A Sermon for the Second Sunday of Advent

The Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest
Abilene, Texas
Sunday, December 4, 2016

The Second Sunday of Advent + Year A
First Lesson: Isaiah 11:1-10
Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19
Second Lesson: Romans 15:4-13
Gospel: Matthew 3:1-12

✠ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

baptistI love the season of Advent.

One of the things that I love most about this particular season is that we get to sing so many beautiful Advent hymns each week. The hymns of Advent have a lot to teach us about the importance of the season and why we spend four weeks preparing for the birth of our Savior and anticipating his return.

The popular Advent hymn, “O come, O come, Emmanuel,” for example, speaks to the expectancy of the one who will come to dwell with us, the one who is “God with us.” Continue reading