December 5: The Second Sunday of Advent

The Rev. Joseph Peters-Mathews is the vicar of St. Hilda St. Patrick Episcopal Church. This sermon was preached extemporaneously based on the notes below, as a response to Luke 3.1-6.

  • Grounding again in history –> Luke 2, birth
  • Baptism of repentance, transformation of hearts
  • Preparing for God’s arrival in history
  • Mostly quote from Isaiah about God bringing freedom quickly, like Interstate
  • God’s freedom comes quickly and prophets get us ready
  • Grace to heed warnings and forsake our sins
  • PC Culture / Woke Police
  • Need to call one another out and speak truth in love
  • Head their warnings, will make mistakes –> only way to learn!
  • Defensiveness or transformation of hearts –> repentance.
  • John preaches need for repenting
  • Feel overwhelmed, like we’ll never get it right –> Sin!
  • Don’t have to worry about that. Heed their warnings and forsake our sins.
  • Greet with joy the coming of Jesus –>all people seeing the salvation of God
  • God doesn’t abandon us. We have hope for this pandemic, hope for the world, and hope for ourselves –> in Jesus.
  • We’ll get it wrong. Repent and return. Amen.

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