December
3
2017

Advent I Year B

First Reading: Isaiah 64:1-9a

O that you would tear open the heavens and come down, so that the mountains would quake at your presence--

as when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes water to boil-- to make your name known to your adversaries,

so that the nations might tremble at your presence!  When you did awesome deeds that we did not expect, you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence. From ages past no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who works for those who wait for him.  You meet those who gladly do right,

those who remember you in your ways.  But you were angry, and we sinned; because you hid yourself we transgressed. We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy cloth.  We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. There is no one who calls on your name, or attempts to take hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us,  and have delivered us into the hand of our iniquity. Yet, O LORD, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand. Do not be exceedingly angry, O LORD, and do not remember iniquity forever.

 

1.  What relationship does a potter have to clay and vice versa?

 

 

Psalm 80:1-7 Page 702, BCP

Qui regis Israel

 

1

    Hear, O Shepherd of Israel, leading Joseph like a flock; *

    shine forth, you that are enthroned upon the cherubim.

2

    In the presence of Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh, *

    stir up your strength and come to help us.

3

    Restore us, O God of hosts; *

    show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.

4

    O LORD God of hosts, *

    how long will you be angered

    despite the prayers of your people?

5

    You have fed them with the bread of tears; *

    you have given them bowls of tears to drink.

6

    You have made us the derision of our neighbors, *

    and our enemies laugh us to scorn.

7

    Restore us, O God of hosts; *

    show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.

 

1. How does God restore each of us?

 

 

 

 

 

Epistle Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:1-9

Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes, To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, together with all those who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours:  Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind-- just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you-- so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

1.  What kind of greeting is this and what might be the purpose of the various phrases?

 

 

The Gospel: Mark 13:33-37

Jesus said to his disciples, Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come. It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his slaves in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to be on the watch. Therefore, keep awake-- for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn, or else he may find you asleep when he comes suddenly. And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake."

 

1.  What are some things that seem designed to put us to sleep when we are told to keep awake?

 

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