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.