Lessons and Carols Second Sunday in Advent 11 AM Homily

SECOND SUNDAY IN ADVENT
Advent Lessons and Carols
Conclusion of Deacon Rick Erickson’s Call as Cantor
December 4, 2022: 11:00 a.m.
Malachi 3: 1-4; Philippians 1:3-11; Isaiah 35: 1-10; Saint Luke 3:1-6; Saint Luke 1:39-55

A homily is, by definition, brief; a homily before hearing the readings allow the preacher an opportunity to help each of us , not just to hear ancient texts, but to find ourselves in them and, more importantly, find Christ with us in them. That is what I hope to do.

These readings are, first and foremost, words of Promise, God’s Promise, and we must listen for God’s Promise, for Christ for us and all people, in each.

As I ponder these, I find three kinds of people, among whom we can find ourselves.

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Second Sunday in Advent 8:30 A.M. Sermon

SECOND SUNDAY IN ADVENT
December 4, 2022: 8:30 a.m.
Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 72: 1-7, 18-19; Saint Matthew 3:1-12

It’s all about the roots. That’s Isaiah, Matthew, and John the Baptizer’s nuanced corrective to our societal and churchly obsession with “the fruits;” most recently exemplified by our ongoing 2023 stewardship program: Deeply rooted. Joyfully revived. Faithfully bearing fruit. Our emphasis has been on the fruits – our time, talent, and treasure, the tangible results of our faith and tangible “proof” that we are faithfully living. Today, however, Isaiah, Matthew and John the Baptizer forcefully remind us: it’s all about the roots.

A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse,” Isaiah proclaims, “and a branch shall grow out of his roots.”

Matthew’s John the Baptizer, puts this a bit more harshly: ”Even now the ax is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”

Each make it clear: It’s all about the roots. Good roots, good fruit.

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Worship This Weekend: December 3-4

Worship at Christ the King
Rice Village Campus
2353 Rice Blvd. Houston, TX 77005

Saturday at 6:00 p.m.
Contemplative Worship

Second Sunday of Advent
Lessons and Carols at Christ the King Rice Village Campus

We light the second candle of Advent on Sunday, December 4 at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. 

Sunday at 8:30 a.m.
Brief Order of Holy Communion

Sunday at 11:00 a.m.
Holy Communion
in-person and livestreamed

You may view archived worship services and more via Facebook or YouTube.

11a.m. Worship Bulletin | Taking Faith Home December 4

Worship at Christ the King
West Campus
12211 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77024

Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
Holy Communion

Christ the King Lutheran Church thanks you for your generous financial support. Offerings may be mailed to the church office, 2353 Rice Blvd, Houston, TX 77005, or online.

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Advent and Christmas Schedule 2022

UPCOMING ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE
Rice Village Campus 

 Wednesday, December 7
6:30 pm Advent Vespers (Livestream link)

Saturday, December 10
3:00 pm Bach Society’s Christmas Oratorio (at Rice University)
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6:00 pm Contemplative Worship 

THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT December 11
8:30 am Brief Order of Holy Communion
9:30 am Faith Formation (Sunday Forum Zoom Link)
11:00 am Holy Communion: La Virgen de Guadalupe
12:30 pm Annual Meeting, Part 1 

Wednesday, December 14
6:30 pm Advent Vespers

Sat-Sun, Dec. 17-18
9:00 am-6:00 pm Creche Festival

Saturday, December 17

6:00 pm Caroling, Brass & Bonfire 

FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT December 18
8:30 am Brief Order of Holy Communion
9:30 am Faith Formation: Las Posadas & Waffle Cafe
11:00 am Holy Communion 

 Wednesday, December 21
6:30 pm The Longest Night Service  

CHRISTMAS EVE December 24
4:00 pm Weihnachtsmesse, German worship
6:00 pm Festive Holy Communion
8:00 pm Misa de la Navidad, Spanish worship
10:00 pm Festive Holy Communion (with incense) 

CHRISTMAS DAY December 25
11:00 am Holy Communion with Christmas Carols  

NAME OF JESUS January 1
11:00 am Holy Communion
6:00 pm New Year’s Day Organ Concert 

 Saturday, January 7
6:00 pm Contemplative Epiphany Worship 

EPIPHANY AND BAPTISM OF OUR LORD January 8
8:30 am Brief Order of Communion
9:30 am Faith Formation (Sunday Forum Zoom Link)
11:00 am Holy Communion: Blessing of the Nave

 

WEST VILLAGE CAMPUS

10:30 am December 4, 18
Holy Communion (11th at Rice Campus)

4:00 pm December 24
Christmas Eve Festive Worship

10:30 am December 25
Christmas Day Holy Communion

Ways to spiritually stay awake and expectant during the Advent season:

  • Now in Flesh Appearing…: An Illustrated DevotionalThis Advent Devotional explores how the Advent story is about God taking on a physical body like ours. As you wait with anticipation and prepare for baby Jesus to be born this Advent season, we invite you to discover the awesomeness of incarnation and what it means for God to move, act, and live with us. We hope this Advent devotional will help you share in conversation about how God came to be human and live among us.
  • Taking Faith Home (Week 3)Nurture your faith with weekly devotions containing a variety of faith-building activities, allowing you to pick and choose what is most beneficial to you and your family and friends.