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This week at Riverbend United
This second Sunday in Advent has us hearing from John the Baptist, the wild man who proclaims that Jesus will baptize us with fire. It’s a strong passage and one that doesn’t leave much space for a watered down faith: “One who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and will gather his wheat into the granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”
Good heavens! What are we to do with this? It doesn’t seem very “Christmassy” does it? What is this “winnowing fork” and what is the wheat and what is the chaff? And what does it have to do with our holiday preparations or shoveling snow or getting stuck in an airport all day? And why is this harsh passage always the lectionary reading for the second Sunday in Advent?
I don’t have answers to these questions. But I look forward to exploring them with you on Sunday. I think it might have something to do with how the birth of the Christ brings us face to face with the purpose for our lives. I hope you can come on Sunday and we’ll try to unwrap this a little bit, like a gift under the tree. In the meantime, you can read the whole passage here.
Young Families Advent Gathering – This Sunday December 8 at 11:45 a.m.
Healing Service – Thursday, December 12 at 7:00 p.m.
Holiday Carol Sing – Saturday, December 14 at 4:00 p.m.
This Week’s Announcements: December 2019 Announcements
The 2019 Photo Directories have arrived. Please pick up yours at the table in the Narthex either before or after this Sunday’s service.
The pre-printed envelopes for your 2020 donations have also arrived and are available in the Narthex.
If you’ve pre-ordered the 2020 Disciplines book, it is available for pick-up in the office.