Advent, Youtube, Chant, Music, Video, Creator of the Stars of Night

Creator of the Stars of Night

Creator of the Stars of Night is an Advent chant with words from the 9th century. The music, Conditor lame siderum, is plainsong chant, mode 4. This rendition is by two choir members of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, Uvalde. Creator of the stars of night, your people’s everlasting light, O Christ, Redeemer of us all, we pray you hear us when we call. In sorrow that the ancient … Continue reading Creator of the Stars of Night

John the Baptist, Sermon, Advent 3B, John 1:6-8 19-28, Isaiah 61:1-4 8-11, Presence,

The One Among Us – A Sermon On John 1:6-8, 19-28 for Advent 3B

Maybe the greatest barrier to seeing the divine presence among us is that we already have an idea or image of who that one is or should be and what that one should look like and do. In other words, we think we know and we stick with what we think we know. We can’t see the one because he or she does not meet our expectations or fit our categories of who he or she can be. Sometimes, we don’t see the one among us because he or she stands outside the box of our beliefs. And more often than not we see and hear in such a way that it only confirms what we already believe. Continue reading The One Among Us – A Sermon On John 1:6-8, 19-28 for Advent 3B

Advent 2B, Wilderness, Repentance, John the Baptist, Displaced and Placed, Sermon, Mark1:1-8, Isaiah 40:1-11,

Comfort For The Displaced – A Sermon on Mark 1:1-8 for Advent 2B

In what ways are you living as a displaced person? What parts of your life feel uprooted and disconnected? What is your displacement? 

“Comfort, O comfort my people,” are God’s words to displaced people. Isaiah first spoke those words to people exiled in Babylon, people whose lives had been uprooted. Those same words come to the displaced people of God today. In some way the prophetic word is always directed to displaced people. And we long to hear those words of comfort. We want to find our place. More than anything displaced people want to be a placed people.  Continue reading Comfort For The Displaced – A Sermon on Mark 1:1-8 for Advent 2B

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Advent Hope – Fr. Daniel Berrigan

“It is not true that creation and the human family are doomed to destruction and loss— This is true: For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. It is not true that we must accept inhumanity and discrimination, hunger and poverty, death and destruction— This is true: I … Continue reading Advent Hope – Fr. Daniel Berrigan

Advent 1B, Mark 13:24-37, Isaiah 64:1-9, Sermon, Presence, Watchfulness, Apocalypse

“I just needed to be reminded.” – A Sermon on Mark 13:24-37 for Advent 1B

“We didn’t do it that way when we were kids.” “This isn’t the America I remember. It’s not like it used to be.” “The world is a different place these days. It’s changed.” “This isn’t the church I grew up in. I don’t know what happened to that church.” “Back in my day….” “This isn’t the life I planned and worked for.” You could add your own version. There’s a thousand variations on this theme. They all seem to me to have a common thread or question running through them. Here’s the question: What is going on in our world today? What’s happening? Continue reading “I just needed to be reminded.” – A Sermon on Mark 13:24-37 for Advent 1B

Beauty, Wilderness, Desert, Sermon, Advent 2A, Matthew 3:1-12, John the Baptist, Repent, Repentance, Kingdom of Heaven

Beauty, Hope, and Repentance – A Sermon on Matthew 3:1-12, Advent 2A

Matthew 3:1-12, Advent 2A If last week’s gospel (Matthew 24:36-44) called us to wake up and be watchful of the worlds within us and around us, then this week’s gospel (Matthew 3:1-12) calls us to respond. “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” What does that mean for you? What is John the Baptist asking of us? What has been your experience of repentance? … Continue reading Beauty, Hope, and Repentance – A Sermon on Matthew 3:1-12, Advent 2A

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Entering Advent in Hope: An Advent Credo by Daniel Berrigan, SJ

“It is not true that creation and the human family are doomed to destruction and loss— This is true: For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. It is not true that we must accept inhumanity and discrimination, hunger and poverty, death and destruction— This is true: I … Continue reading Entering Advent in Hope: An Advent Credo by Daniel Berrigan, SJ

Advent, Preaching, Sermon, Gospel According to Matthew, Matthew 1:18-25, Matthew 3:1-12, Matthew 11:2-11, Matthew 24:36-44

Advent Preaching in Year A, The Gospel According to Matthew

Below are links to my previous sermons for Advent, Year A, the gospel according to St. Matthew: Advent 1A, Matthew 24:36-44 + 2016: Advent in America: Politics and Baptism. Advent 2A, Matthew 3:1-12 + 2016, Beauty, Hope, and Repentance.  + 2013, Too Content to Repent? + 2010, Who Cares? Advent 3A, Matthew 2:11-21 + 2013, Expectations, Prisons, and Jailbreaks. + 2010, Recognizing the One Who is to Come. Advent 4A, … Continue reading Advent Preaching in Year A, The Gospel According to Matthew