Lessons and Carols Second Sunday in Advent 11 AM Homily

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

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

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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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Invitation to Advent Sermon

Invitation to Advent. Series A. 11.27.2022. Rev. Rodriguez 1

Stir up your power, O Lord, and come. Protect us by your strength and save Us from the threatening dangers of our sins, for you live and reign with the Father, and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

With this ancient collect of our tradition, I welcome you to the season of anticipation. The kind of anticipation one has after hearing that your beloved daughter, wife, mother or relative is in labor. When shall the child be born? About that day and hour, the only thing we know is that we do not know. Advent grants us the opportunity to internalize a kind of vigilance we have when protecting our homes, apartments or person from those who would wish us or do us harm. Yet, the Advent we intend to keep sets our hearts and minds to receive God’s perfect reign on earth. To this end, I too urge you to keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. Unexpected and mysterious is the arrival of God’s reign in our hearts.

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