December 10, 2023

B02: The Second Sunday of Advent, Year B (2023)

Ginger Gaines-Cirelli

Rev. Ginger E. Gaines-Cirelli, Pastor of Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington, DC, preaches a sermon called “The Beginning of the Good News” from Mark 1:1-8. She says, “The beginning of the gospel according to Mark begins with a fragment, a sentence with no ending. I guess I’d always known that, but it struck me in a peculiar way this year…Steven Tyler came to the rescue, reminding me that maybe this sentence fragment is simply the way stories begin, a signal of a new chapter in the human story. And what a gift to receive a new chapter that begins with the promise of good news!” However, this promise in the gospel of Mark begins in the wilderness, “in places of struggle and uncertainty.” Listen as Gaines-Cirelli implores us to “get in the water with John” to clean ourselves up and prepare ourselves for Christ.

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