Grace: It's Our Way of Life

As Episcopal Christians we
Worship at home daily and together weekly;
Study the Scriptures, our tradition, and what it means to be a disciple today;
Serve our families, our parish, and our world in the name of Christ.

Everything we do is done with an ethic of Welcome
because we are only here by Grace.

01 December 2013

Sermon, Advent I, Year A, 1 December 2013 What Jesus Coming Back Means And The Baptism Of B. Plum

Sermon on believing in the Second Coming of Jesus, an often confused and neglected doctrine, but an important one to understand our faith and our work.  We believe that Christ will come again to judge the world and bring about justice and peace, but we often forget the peace with the justice and imagine a day of violence and fear, rather than a day to be longed for.  It is equally important to hold on to who is coming, the Prince of Peace!  When we hold a strong horizon, we can set our course well, for us and for the children who are being born and born again in Grace. 

This was the service of baptism for Beatrice Plum!  What a grand day and a wonderful way to begin Advent!

Isaiah 2:1-5
Romans 13:11-14
Matthew 24:36-44
Psalm 122

The Collect
Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.