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sermon resources for december 4, 2011 [Advent 2B]

sermon and preaching resourcesIsaiah 40:1-11

The beginning of Deutero-Isaiah, the prophet addresses the Babylonian exiles who have been removed from Judah.

In light of how inconsistent people are, the prophet wonders what he should cry out; he announces, “Here is your God!” Isn’t that part of the deal?... Lifting our eyes from our own circumstances to the One who enters our circumstances bringing comfort and change…

Wilderness is an important character in Hebraic literature. Something significant happens in the wilderness. From God’s classroom instructing the rescued Israelites how to be his people in Exodus, to Jesus’ temptation in the Gospels, important identity formation happens in the wilderness. Perhaps Mark’s John is appearing himself in the wilderness for a reason.

2 Peter 3:8-15a

God’s “slowness” vs. God’s patience… This then in contrast to the coming like a thief in the night. It allows for some interesting tensions in preaching.

Even though a final day is coming, that does not mean that current days are meaningless. The epistle’s author encourages “godly living.” It is a rehearsal of sorts for the new heaven and earth. The rehearsal is again a call to prepare.

Mark 1:1-8

Mark tells his readers from the beginning how this story ends: Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. Readers will engage the entirety of the story knowing exactly who Jesus is. And they are told this is Good News. What does it mean that Mark links Jesus’ identity with Isaiah’s writings? How is Mark setting the stage for his drama?

Orthodox circles refer to John the Baptist as “John the Forerunner.” Does that help us understand who he is and what his purpose is? And if he is the forerunner like that in Isaiah, perhaps this is a chance to talk about us who are exiles in sin and the God who is making a road in to rescue us and bring us “home.”

How about using the contrast between fake news (like The Daily Show) and real news (maybe like NBC Nightly News)? Could the “realness” of news be measured in how it impacts the hearer? If so, John is offering real news—Jesus is coming; prepare!

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a field guide to contemporary worship

Now available for purchase via Augsburg Fortress, A Field Guide to Contemporary Worship is a must-have guide for anyone thinking about starting a contemporary worship service, and an essential reference work for those wondering about the nuts and bolts of instrumentation, arranging, working with microphones and speakers, and much more!

A Field Guide to Contemporary WorshipWritten by a church musician and a pastor who have experienced the joys and challenges of this popular form of worship, A Field Guide to Contemporary Worship provides field-tested ideas and hints and a wealth of illustrations.

In this book you will learn how to form a worship team, how to build a repertoire, how to lead effective rehearsals, the basic of music arrangement and orchestration, how a PA system works, and how to arrange/assemble a sound system (including info on microphones and speakers).

If you've already been so kind as to purchase a copy [thanks, Mom], please make sure you take advantage of the supplementary material to the book found in the "Field Guide Extras" section. You'll find a ton of free contemporary worship resources, including a searchable index of contemporary worship songs organized by theme.

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