You Brood of Vipers

First Lutheran Church of the Trinity
Sunday, December 8
2nd Sunday in Advent

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At the heart of our Advent preparation stands John the Baptist, who calls us to repent and make a new beginning. As the darkness increases we turn toward the approaching light of Christ. For Christians he is the root of Jesse, the righteous judge who welcomes all, especially the poor and meek of the earth. We wait with hope for that day when the wolf will dwell with the lamb, and there will be no more hurt or destruction. From the Lord’s table we are sent in the spirit of John the Baptist to proclaim that in Christ the kingdom of God has come near.

Readings and Psalm
Isaiah 11:1-10
From David’s line, a ruler bringing justice and peace
Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19
May the righteous flourish; let there be an abundance of peace. (Ps. 72:7)
Romans 15:4-13
Live in harmony, welcoming one another
Matthew 3:1-12
A voice cries: Prepare the way of the Lord