I entered parish ministry with a fair amount of idealism, particularly liturgical idealism. Inconveniently, the liturgical proclivities I picked up in seminary were not especially popular with my first congregation. This became clear as a sleigh bell during our first Advent season together.
Advent | First Sunday of Advent (Year B)
Isaiah 64:1-9 (Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19); 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark 13:24-37