Sermon by The Rev. Rob Gieselmann
“The North is the South”
Sunday, December 10, 2017
“Do you need Advent? Do you need a servant to bear your suffering? And if you don’t, then why are you in church, anyway? The people snaked their way in long lines down to the Jordan River to be baptized by John because they needed Advent. The air was dry, the people were dirty. And they hoped John’s bath would cleanse their dusty souls.” From The Rev. Robert Gieselmann’s sermon on Sunday, December 10, 2017.
The Gospel: Mark 1:1-8
The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
As it is written in the prophet Isaiah,
“See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,
who will prepare your way;
the voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight,’”
John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. He proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”