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“Another Advent Journey Begins”
The First Sunday of Advent
Note: This is the whole service for December 2, 2018.
“Teach us your paths, O Lord, and lead us in your truth.” Every time the lectionary asks the church to read those words from today’s psalm, they call to mind a similar prayer from the poet, Mary Oliver, who spoke for many of us when she said, “Another morning, and I wake, with thirst, for the goodness I do not have; the poet’s longing, not unlike the psalmist’ prayer, “Teach us your paths, O Lord, and lead us in your truth”; the psalmist, like the poet, longing to take the next step on the long path to a deeper life with God.
Which is, also, our yearning and longing for each new day. But, never more so than on this day of new beginnings, when all of us, together, begin another Advent journey; all of us, with the psalmist, longing to travel farther along the path to a deeper life with God; hoping to get on, and stay on, the path to depth; praying to live all day, every day, a centered, grounded, mindful, thoughtful, prayerful, gentle life of unfailing kindness, courage and moral clarity; all of our words and actions, preparing the way, each new Advent day, for Jesus to be born again in all that we do and all that we say.