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sermon resources for november 27, 2011 [Advent 1A]

sermon and preaching resourcesIsaiah 64:1-9

The Jewish exiles have returned to find the ruins of their temple and nation.

Could this be a time to talk about the “Absence of God” moments in our lives? Isaiah says God has hidden himself. How many of our hearers have Blue Christmases—either temporary (like a recent divorce or death in the family that will overshadow the merry-making) or prolonged (another year with employment or a diagnosis of Alzheimers). A colleague of mine does an annual Blue Christmas service—is it appropriate to do that on Sunday morning? How do we as a Church talk about the times when we don’t feel God’s goodness?

When things are good, is there need for hope? Texts about hope most often are at their most poignant when things around us seem to be at their worst.
This is the only Old Testament reference to tearing open the heavens.

1 Corinthians 1:3-9

Paul is being sneaky—his thanksgiving is actually an attempt to get the Corinthians to see their foolishness.

Borrowed from Homiletics Magazine: “Within the broader scope of the letter it becomes clear why Paul so carefully directs his thanksgiving both to and for God rather than the Corinthians: They have in fact failed to properly respond to the very things that God is doing among them. They have been enriched in Christ ‘in speech and knowledge of every kind’ (1:5), but they have instead used their speech and perceived knowledge to divide the community rather than to build it up (1:10-25; 14:1-40). They may not be ‘lacking in any spiritual gift’ (1:7), but they have not learned to exercise those gifts properly as means of love to God and to one another (chapters 12—13). Even if the Corinthians have yet to properly respond to what God is doing, ‘God is faithful’ and for that Paul is thankful.

In terms of waiting, the Corinthians have everything they need to wait well for the Return. So do we.

Mark 13:24-37

Mark 13 = “The Little Apocalypse”

Jesus’ warning is not something new. The “Day of the Lord” was already expected—unless God’s people had fallen asleep to this warning.

Paradoxically, we are told “wait” and “prepare” while at the same time we are told that “we have jobs to do.”

The same word gregoreite is used here as when Jesus tells the disciples to stay awake in the Garden before his arrest.

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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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