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Think! There's No Time To Lose

Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand
Matthew 3:1-12

Sermon Topic Repentance

Sermon Week Second Sunday of Advent Cycle A

Scripture Summary Matthew 3:2


We're in the Season of Advent and the message is: "Repent and sin no more." Each year at this time, a popular preacher of the twenties and thirties trotted out his favorite "Advent joke":

A house painter was widely suspected of cheating his customers by diluting his paint. In spite of his reputation, he managed to get a job painting a Church steeple. True to form, he began painting the steeple with watered down paint. But, as he was just about finished with the job, a sudden heavy rainstorm washed away his work. And he heard a voice from above saying, "REPAINT AND THIN NO MORE!"

Having tortured his congregation with that groaner, that same old preacher would then trot out his favorite Advent story:

A woman boarded a train for the first time in her life. She walked up and down the aisle several times, trying to decide which of the many empty seats to occupy. After finally selecting one, she fussed over her baggage until she was satisfied that it was placed exactly right in the rack overhead. She began fumbling with the window to be sure that exactly the right amount of air would flow in. She pulled the window shade up and down until she was satisfied that the light was exactly right. She tinkered with the linen cloth on the head-rest until it was positioned exactly in the middle of the seat. Finally, after taking off her hat and agonizing over the exact spot to place it so that it wouldn't get crushed, the conductor announced that the train was pulling into her destination. And as she got off the train, she said to herself, "If I had know the trip was so short, I wouldn't have spent the whole time fussing over such trivial details."

A simple story, but a good one for today because it neatly sums up the Advent Message. "Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand," says John the Baptist in today's Gospel Lesson. John was telling his followers to turn their lives around, to stop fussing over trivial [...]

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