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Lectionary Planning

At this point in Advent, we’re in the first of two weeks of readings about the ministry and proclamation of John the Baptist. Today’s focus on John the Baptist is about getting ready for a major intervention by God, in real time, that will bring both judgment and deliverance at once. What God was about to do was both a cleansing and a massive reorientation of the “way things are” across the whole earth for which the only appropriate preparation was a repentance both signified and actualized in a ritual of baptism.


  • Malachi 3:1-4
  • Luke 1:68-79 (UMH 208)
  • Philippians 1:3-11
  • Luke 3:1-6
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