Through the River to the Manger

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A sermon sneak peek for this Sunday (16 December):

Through the River to the MangerThe Lectionary readings for Advent include more than one surprising birth:  John the Baptizer is born to Elizabeth and Zechariah, who were both “getting on in years” (Luke 1:7).  John and Jesus are related by more than

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A sermon sneak peek for this Sunday (16 December):

Through the River to the MangerThe Lectionary readings for Advent include more than one surprising birth:  John the Baptizer is born to Elizabeth and Zechariah, who were both “getting on in years” (Luke 1:7).  John and Jesus are related by more than their family tree; their advent is steeped in anticipation and express the deepest longings of a people who are oppressed.

The scene of the pericope for this Sunday, the Third Sunday of Advent, takes us to the banks of the River Jordan to hear John preach; the location, the geography of the preaching, is important.  The river is not just a stream in the desert, it is a marking point of faith:  it represents the place we come out of the wilderness and into the Promise Land.  John’s preaching may startle us (“you brood of vipers!”), especially when we want to sing of heralding angels, scurrying shepherds and a sweet baby in a manger. But the way to the crèche includes a stop by a harried preacher on the river banks; its probably the only way we can hear the angels sing.

Read more http://whereheartandmindmeet.ccuccatl.com/2012/12/14/through-the-river-to-the-manger/

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