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And the 3rd Sunday of Advent is ........?
I'm asking because I have to choose the hymns, and I don't the handy dandy 'never fail guide book.
Thanks for any answers. btw, any favorite advent hymns pertaining to the theme?
It is "joy" . . . it goes Hope, Peace, Joy, Love . . .
this is from my son's junior kindergarten class:
week one: one candle, shines so bright, like the blazing star on christmas night.
week two: two candles shine so bright, like mary and joseph's smiles of delight.
week three: three candles shine so bright, like the shepherd's look, in the firelight.
week four: four candles shine so bright, like the whole world's joy that special night.
i know it's simple, but sometimes inspiration can come from the most simple things.
The most recent third Sunday of advent is Joy our sister church uses the hymn A candle is burning #6 in Voices united they will be singing 3 verses this Sunday. The tune is Away in a Manger.
A little girl was asked why we light a pink candle on the third Sunday. She looked at the minister and said "We were hoping for a girl". My favorite Advent joke.
this joy that I have, the world didn't give it to me!
(sing three times, then conclude with:)
the world didn't give it, the world can't take it away!
(can sing Hope, Peace, and Love as well as Joy as weeks go by)
"Seasons of the Spirit" curriculum came with a CD with this song one year -- very similar (same?) tune as "This Little Light of Mine, I'm Gonna Let it Shine"
I understand that historically, Advent was a time of abstinence similar to Lent. Just as with the four Sunday of Lent, the third Sunday of Advent was a day where people could cut loose a little. While the candles for the first, second and four Sundays are purple (the colour of penitence), the candle for the third Sunday is not. So, third Sunday of Advent there should be joy in the spiritual sense, but also in a more worldly (but not too worldly sense) as well.
Isn't it the third Advent Sunday the Sunday of Giving?
Yes, it is White Gift Sunday.
If you want some help planning worship, I suggest www.textweek.com
It has links to hundreds of sites for each Sunday of the lectionary cycle. Sermons, liturgies, art, pop culture references, music suggestions, prayers etc.
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