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Hope Comes: Advent III

Ninth Bishop of Texas

Release Date: 12/20/2019

Our Work is a Body of Art show art Our Work is a Body of Art

Ninth Bishop of Texas

The church is not the sum of the people who call themselves Christian. The church is the sum of people who do these things:

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"Follow" is More of a Command

Ninth Bishop of Texas

God as christ Jesus literally enters the world and commands the fishermen to follow.

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God Intervenes in a Retreating World show art God Intervenes in a Retreating World

Ninth Bishop of Texas

It's a radical notion in a world of unreality, with all manner of worldly opportunities to withdraw from each other:

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Listen to Hannah's Song show art Listen to Hannah's Song

Ninth Bishop of Texas

There can be no socio-religious indifference, no Christian solitary life, in a community that sings Hannah’s song.

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God Chooses - Just Like That show art God Chooses - Just Like That

Ninth Bishop of Texas

The Holy Spirit comes down then, on everybody. Peter’s friends are so astonished - what does all this mean? They come to understand. God’s Spirit falls upon whoever God’s Spirit wishes to fall upon. God loves even “these” people. Even “these” people. Just like that.

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Hope Comes: Advent III show art Hope Comes: Advent III

Ninth Bishop of Texas

The Christ-child breaks in. Hope breaks in.

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The Invisible Visible God show art The Invisible Visible God

Ninth Bishop of Texas

See with different eyes God, the world, and the people around us. The higher work, the profound work, is for us as Christians to see the hidden and invisible workers who gather around us every day, without us knowing names or faces. Just as God does.

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Being in the World: Advent I show art Being in the World: Advent I

Ninth Bishop of Texas

God in Christ Jesus comes to us in the physical world of our everyday lives; God comes to us in the person of others in the human fabric of life. 

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A God of the Living for the Living show art A God of the Living for the Living

Ninth Bishop of Texas

Jesus has been undermining religious codes, undermining religious practices. When those men he's made uncomfortable ask him a "gotcha" question about the Law, how does he answer?

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Love Your Enemies by Christian Tabling show art Love Your Enemies by Christian Tabling

Ninth Bishop of Texas

A sermon on the Beatitudes: how can we love our enemies as Jesus teaches us? It starts with a table.

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The Christ-child breaks in. Hope breaks in.

For even those who have their wages stolen, their dignity taken away, their lights and heat turned off, the evicted, the homeless, the poor, the rejected, the tormented - hope comes. Hope will come.

It is our presence as Christians in the lives of others that is the present-day icon of Christ’s love in the world.  Today when we sit around hearth and home around our own common tables, or as we gather in warm churches and sing, or as we serve the poor, give blankets, sit with the sick and the dying, as we visit the lonely, or when we calm the fear of the anxious or reassure the depressed of God’s love for them and our love for them, when we give to those who cannot repay, those with no recompense - we are the hope that comes.

In fact, in serving, in making humanity our business, we find that they, those to whom we are sent, those to whom we go - that they represent Christ to us.

The season is the opportunity to enact the community that God imagines.