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The Rev. Dr. Ted A. Smith Transcript

December 01, 2013

Later Days

The Rev. Dr. Ted A. Smith (PCUSA)

Advent rings true. Because we know what it means to dwell in lowly exile here, we can sing with integrity when we sing, 'O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.' Because we know war, and rumors of war, and the endless background noise of almost-war, we are ready to sing, 'dear desire of every nation, enter every trembling heart.' Because we are a people who live in deep darkness, we long to see a great light.
The Rev. Dr. Casey Baggott Transcript

December 23, 2012

Learning to Focus

The Rev. Dr. Casey Baggott (UCC)

In her sermon for the 4th Sunday of Advent, the Rev. Dr. Casey Baggott recounts Mary's response to God's messenger about her pregnancy: When Mary says her soul magnifies the Lord, maybe what she's saying is that the depth of who we are, our souls, can focus reality in certain ways--ways that have the capacity to shine on and affect those around us.
The Rev. Dr. Robert T. Baggott Transcript

December 16, 2012

Getting There

The Rev. Dr. Robert Baggott (UCC)

In his sermon for the 3rd Sunday of Advent, the Rev. Dr. Robert Baggott says John the Baptist was never shy about asking his listeners to do something great. He asked them to repent of all wrongdoing and live new lives clearly marked by generosity, integrity, and contentment. And why aspire to this greatness? Not for some personal ennoblement, but in order to be ready for the coming Messiah.
The Rev. Dr. John H. Westerhoff III Transcript

December 09, 2012

Live Prepared

The Rev. Dr. John Westerhoff, III (TEC)

In his sermon for the 2nd Sunday of Advent, noted theologian and author the Rev. Dr. John Westerhoff explores the meaning of John the Baptist's proclamation, "Repent!" and helps us prepare for Christ's coming.
The Rev. Dr. Bill Britt Transcript

December 02, 2012

Wake Up! Christmas Is Coming

The Rev. Dr. Bill Britt (UMC)

The Rev. Dr. Bill Britt kicks off a new church year with his powerful sermon for the First Sunday of Advent on Luke 21:25-36: Wake Up! Christmas Is Coming. Are you ready for the coming of Christ?
Bishop Kenneth Carter Transcript

December 18, 2011

Call and Response

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

On this final Sunday in Advent, the Rev. Dr. Ken Carter examines the important role that Mary, the mother of Jesus, plays in the story of our faith, and encourages us to listen for God's call to do extraordinary things.
Bishop Kenneth Carter Transcript

December 11, 2011

The Hand of God on the Shoulder of a Troubled World

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

For Advent 3, the Rev. Dr. Ken Carter shares a theme woven through the texts for today: the theme of joy in the good news of the coming of Jesus Christ.
The Rev. Dr. Russell J. Levenson, Jr. Transcript

December 04, 2011

Making Straight the Way

The Rev. Dr. Russell Levenson, Jr. (TEC)

As we continue in Advent, the Rev. Dr. Russell Levenson guides us through Mark's account of the coming of John the Baptist, and helps us wrestle with his call to repent.
The Rev. Daniel P. Matthews, Jr. Transcript

December 19, 2010

The Blind Leap

The Rev. Daniel Matthews, Jr. (TEC)

As we await the coming of Jesus Christ, the Rev. Dan Matthews takes a closer look at the story of Mary and Joseph in Matthew 1--and finds a simple, bold, obedient faith.
The Rev. Daniel P. Matthews, Jr. Transcript

December 12, 2010

What's the Plan?

The Rev. Daniel Matthews, Jr. (TEC)

As we continue in Advent, the Rev. Dan Matthews reveals that the signs that we, like John the Baptist, are looking for are often found at a very intimate level, and we must be alert for them.