -- Leah Lonsbury, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2014
Are you awake, or are you drowsing off?
Anticipation -- It's Keepin' Me Waitin' -- Mark 13:24-37, Isaiah 64:1-9, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2011
Advent arrives for our congregations on a weekend when many people will still be basking in the afte
Be Ready: The Lord Is Coming! -- Mark 13:24-37, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Isaiah 64:1-9, Psalm 80 -- Richard E. Gribble, CSC, Stephen P. McCutchan, George Reed -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2008
(Originally published November 30, 2008)
Home For The Holidays? -- Mark 13:24-37, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Isaiah 64:1-9, Psalm 80 -- George L. Murphy, Carlos Wilton, Stephen P. McCutchan, Julia Ross Strope -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2005
(Originally published November 27, 2005)
All Trees Are Christmas Trees -- Isaiah 64:1-9, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Mark 13:24-37 -- George L. Murphy, Larry Hard, Wesley T. Runk -- First Sunday of Advent - B
Dear Fellow Preachers,

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Are You Waiting For Godot? -- Mark 13:24-37, Isaiah 64:1-9, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 -- Richard A. Jensen, John E. Sumwalt, Gregory Tolle, R.h. Thompson -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2005
Contents What's Up This Week

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She Says / Cross-Contamination -- Mark 13:24-37, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Isaiah 64:1-9, Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Ron Love -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2017
It’s almost as if there’s been a nuclear chain reaction -- in the wake of serious allegations of sex
Second-Coming Living -- Mark 13:24-37, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Isaiah 64:1-9, Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 -- Leah Lonsbury, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2014
Are you awake, or are you drowsing off?
Anticipation -- It's Keepin' Me Waitin' -- Mark 13:24-37, Isaiah 64:1-9, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2011
Advent arrives for our congregations on a weekend when many people will still be basking in the afte
Be Ready: The Lord Is Coming! -- Mark 13:24-37, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Isaiah 64:1-9, Psalm 80 -- Richard E. Gribble, CSC, Stephen P. McCutchan, George Reed -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2008
(Originally published November 30, 2008)
Home For The Holidays? -- Mark 13:24-37, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Isaiah 64:1-9, Psalm 80 -- George L. Murphy, Carlos Wilton, Stephen P. McCutchan, Julia Ross Strope -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2005
(Originally published November 27, 2005)
All Trees Are Christmas Trees -- Isaiah 64:1-9, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Mark 13:24-37 -- George L. Murphy, Larry Hard, Wesley T. Runk -- First Sunday of Advent - B
Dear Fellow Preachers,

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Advent 1 -- Isaiah 64:1-9, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Mark 13:24-37 -- Mark Ellingsen -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2011
Theme of the Day
First Sunday of Advent -- Isaiah 64:1-9, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Mark 13:24-37 -- Carlos Wilton -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2005
Revised Common Isaiah 64:1-9 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 Mark 13:24-37
First Sunday in Advent -- Isaiah 64:1-9 -- Elizabeth Achtemeier -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2001
"In our sins we have been a long time, and shall we be saved?" (v. 5d).
First Sunday In Advent -- Isaiah 64:1-9, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Mark 13:24-37 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 1999
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS
The return of the Lord -- Isaiah 64:1-9, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Mark 13:24-37 -- Russell F. Anderson -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 1996
Theme For The Day: The return of the Lord.
First Sunday Of Advent -- Isaiah 64:1-9, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Mark 13:24-37 -- John R. Brokhoff -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 1993
This pericope comes from the third section of Isaiah (chapters
First Sunday of Advent -- Isaiah 64:1-9, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Mark 13:24-37 -- George M. Bass -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 1990
Wake up and watch is the biblical/liturgical theme for this First Sunday of Advent.
First Sunday of Advent -- Isaiah 64:1-9, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Mark 13:24-37 -- George M. Bass -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 1990
Wake up and watch is the biblical/liturgical theme for this First Sunday of Advent.
First Sunday Of Advent -- Isaiah 64:1-9, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Mark 13:24-37 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- First Sunday of Advent - B
Seasonal Theme

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She Says / Cross-Contamination -- Mark 13:24-37, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Isaiah 64:1-9, Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Ron Love -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2017
It’s almost as if there’s been a nuclear chain reaction -- in the wake of serious allegations of sex
Second-Coming Living -- Mark 13:24-37, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Isaiah 64:1-9, Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 -- Leah Lonsbury, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2014
Are you awake, or are you drowsing off?
Anticipation -- It's Keepin' Me Waitin' -- Mark 13:24-37, Isaiah 64:1-9, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2011
Advent arrives for our congregations on a weekend when many people will still be basking in the afte
Be Ready: The Lord Is Coming! -- Mark 13:24-37, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Isaiah 64:1-9, Psalm 80 -- Richard E. Gribble, CSC, Stephen P. McCutchan, George Reed -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2008
(Originally published November 30, 2008)
Home For The Holidays? -- Mark 13:24-37, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Isaiah 64:1-9, Psalm 80 -- George L. Murphy, Carlos Wilton, Stephen P. McCutchan, Julia Ross Strope -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2005
(Originally published November 27, 2005)
All Trees Are Christmas Trees -- Isaiah 64:1-9, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Mark 13:24-37 -- George L. Murphy, Larry Hard, Wesley T. Runk -- First Sunday of Advent - B
Dear Fellow Preachers,

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Jesus Brings New Life -- Isaiah 64:1-9 -- Richard E. Gribble, CSC -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2008
The end of World War II and the onset of the Cold War, which saw the super powers of the United Stat
Last Piece Of The Puzzle -- Mark 13:24-37, Isaiah 64:1-9 -- Michael D. Wuchter -- 2006
Advent is the time of waiting, of wishing, and of wanting an intervention.
Denial Ain't A River In Egypt -- Isaiah 64:1-9 -- Schuyler Rhodes -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2005
Denial Ain't A River In Egypt
The Waiting Place -- Isaiah 64:1-9 -- William L. Self -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 1999
While we were keeping our eighteen-month-old grandson for the weekend so his parents could catch up
Evergreen Wreath And Faded Leaf -- Isaiah 64:1-9 -- Harold C. Warlick, Jr. -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 1996
The occasion was a joyous one as the young bride and groom settled into their seats at the head tabl
Evergreen Wreath and Faded Leaf -- Isaiah 64:1-9 -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 1996
The occasion was a joyous one as the young bride and groom settled into their seats at the head tabl
Why Don't You Send Somebody? -- Isaiah 64:1-9 -- Frederick C. Edwards -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 1993
In the entrance of the magnificent modern cathedral of St.
Come On Down -- Isaiah 64:1-9 -- Curtis Lewis -- First Sunday of Advent - B
One of the most popular television game shows is The Price Is Right hosted by long-time emcee Bob Ba

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Waiting -- Isaiah 64:1-9 -- Janice B. Scott -- First Sunday of Advent - B
Jane was in her sixties, looking

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The Long Wait -- Mark 13:24-37, Isaiah 64:1-9, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 -- Keith Hewitt, Keith Wagner -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2014
Contents"The Long Wait" by Keith Hewitt
A Stellar Calamity -- Mark 13:24-37, Isaiah 64:1-9, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 -- Frank Ramirez, Peter Andrew Smith, John E. Sumwalt -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2008
Contents What's Up This Week "A Stellar Calamity" by Frank Ramirez
Are You Waiting For Godot? -- Mark 13:24-37, Isaiah 64:1-9, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 -- Richard A. Jensen, John E. Sumwalt, Gregory Tolle, R.h. Thompson -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2005
Contents What's Up This Week

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Painful Waiting -- Isaiah 64:1-9 -- John E. Sumwalt, Jo Perry-sumwalt -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 1996
The pain was unbearable!
A Safe Place To Tell Visions -- Isaiah 64:1-9 -- John E. Sumwalt, John E. Sumwalt -- First Sunday of Advent - B
Late on Maundy Thursday evening, in the year 2000, as I lay in bed, meditating on the format of this

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She Says / Cross-Contamination -- Mark 13:24-37, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Isaiah 64:1-9, Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Ron Love -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2017
It’s almost as if there’s been a nuclear chain reaction -- in the wake of serious allegations of sex
Second-Coming Living -- Mark 13:24-37, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Isaiah 64:1-9, Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 -- Leah Lonsbury, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2014
Are you awake, or are you drowsing off?
Anticipation -- It's Keepin' Me Waitin' -- Mark 13:24-37, Isaiah 64:1-9, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2011
Advent arrives for our congregations on a weekend when many people will still be basking in the afte
Be Ready: The Lord Is Coming! -- Mark 13:24-37, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Isaiah 64:1-9, Psalm 80 -- Richard E. Gribble, CSC, Stephen P. McCutchan, George Reed -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2008
(Originally published November 30, 2008)
Home For The Holidays? -- Mark 13:24-37, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Isaiah 64:1-9, Psalm 80 -- George L. Murphy, Carlos Wilton, Stephen P. McCutchan, Julia Ross Strope -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2005
(Originally published November 27, 2005)
All Trees Are Christmas Trees -- Isaiah 64:1-9, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Mark 13:24-37 -- George L. Murphy, Larry Hard, Wesley T. Runk -- First Sunday of Advent - B
Dear Fellow Preachers,

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Time To Clean Up -- Isaiah 64:1-9 -- Frank Ramirez -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2005
Call To Worship
First Sunday In Advent -- Isaiah 64:1-9, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Mark 13:24-37, Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 -- Charles And Donna Cammarata -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2005
This Sunday's passages reflect a cry for God to restore.
Bulletin Insert for First Sunday in Advent for Year B -- Isaiah 64:1-9, Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Mark 13:24-37 -- Robert S. Jarboe -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2005
Advent Wreath ServiceReader A: ______________________
First Sunday in Advent -- Isaiah 64:1-9 -- Robert S. Jarboe -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2005
(Distribute this sheet to the readers.) Date: _________________________
Plea For God's Presence -- Isaiah 64:1-9 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2002
Call To Worship
Coming Forth -- Isaiah 64:1-9, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Mark 13:24-37 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 1999
Call To Worship Leader: Come forth, O love divine.
First Sunday In Advent -- Isaiah 64:1-9, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Mark 13:24-37 -- James R. Wilson -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 1996
Theme: Come to us, O Lord!Call To Worship
FIRST SUNDAY IN ADVENT -- Isaiah 64:1-9, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Mark 13:24-37, Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 -- B. David Hostetter -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 1993
* CALL TO WORSHIPWait expectantly for our Lord Jesus Christ to reveal himself. He

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First Sunday Of Advent -- Isaiah 64:1-9, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Mark 13:24-37, Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 -- Charles And Donna Cammarata -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2005
This Sunday's passages reflect a cry for God to restore.
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