today marks the third sunday of advent.

“but the angel said to them, “do not be afraid. i bring you good news of great JOY that will be for all the people.”

advent (latin for “coming”) is the first season in the christian liturgical calendar, and takes place the four weeks prior to christmas. each week, a different theme is honored, in our symbolic preparation for the birth of Christ: hope, peace, joy and love. it is a time where we symbolically prepare for the arrival of baby Jesus. of course this translates into our faith today, as a time of reflection in preparing for the second coming of Christ while also remembering the day our gracious God sent his Son to give life.

as we get ready to talk about joy today at church, i am spending some time in the bible, asking God to show my community joy.

“stir up your power, o Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and forever. amen.”

the book of common prayer, p 212
“third sunday of advent”

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