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Joy to the World

Joy to the World

Dec 15, 2019

Preacher: Rev. Elisabeth Williams

Series: Advent


This Third Sunday of Advent is set aside for joy. The readings for Advent can seem dark and gloomy, especially when we want to be happy about Christmas. Instead, the church uses Advent as a time of preparation for the great joy to come. The mood is somber, because we are not yet ready. But the gloom breaks on this Sunday, when we take time to let some of the joy out. The Luke reading is the story of Simeon, the righteous man who has been promised a glimpse of the Messiah and who, on seeing Jesus being dedicated in the Temple, bursts into song, thanking God for keeping the promise. Pastor Beth reminds us that this joy is not solely for Israel, but for all the world. It is not just for a little baby but for the coming of God’s peace to us all.