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First Sunday of Advent — Rev. Karen Barfield

Jeremiah 33:14-16
Psalm 25:1-9
Luke 21:25-36

In the name of the one, holy and living God:
who enlightens our darkness
and offers us the hope of eternal life. Amen.

Today is the first day of Advent,
a season of waiting,
a season of preparation…
for birth
and re-birth.

Advent comes to us as a pinhole of light in the midst of darkness,
beginning with the lighting of a single candle on the Advent wreath.

“In those days” are the scriptural bookends of this Season.

“In those days” begins the Gospel of Luke on Christmas Eve, pointing us back to a specific day and time in history…. “In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered” (Luke 2:1).

On a specific day and time in our past,
God became human…
Jesus was born.

But, on this first Sunday of Advent, Jeremiah turns his vision not backwards toward a specific day and time but points ahead toward a future time, “In those days and at that time….”

“In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David;
and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.” (Jer 33:15)

Jeremiah speaks to an exiled and crushed people, offering them hope for their future. Continue reading