I Believe in Advent

Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas. I love the carols, the decorations, the trees with their sparkling lights and shiny icicles. I love chocolates and candy canes and cookies and roast beef with Yorkshire pudding. I love presents, both giving them and getting them. Every year I hang up the stocking my grandmother made me when I was a … Read More

What “Twas the Night Before Christmas” Taught Me About Advent

  The Rev. John Drymon St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Batesville, Ark. December 2, 2011 Having spent three years reading for Holy Orders and living on Chelsea Square in New York City, I have a special place in my heart for Clement Henry Moore, one of General Theological Seminary’s founding faculty members and donor of the property on which the seminary … Read More

Being Ready

The Rev. Scott Trotter St. Stephen’s, Blytheville Year B, Advent 1 Isaiah 64:1-9; Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark 13:24-37 I hope you had a good Thanksgiving. We did. Actually we had two. Michelle and her boy-friend came Friday. We cooked, baked, laughed, ate, … cried as LSU defeated Arkansas, then ate some more. We did all this Friday, … Read More

Great Expectations

The Rev. Lisa Fry St. Mark’s, Little Rock Nov. 27, 2011 Year B, Advent 1 The church is an odd place. Have you noticed that? Just when the secular world is ramping up for a spectacular end to the year—beginning with Halloween, cruising through Thanksgiving and culminating with Christmas—the Church year has ended. Episcopalians begin each year with Advent. These … Read More

To Arrive Where We Started

Ben E. Helmer, Vicar St. James’ Episcopal Church Eureka Springs, Ark. Nov. 27, 2011 Advent 1 Every year in Advent the preacher is put in a tight corner: the preacher can use Advent as a time to rail against the evils of commercialism; or he can take the passage from Mark and use it to terrify everyone with apocalyptic fervor. … Read More

Yearning for the Promise

The Rev. Tom Baker St. Andrew’s, Mountain Home, Ark Nov. 27, 2011 First Sunday in Advent, Year B Mark 13:24-37 From generation to generation Israel experienced exile and occupation. The Egyptians, worshipers of Baal, the Romans all made the Jewish people feel as if they were in a long, cold, dark winter. They waited for the Messiah like one waits … Read More