Advent 2 Yr B—

Isaiah 40:1-11

A voice cries out: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. . . .”

From “When John told people that they needed to prepare for the coming of Jesus, he wasn’t talking about a clean house. He was talking about a clean heart. ”

image “St John the Baptist” by Carravaggio

Scripture: December 10, 2017—Second Sunday of Advent—Isaiah 40:1–11; 2 Peter 3:8–15a; Psalm 85:1–2, 8–13; Mark 1:1–8

Collect: Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Reflection: The prophet Isaiah announces good news: God comforts and strengthens a wearied and exiled people in preparation for their homeward journey. Mark’s Gospel announces the good news of God in Jesus Christ: God comes to turn the world right side up and baptize us with the Holy Spirit. As we prepare to celebrate the birth of the Messiah, what is the beginning of God’s good news in your life, and how will it change the way you approach this season of expectation and hope?

Sunday School 9:15 am—Have you claimed your place yet?

Eye Candy: “In the wilderness prepare the way” by Jan Richardson; “John the Baptist“, teak wood relief door panel carved by Cornelius Manguma; “The Preaching of John the Baptist” by Pieter Breugel the Elder

Ear Worm: “Jesusfreak” by DC Talk; “Prepare the way of the Lord” from Godspell; “Prepare the way of the Lord” by Barbara Furman and Darian Krimm

Brain Food: Cartoon from; “Wilderness God” by Janice Scott; “A way in the wilderness”, self-guided retreat from edge of the enclosure weblog

Movies/Videos: “Jesus” (1999), cousins sitting around the campfire; “Phantom Menace” (1999); “Gladiator” (2000), bringing out the best and worse

 Study guide, group activity

: young elementary: activity, craft; bulletin games;
older elementary:  activity; bulletin games

  Video for “Does God still create stuff today?”, Chapter 9

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