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The Rev. Dr. Casey Baggott

Learning to Focus

Luke 1:46-55

4th Sunday of Advent - Year C

December 23, 2012

The Rev. Dr. Casey Baggott (UCC)

There are experts in nearly every field of human endeavor.  There are expert wine tasters, expert roof repairers, expert balloonists, expert heart surgeons, expert fly fishermen.  And I would gladly take the advice of these folks, should I find myself in need of it.  So when I was given advice some time ago that was said to come from an expert in a field I had never heard of, it gave me pause.  I hadn't known about the need for this expertise, but here it is.  An expert stringer of pearls is said to offer this advice: "Pearls should be restrung once a year, and if you wear them a lot, twice a year."  That's good advice, I guess, though I don't happen to have pearls valuable enough to worry about restringing.

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Bishop Kenneth Carter

Call and Response

Luke 1:26-38,47-55

4th Sunday in Advent - Year B

December 18, 2011

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

These two passages from Luke's gospel, held together, provide a way of seeing the world of Mary, the reality of Christmas, the potential for our own spiritual lives.  The first verses, 26-38, are traditionally known as the Annunciation; the second portion of scripture is known as the Magnificat.  The first is the call of God.  The second is the human response.

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The Rev. Dr. Fred R. Anderson (PCUSA)

The Rev. Dr. Fred R. Anderson is pastor of Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City.