December 4, 2022: Advent-ure #2 — Have Hope!

Second Sunday of Advent


Scripture: Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 72:1-8

  • “Praise Ye the Lord of Hosts,” from Christmas Oratorio by Camille Saint-Saens; Pauline Olsen, organ
  • “Advent Processional (Come, O Rose),” by Daniel Greig; Trinity Singers
  • “Christ, Be Our Light,” by Bernadette Farrell; Trinity Singers
  • Candle Lighting: Responsive Litany; Barb and Neil Parse
  • Hymn 211: “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” 9th century Latin hymn
  • Hymn 2095: “Star-Child,” by Shirley Erena Murray
  • “Vignette,” By Tom Birchwood; Pauline Olsen, organ
  • “A Shoot Shall Come Forth,” by Richard Horn; Trinity Singers
  • Prayer for Illumination: Andy Pitts
  • Readings from Scripture: Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 72:1-8
  • Sermon: “Advent-ure #2 – Have Hope!” Pastor Desi Larson
  • Hymn 210: “Toda la Tierra (All Earth is Waiting),” by Alberto Taulè
  • Benediction Song 204: “Emmanuel, Emmanuel,” by Bob McGee
  • “The Light That Shines in Darkness,” by Gerald Peterson; Pauline Olsen, organ

Pastoral Prayer

Pastoral Prayer Adapted from World News This Week in Prayer, Thursday, December 1, 2022

Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist, Lodi, California.

Texts: Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 72:1-7, 18-1

With Children

Going on a Bear Hunt! by Michael Rosen, adapted to “Going on an Advent-ure, Going to find Jesus!”

Gospel Lesson: Matthew 3:1-12

Sermon Outline

December 4, 2022

2nd Sunday of Advent

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” (Helen Keller)

ADVENT = ADVENTURE “an exciting, unusual, and sometimes dangerous experience
a. the feeling that you want to have new and exciting experiences”

Origin and usage The word adventure comes from the Latin word ‘adventurus’ meaning ‘a thing about to happen’

ADVENT = WAITING AND HOPING- from Latin adventus “coming; arrival”, translating Greek parousia. In the New Testament, this is the term used for the Second Coming of Christ.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer (German Lutheran pastor, theologian and anti-Nazi) Preacher Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote:

A prison cell, in which one waits, hopes…and is completely dependent on the fact that the door of freedom has to be opened from the outside, is not a bad picture of Advent..”


The celebration of Advent is possible only to those who are troubled in soul, who know themselves to be poor and imperfect, and who look forward to something greater to come.


Tverberg, Lois, 2015, At Peace in Prison, En-Gediby

Bonhoeffer’s “warm, Christ-like spirit impressed his guards and greatly endeared him to them. As a result, they allowed him to visit the cells of other despairing prisoners to counsel them. He even ministered to the guards themselves! Because of their sympathy for him, the guards smuggled much of his writing out of prison, leaving a legacy for us today.”

 The powerful love of God love shone through him to others,

Kincaid, Elisabeth Rain, 2018. Bonhoeffer: Advent is Like a Prison Cell, Christianity Today Dec 11 2018