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  • Rejoice! I Say Rejoice!

    Contributed by The Rev Deniray Mueller on Feb 12, 2024

    On this third Sunday of Advent (Gaudete Sunday), we change from penitence to rejoicing for what is to come.

    John 1:6-8, 19-28 The shortest and darkest day and longest night of the year – the Winter Solstice – occurs this week. It is the onset of the winter season when the sun is the furthest from Earth and is often a time of darkness, doubt, and fear. And yet, Sunday is Gaudete Sunday - a beloved day more

  • 3rd Sunday Of Advent, Year C. Series

    Contributed by Christopher Holdsworth on Nov 11, 2021
    based on 3 ratings

    December 12th, 2021. Gaudete Sunday.

    Zephaniah 3:14-20, Isaiah 12:2-6, Philippians 4:4-7, Luke 3:7-18. A). A CALL TO REJOICE. Zephaniah 3:14-20. Eight out of the nine oracles in the little book of Zephaniah announce God’s just judgment of all the earth (Zephaniah 1:2-3; Zephaniah 3:8); and the just judgment of the LORD their more

  • Advent3c- Gaudete Sunday Series

    Contributed by Paul Andrew on Nov 7, 2018

    ‘Tis the season to nurture a joyful spirit.

    It’s Gaudete Sunday, ‘Tis the season to nurture a joyful spirit. To illustrate, writer Gordon McDonald tells about a Nigerian woman who is a physician at a great teaching hospital in the United States. This distinguished woman came out of the crowd to say something kind about the lecture McDonald more

  • Third Sunday Of Advent, Year A: Gaudete Sunday--John The Baptist: Danger And Beauty Of The Barren Places

    Contributed by Paul Andrew on Nov 2, 2022

    It is just these types of lonely, painful moments that Jesus wants to redeem. John the Baptist got ministered to in prison by Jesus. He answered John’s question and complimented him to others.

    A bedraggled little man once walked the streets of an Italian town 100 years ago. Many of the townspeople saw his pallid face, often tearful, as he stumbled along the cobblestone streets and narrow alleys. One day a kind soul, witnessing the man’s misery, came up to him, hoping to lift his sad more

  • Advent Spiritual Joy, Even Ecstasy: Gaudete Sunday

    Contributed by Paul Andrew on Dec 12, 2017

    St. Augustine used a famous expression--the "joy of truth," gaudium de veritate. 

    Advent 3B A professor was asked by one of his students, “What is the meaning of life?" The usual laughter followed, but the professor said "I will answer your question." Taking his wallet out of his hip pocket, he fished around in a leather wallet and brought out a very small round mirror, more

  • Gaudete Sunday: The Third Sunday Of Advent--J.o.y. Is Jesus, Others, You.

    Contributed by Paul Andrew on Nov 12, 2023

    If someone suffers from depression, hearing to “rejoice always,” may spur the reaction: “I don't like being told what to feel.

    Today is Gaudete Sunday. “Rejoice (Gaudete) in the Lord always,” we hear in our Second Reading. The United States was founded to give people the right to pursue happiness; the Gospel invites people to receive the gift of joy. J.O.Y. is Jesus, Others, You. In Philippians 4, St. Paul says more

  • Rejoicing When You Want Fiery Justice Instead!! Series

    Contributed by Michael Blitz on Dec 16, 2023

    John the Baptist sits in jail, waiting for Justice to rain down upon Herod. Meanwhile Christ preaches Good News, rather than wrath. How can we rejoice when there is no justice in this world?

    Good Morning! As someone who grew up in a liturgical church, I realize that Lent and Advent can be easy to confuse. I say the wrong name quite a bit and might accidentally say the wrong name this morning. That’s one of those pastor cliches. My pastor, from our parish down in Baltimore, kept putting more

  • "Gaudete!” Better Than "Gesundheit!”

    Contributed by Daniel Habben on Dec 14, 2009
    based on 4 ratings

    “Gaudete!” Better Than “Gesundheit!” 1) Because the Lord’s joy, and not your health, is your strength 2) Because the Lord’s Word, and not man’s pious wishes, is your confidence

    It starts with a tickle, then a quiver, followed by a gulp of air as if you’re getting ready to swim the length of a pool in one go, but then suddenly, violently that air gets expelled in a loud “Achoo!” I don’t like to sneeze. Every time I do, it feels like I pop a blood vessel. That’s why I’m more

  • Rejoice Always

    Contributed by Carla Powell on Jan 8, 2003
    based on 47 ratings

    Sermon highlights joy in the midst of pain, defines the Latin word Gaudete. Reflection on the difference between joy and happiness.

    Grace be to you and peace from the One who was, and is, and is to come. Amen. Today is the third Sunday in Advent, which was historically called Gaudete Sunday, from the Latin word for ‘rejoice’. Gaudete Sunday is the Sunday, if we had a pink candle in our Advent wreath, that we would light the more

  • I've Got Joy?

    Contributed by Carla Powell on Dec 22, 2007
    based on 4 ratings

    This sermon was preached on Gaudete (Joy) Sunday (3rd sunday in Advent). I wasn’t feeling very joy-filled, though I felt called to preach on joy (and used that hesitancy as part of the sermon focus). It’s my best "grumpy sermon on joy" ever.

    It’s been a rough couple weeks for me. My wallet was stolen last Wednesday. My step-grandfather died – two days ago. I woke up feeling sick and lost my voice - yesterday. Almost got stuck in the snow last night. Had to park around the corner and traipse home in the deep snow with the wind whipping more

  • Third Sunday Of Advent: John The Baptist

    Contributed by Paul Andrew on Nov 19, 2019

    Advent 3, Year A

    There is a story of a Spiritual Master who went to China. There he gathered a group of disciples to prepare them for enlightenment. When they became enlightened, they stopped attending his lectures! The moral of the story: It is not credit to a spiritual guide that his disciples sit at his feet more

  • Joy

    Contributed by Gerald Roberts on Dec 16, 2023

    This is the third Sunday of Advent we celebrate joy today.

    “JOY” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 1. Today , the Advent candle in the wreath is not blue or purple; it is pink. • It symbolizes joy. On this third Sunday of Advent, we celebrate joy. • Today is also known as Gaudete Sunday, from the Latin, Gaudete, meaning “rejoice.” • These words are lifted from more

  • Advent Iii, Year B

    Contributed by Garth Wehrfritz- Hanson on Dec 5, 2002
    based on 129 ratings

    Paul exhorts us to "rejoice always." True joy and rejoicing is a gift recieved vis-a-vis our relationship with Christ.

    Sermon for Advent III, Yr B Dec 15, 2002 Based on I Thess 5:16 Grace Lutheran Church, Medicine Hat By Pastor Garth Wehrfritz-Hanson A woman was sitting on her living room couch one day when a black snake slithered past. The woman, who was deathly afraid of snakes, dashed to the bathroom to more

  • A Painful Privilege

    Contributed by Scott Carmer on Dec 13, 2005
    based on 9 ratings

    Motherhood for Mary was a painful privilege. It was a privilege for her to be chosen to bear the Son of God, but so very painful to have to witness his death.

    A Painful Privilege I Thessalonians 5:16-24 Luke 1:46-55 Advent 3 December 11, 2005 I read a very interesting comment about motherhood the other day. One commentator said that motherhood is a painful privilege. I guess that it is easy for me to say, being a man, but I like that. A painful more

  • Joy, Even With No Pleasure

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Dec 1, 2013

    St. Paul gives us the clue to living in joy even if we are afflicted with pain and suffering.

    Third Sunday of Advent 2013 Extraordinary Form From the epistle of Blessed Paul the Apostle to the Philippians: Brethren: Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5 Let all men know your forbearance. The Lord is at hand. 6 Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer more