Before The Bell Rings

John the Baptizer appeared ... proclaiming a baptism of repentance

Mark 1:4
Mark 1:1-8

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Second Sunday of Advent,

Sermon Topic


A close friend of Leopold Stokowski, the famous orchestra conductor, has written that Stokowski often said to him, “Don’t ask me about what was, but what is to come!” This was typical of Stokowski’s attitude and approach to life. “Shortly before he died,” the friend wrote, “he had signed a contract with Columbia Records to make four records a year until 1982-when he would have been exactly 100.”

“Don’t ask me about what was, but what is to come.” St. Peter told the early Christians that the whole of their lives must be directed toward the future, toward the coming again of Christ. This is what the Advent Season and the fullness of the Christian life is about. Not only are we to be earnestly willing and praying for the end, says Peter, but also we are to work in order “to hasten it on!” In short, the Community of Christ has no other rationale, no other reason for being, than to be an…

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