I'm preaching again this Sunday. And I'm wrestling with the lectionary scriptures this week. Wanna get in on the wrestling?
It would be particularly pleasing to know what folks in the Broadway congregation would care to contribute. What would we want to say just now if we were to follow Jesus' advice to "Go and tell John what you hear and see!" Of course, there's Bible study Wednesday evening during which we'll consider these same passages. All are welcome to come join in the conversation then, as well. Come for the Advent reflection "Blue Christmas" at 6 and stay for the potluck and study from 6:30 until about 8:15. Broadway United Methodist Church
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Lectionary Readings for third Sunday in Advent
Isaiah 35:1-10 Isaiah speaks to an exiled and defeated Israel proclaiming a hoped for future where all is transformed into abundance and justice and the way will be wide and inclusive for all God's people. There are repeated images of water in the desert causing new life to spring up from bone-dry ground.
Matthew 11:2-11 John the Baptist is in jail. He sends his followers to ask Jesus, "Are you the one?" Jesus answers, "Go and tell John what you hear and see!" and names all the ways that he is turning things upside down, all to the good of the most vulnerable and marginalized. Then he talks about John and asks whether people are ready to hear from such a wild, uncouth person or whether they expected someone in "soft robes."
What do these passages bring to mind for you in personal, congregational or public life just now?
Good thing it's Advent, because I'm waiting and expecting. Short and sweet is as good as long and complex. Concrete examples are good, too. But don't be surprised if your ideas are referenced in Sunday's sermon!