A postcard from the Second Sunday of Advent 12/05/21

Advent Wreath, St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Roanoke, AL

Advent is a season that challenges us to walk in the way of peace.

This week instead of a Psalm, we got to pray the Song of Zechariah (Benedictus). [Lk. 1:68-79] Zechariah and Elizabeth are the parents of John the Baptist, and their becoming parents in their old age reminds us of the patriarchs and matriarchs of the Hebrew Bible. Zechariah’s name means “God remembers.”

Zechariah’s song praises God for God’s promises and mercy. The song praises God for John who will give God’s people knowledge of salvation. It is through this salvation that God will guide our feet into the way of peace. A lot of times I think of peace as a state of mind or of heart, but Zechariah’s song says peace starts with moving our feet.

In the busyness of the holiday season happening around us, how is God guiding your feet in the way of peace? Where is God inviting you to go?

A sermon from St. Barnabas in Roanoke:

Principal text: Luke 3:1-6

Audio only available here

Coming next

We will continue our look at John the Baptist and his message for a waiting people!

  • Dec. 12 – Messiah, Heflin – 3rd Sunday of Advent
  • Dec. 19 – Messiah, Heflin – 4th Sunday of Advent
  • Dec. 24 – St. Barnabas, Roanoke, & Messiah, Heflin – Christmas Eve
  • Dec. 26 – St. Paul’s, Greensboro – 1st Sunday after Christmas

Published by akhudlow

I am a priest in the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Alabama. I am a church nerd, printmaker, storyteller, and blogger.

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