First Sunday in Advent
For the 11:00 a.m. service on Sunday, The Rev. Dr. G. Malcolm Sinclair is calling his sermon “Be Careful What You Wish For.” “Is there is wishing-well somewhere in everybody’s life? In this season of Advent, the faithful wish as they wait. What do we really want to happen, and what would be the cost? To pray for the intervention of God might be to release the wild transformation of the worlds. Be careful!”
For the prelude, Dr. Patricia Wright will play settings of Sleepers, Wake and Redeemer of the Nations, Come by both Paul Manz and Johann Sebastian Bach, and a setting of O Come, O Come Emmanuel by Paul Manz. The postlude will be Redeemer of the Nations, Come by Johann Sebastian Bach. The Metropolitan Choir will sing the plainsong version of Redeemer of the Nations, Come and O Come Emmanuel as the Introit and Rorate (Pour Down, O Heavens) by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina. The final piece in the carillon prelude played by Roy Lee will be “Sleepers, Wake!” (Wachet auf) from Cantata BWV 140 by J.S. Bach, arranged for carillon by Scott A. Orr.
The Bible readings are Isaiah 64:1-9 (from a communal psalm of lament), 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 (salutation), and Mark 13:24-37 (the coming of the Son of Man, the lesson of the fig tree, and the necessity for watchfulness).