The Scripture Readings this week are:
- From the Jewish Scriptures: Malachi 3:1-4
- Responsive Reading: Luke 1:68-79 (VU p.900)
- From the Gospel: Luke 3:1-18
The Hymns this week are
- Advent Hope (insert)
- 9 People Look East
- 18 There's a Voice in the Wilderness Crying
- 27 Tomorrow Christ is Coming
The Sermon title is Priorities Refined
Early Thoughts: What are our priorities? What would they be if we embraced God's priorities? DO we need to change them?
One of the magazine ads that came out as part of the Emerging Spirit campaign was a picture of a baby with a hospital bracelet on its wrist. THe bracelet reads:
WARNING: some re-assembly of priorities and beliefs may be requiredOf course the ad works because it rings true. Many people find that different things seem more important after a big change in their lives (and it occurs to me that having a child is a big change).
On our journey to Christmas we hear from two people who call the people around them to re-think and re-adjust their priorities. AS we prepare for GOd to once again break in to our world and do a new thing we need to hear the words of the prophets (ancient and modern) again.
Malachi and John both point out that the way things are happening right now are not the way they should be happening. They speak of the need to be refined. They talk about God pushing to have our priorities reset.
And so now the question we need to ask ourselves is: "Are we willing to examine and re-evaluate our priorities in life?". Are we willing to do that honestly? ARe we willing to be refined and winnowed (to use words from our Scripture readings)? Will this birth which we currently await lead us to put different things at the top of the pile?