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The Rev. Dr. Ted A. Smith

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Isaiah 2:1-5

1st Sunday of Advent - Year A

December 01, 2013

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 know how to long to see a great light.  Advent is a season of anticipating the coming of Christ.  It is a season that gives voice to our yearning.  And because we yearn, we can live into the season.  Advent just rings true.

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The Rev. Dr. James B. Lemler

Come and Get It

John 6:4-15

Third Sunday in Lent - Year A

March 26, 2006

The Rev. Dr. James B. Lemler (TEC)

"Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted."

Wow! What a miracle! Imagine it: 5,000 unexpected supper guests. As the story begins, Jesus and his disciples are totally unprepared for such a hoard of hungry mouths, and there they are with no "order out" restaurants nearby. It almost seems that Jesus enjoys the growing anxiety among his disciples. "So, Philip, where are we going to buy food for this crowd anyway?" he queries. "You've got to be kidding... Have you looked at our organizational balance sheet lately?" is the worried response he gets. The question not uttered but undoubtedly equally felt by Philip, "How in the world do we handle such a ravenous mob?"

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