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The First Sunday of Advent, 29 November 2020

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  The First Sunday of Advent, 29 November 2020   Isaiah 64:1-9 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 Mark 13:24-37 Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18   The Collect   Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.     Background: The Eschaton   The understanding of the Eschaton in the Hebrew Scriptures is rooted in the idea that YHWH created this world and cosmos and continues to intervene in these worlds and realities throughout history. The History of Salvation that begins in the Hebrew Scriptures is a telling of the Eschaton that God directs and instructs. There are two aspects to this intervention: judgment and salvation. Each are

The Feast of Christ the King, Proper 29, 22 November 2020

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  The Feast of Christ the King, Proper 29, 22 November 2020   Track 1 or Track 2 Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24 Psalm 100 Ephesians 1:15-23 Matthew 25:31-46   Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24 Psalm 95:1-7a Ephesians 1:15-23 Matthew 25:31-46   The Collect   Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in your well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under his most gracious rule; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.     Background: The Feast of Christ the King   The celebration of this feast day is relatively new to the liturgical calendars of the Roman, Anglican, and Lutheran Churches. It was instituted by Pope Pius XI in 1925 as a response to the horrors of the First World War and increasing secularism and nationalism. Originally, in the Roman Calendar the day was celebrated on the last Sunday in October. In