Sermon Introduction –
Rev. Dr. Gary Dickey provides us with this sermon message titled, “Look Busy!”
Introduction to our readings
November begins with All Saints Day and ends in or near Advent, when we anticipate Christ’s coming again. It is fitting, then that the readings today tell of the final resurrection and the end time. In the turmoil of hope, fear, and disbelief that these predictions provoke in us, Hebrews sounds a note of confident trust. Christ makes a way for us where there is no way, and we walk it confidently, our hearts and bodies washed in baptismal water, trusting the one who has promised. The more we see the last day approaching, the more important it is to meet together to provoke one another to love.
Reading: Daniel 12:1-3
Introduction: The book of Daniel is an example of apocalyptic literature, which is full of strong visions and symbolism. Arising during times of great persecution, apocalyptic literature is concerned with God’s revelation about the end time and the coming kingdom of God, when God will vindicate the righteous who have been persecuted.6 On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples
Reading: Mark 13:1-8
Introduction: In the last week of his life, Jesus warned his disciples concerning trials that were to come upon them and upon the world. He exhorts the listener: Do not be alarmed.