The third Sunday of Advent is typically a celebration of Joy. This Sunday the pink candle is lit, partially leading to its name “Rose Sunday.” 1. It’s a rough fall for the world, and so I must admit writing a sermon this week seemed rather daunting. After some meditation on Scripture I managed to write something which captures the theme 2.

The point is, even in darkness, we are called to rejoice. Today I have a special reason to rejoice, Central Baptist is hosting a Carol Sing this afternoon to raise funds for our local food pantry. It’s a small thing, really, but the idea – from inception to implementation – has been entirely driven by lay-folk in the congregation. They planned, they organized, they put together the program and shared the message. I’m so far out of this loop I didn’t even know my wife was helping with the refreshments afterwards.

I did make some slides for the event, but that’s pretty much the extent of my involvement. And I love it. I am overjoyed when the folks at Central run ahead of me and then invite me forward so they can point out all the cool sights. At times like this I get to simply be part of the Body of Christ, which is a truly wonderful gift.

If you are in the Philly area, come join us at 3PM and help us rejoice while raising funds to give others joy as well.

Great Joy - welcome slide for the Carol Sing

  1. Technically speaking, it’s “Gaudete Sunday.” Gaudete being Latin for “rejoice.” 
  2. I hope, anyway. 

7 Thoughts

  1. I rejoice. Oh such love, perfect love for me,so imperfect. I can do nothing but explode with joy.

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  2. Almost a mirror image of what I planed for today, Wes–rejoicing even in (and perhaps, in spite of) the darkness that surrounds us. I found a phrase this week that set its hooks in me–“defiant hope” … hope that dares to keep hoping (and rejoicing…for me hope and joy walk hand in hand)) even in the face of that which would otherwise defy hope.

  3. That is a god phrase defiant hope. Yes that is what is what we all need when there seems there is very little or struggling hope. Thank you.

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