We All Yearn

The Rev. Tom Baker St. Andrew’s, Mountain Home Nov. 27, 2011 Advent 1B Mark 13:24-37 From generation to generation Israel experienced exile and occupation. The Egyptians, the worshipers of Baal, and 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 for spring and … 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