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Children's Activity

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Sharing what God gives -- Luke 3:7-18 -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
SHARING THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL THEME AT SUNDAY SCHOOL AND AT HOME

Materials:
Coats and canned goods -- Luke 3:7-18 -- Third Sunday of Advent - C
Teachers: In our lesson today John the Baptist tells the crowds who come to be baptized that they sh
Tell everybody the Good News -- Luke 3:7-18 -- Third Sunday of Advent - C
Teachers or Parents: Christmas time gives many opportunities to
"How many coats?" -- Luke 3:7-18 -- Third Sunday of Advent - C
Teachers or Parents: Today is the traditional "Joy" Sunday
Rejoice always! -- Philippians 4:4-7 -- Third Sunday of Advent - C
Teachers: Focus your activity on the second lesson this
Rejoice always! -- Philippians 4:4-7 -- Third Sunday of Advent - C
Teachers: Focus your activity on the second lesson this

Gospel Grams 2

Children's Activity Bulletin -- Luke 3:7-18 -- Ages 8-10 -- Luke 3:7-18 -- Third Sunday of Advent - C

Gospel Grams 1

Children's Activity Bulletin -- Luke 3:7-18 -- Ages 5-7 -- Luke 3:7-18 -- Third Sunday of Advent - C

Commentary

Emphasis Preaching Journal

It's judgment day -- rejoice! -- Zephaniah 3:14-20, Philippians 4:4-7, Luke 3:7-18 -- Cathy Venkatesh -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2015
Messages of God’s judgment can be hard to hear, and feel at odds with the fast-approaching celebrati
Peace -- Zephaniah 3:14-20, Philippians 4:4-7, Luke 3:7-18 -- Sandra Herrmann -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2012
The theme that winds through the three passages for this week is that of peace.
Songs of joy -- Zephaniah 3:14-20, Philippians 4:4-7, Luke 3:7-18, Isaiah 12:2-6 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
A colleague of mine once decried the way that people in his congregation wished to sing
Last night -- Zephaniah 3:14-20, Philippians 4:4-7, Luke 3:7-18, Isaiah 12:2-6 -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2003
The Canadian film Last Night presents an understated approach to global apocalypse.
Finding peace -- Zephaniah 3:14-20, Luke 3:7-18 -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2000
There are plenty of circumstances in which to feel anxious today.
Rejoicing Sunday -- Zephaniah 3:14-20, Philippians 4:4-7, Luke 3:7-18 -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 1997
The third Sunday in Advent is officially called "Gaudete Sunday," which means "Rejoicing Sunday." Jo
On Jordan's bank the Baptist's cry -- Zephaniah 3:14-20, Luke 3:7-18 -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 1994
One homiletical key for using either the Old Testament or gospel lesson for this Sunday is to keep i
The Presence in Our Midst -- Zephaniah 3:14-20, Luke 3:7-18, Philippians 4:4-13 -- Third Sunday of Advent - C
There are those who seem to be forever looking for God's coming.

Children's bulletin

Gospel Grams 2

Children's Activity Bulletin -- Luke 3:7-18 -- Ages 8-10 -- Luke 3:7-18 -- Third Sunday of Advent - C

Gospel Grams 1

Children's Activity Bulletin -- Luke 3:7-18 -- Ages 5-7 -- Luke 3:7-18 -- Third Sunday of Advent - C

Children's Liturgy and Story

The Village Shepherd

Josie Runs Away -- Luke 3:7-18 -- Janice B. Scott -- Third Sunday of Advent - C
Call to Worship:

Children's sermon

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Prepare in a Loving Faith -- Luke 3:7-18 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2015
The Point: We prepare to celebrate Jesus’ birth not out of fear but out of a loving
Be the Clay! -- Luke 3:7-18 -- Anna Shirey -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2012
Don't worry -- Philippians 4:4-7 -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication
Sharing what God gives -- Luke 3:7-18 -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
Even now the axe is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does
Make a prayer list -- Philippians 4:4-7 -- Third Sunday of Advent - C
Good morning, boys and girls.
Coats and canned goods -- Luke 3:7-18 -- Third Sunday of Advent - C
Good morning, boys and girls. I brought two things that start with C today.
Be happy! -- Philippians 4:4-7 -- Third Sunday of Advent - C
Good morning! How many more days is it until Christmas? (Let
Tell everybody the Good News -- Luke 3:7-18 -- Third Sunday of Advent - C
Good morning! I suppose all of you have been seeing all
Rejoice ... always! -- Philippians 4:4-7 -- Third Sunday of Advent - C
During this time of the year we hear a lot about the word
How many coats? -- Luke 3:7-18 -- Third Sunday of Advent - C
Can you imagine what it would be like not to have a coat in
Always rejoice -- Philippians 4:4-7 -- Third Sunday of Advent - C
Good morning, boys and girls. Do you ever draw faces on your
A warning for us all -- Luke 3:7-18 -- Third Sunday of Advent - C
Good morning, boys and girls. I brought something with me this
Always rejoice -- Philippians 4:4-7 -- Third Sunday of Advent - C
Good morning, boys and girls. Do you ever draw faces on your
A warning for us all -- Luke 3:7-18 -- Third Sunday of Advent - C
Good morning, boys and girls. I brought something with me this

The Immediate Word

Dreaming Of A Green Christmas -- Luke 3:7-18, Philippians 4:4-7, Zephaniah 3:14-20, Isaiah 12:2-6 -- Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed, Robin Lostetter -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2015
In this week’s gospel text, John the Baptist asks a penetrating question: “Who warned you to flee fr
Who's On Your List? -- Luke 3:7-18, Philippians 4:4-7, Zephaniah 3:14-20, Isaiah 12:2-6 -- Leah Lonsbury, Mary Austin, George Reed -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2012
In this week's lectionary gospel text, John the Baptist calls us to prepare for the coming of the "o
Prepare Or Beware! -- Luke 3:7-18 -- Carter Shelley -- Third Sunday of Advent - C
Dear Fellow Preacher,

Something To Get Excited About -- Luke 3:7-18, Philippians 4:4-7, Zephaniah 3:14-20, Isaiah 12:2-6 -- Scott Suskovic, Thom M. Shuman -- Third Sunday of Advent - C
Zephaniah's exhortation to rejoice and exult in God's salvation gives us something to rejoice in.

Children's Story

The Village Shepherd

Roly Shows The Way -- Luke 3:7-18 -- Janice B. Scott -- Third Sunday of Advent - C
The three children were racing through the woods, and Roly was keeping up as best he could with

Devotional

SermonStudio

Advent 3 -- Zephaniah 3:14-20 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2009
... The king of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst....
-- Zephaniah 3:15

Advent 3 -- Isaiah 12:2-6 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2009
With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.
-- Isaiah 12:3

Advent 3 -- Philippians 4:4-7 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2009
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in
Advent 3 -- Luke 3:7-18 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2009
He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
-- Luke 3:16

Drama

SermonStudio

Restoration Rules! -- Zephaniah 3:14-20, Philippians 4:4-9, Luke 3:7-18, Psalm 85 -- John A. Tenbrook -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2003
Thespian Theological Thoughts
Airmail -- Luke 3:7-18 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 1997
Theme
Clear The Way! -- Luke 3:3-18 -- Pamela Urfer -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 1994
Cast: JOHN the BAPTIST, USHER, FIRST CHURCH OFFICIAL, SECOND CHURCH OFFICIAL

Illustration

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Sermon Illustrations for Advent 3 (2015) -- Zephaniah 3:14-20, Philippians 4:4-7, Luke 3:7-18 -- Bill Thomas, Bob Ove, Mark Ellingsen, Bonnie Bates, Frank Ramirez, R. Robert Cueni, Ron Love -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2015
Zephaniah 3:14-20
There are at least a couple surprises... -- Zephaniah 3:14-20 -- Bob Ove -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2012
There are at least a couple surprises in this lesson.
Ambrose, the Bishop of Milan (374-397)... -- Philippians 4:4-7 -- Ron Love -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2012
Ambrose, the Bishop of Milan (374-397), is one of our most prominent church fathers.
Paul urges the Philippians... -- Philippians 4:4-7 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2012
Paul urges the Philippians and us to rejoice in the Lord that they need not worry about anything and
Our text was before the days of political correctness!... -- Luke 3:7-18 -- Bob Ove -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2012
Our text was before the days of political correctness!
John the Baptist is on the same team with Jesus -- Luke 3:7-18 -- Mark J. Molldrem -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2012
John the Baptist is on the same team with Jesus, but he is not Jesus.
Sermon Illustrations for Advent 3 (2012) -- Zephaniah 3:14-20, Philippians 4:4-7, Luke 3:7-18 -- Mark J. Molldrem, Bob Ove, Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2012
Zephaniah 3:14-20
What would it sound like to hear God sing? -- Zephaniah 3:14-20 -- Mark J. Molldrem -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2012
What would it sound like to hear God sing?
Rabbi Harold Kushner tells of... -- Zephaniah 3:14-20 -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
Rabbi Harold Kushner tells of his yearly experience, looking out at a full synagogue on
Frank and Judy inherited the... -- Zephaniah 3:14-20 -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
Frank and Judy inherited the family farm when Frank's father retired. For the first few
It was obvious to everyone... -- Zephaniah 3:14-20 -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
It was obvious to everyone that Mike did not want to attend the company Christmas
This question isn't for partygoers... -- Zephaniah 3:14-20 -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
This question isn't for partygoers. It's for church folks. Why aren't we having fun? "Have
By all accounts, President Warren... -- Philippians 4:4-7 -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
By all accounts, President Warren Harding wasn't an especially intelligent person.
Immediately before this lesson are... -- Philippians 4:4-7 -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
Immediately before this lesson are two interesting lines, in Philippians 4:2-3. "I urge
W. H. Auden, in one... -- Philippians 4:4-7 -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
W. H. Auden, in one of his poems, challenges his readers to "practice their scales of
The commercial culture may have... -- Luke 3:7-18 -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
The commercial culture may have kidnapped the baby Jesus (or at least it may seem that
Slate: a fine-grained sedimentary... -- Luke 3:7-18 -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
Slate: a fine-grained sedimentary rock composed of clay or volcanic ash. It is easy to split
It would be Alice and... -- Luke 3:7-18 -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
It would be Alice and Robb's first Christmas as a married couple. Both had children from
Did you ever have a... -- Luke 3:7-18 -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
Did you ever have a minister call you and fellow audience members "venomous snakes"?
Houses vary in size... -- Zephaniah 3:14-20 -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2003

Houses vary in size.
There is a carnival... -- Zephaniah 3:14-20 -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2003

There is a carnival atmosphere to the celebration of the new creation.
It was all her... -- Zephaniah 3:14-20 -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2003

It was all her fault.
In his book, I... -- Philippians 4:4-7 -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2003

In his book, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, Robert Fulghum tells

The Immediate Word

Dreaming Of A Green Christmas -- Luke 3:7-18, Philippians 4:4-7, Zephaniah 3:14-20, Isaiah 12:2-6 -- Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed, Robin Lostetter -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2015
In this week’s gospel text, John the Baptist asks a penetrating question: “Who warned you to flee fr
Who's On Your List? -- Luke 3:7-18, Philippians 4:4-7, Zephaniah 3:14-20, Isaiah 12:2-6 -- Leah Lonsbury, Mary Austin, George Reed -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2012
In this week's lectionary gospel text, John the Baptist calls us to prepare for the coming of the "o

Intercession

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Advent God, As Christmas Frenetically Approaches... -- Luke 3:7-18 -- Janice B. Scott -- Third Sunday of Advent - C
Prayers usually include these concerns and may follow this sequence:

Prayer

SermonStudio

The fruits of repentance, reserves for the future -- Luke 3:7-18 -- Dennis Koch -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 1994
Gospel Theme:

The fruits of repentance, reserves for the future
THIRD SUNDAY IN ADVENT -- Zephaniah 3:14-20, Isaiah 12:2-6, Philippians 4:4-13, Luke 3:7-18 -- B. David Hostetter -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 1985
CALL TO WORSHIP

Preaching

The Immediate Word

Dreaming Of A Green Christmas -- Luke 3:7-18, Philippians 4:4-7, Zephaniah 3:14-20, Isaiah 12:2-6 -- Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed, Robin Lostetter -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2015
In this week’s gospel text, John the Baptist asks a penetrating question: “Who warned you to flee fr
Who's On Your List? -- Luke 3:7-18, Philippians 4:4-7, Zephaniah 3:14-20, Isaiah 12:2-6 -- Leah Lonsbury, Mary Austin, George Reed -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2012
In this week's lectionary gospel text, John the Baptist calls us to prepare for the coming of the "o
Prepare Or Beware! -- Luke 3:7-18 -- Carter Shelley -- Third Sunday of Advent - C
Dear Fellow Preacher,

Something To Get Excited About -- Luke 3:7-18, Philippians 4:4-7, Zephaniah 3:14-20, Isaiah 12:2-6 -- Scott Suskovic, Thom M. Shuman -- Third Sunday of Advent - C
Zephaniah's exhortation to rejoice and exult in God's salvation gives us something to rejoice in.

SermonStudio

Third Sunday Of Advent -- Zephaniah 3:14-20, Philippians 4:4-7, Luke 3:7-18 -- Carlos Wilton -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
Theme For The Day
Advent 3 -- Isaiah 12:2-6 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
(See Proper 28/Pentecost 26/Ordinary Time 33, Cycle C, for an alternative approach.)
Third Sunday in Advent -- Zephaniah 2:14-20 -- Elizabeth Achtemeier -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2003
Can we believe that God is carrying on a war against all sinners?
Third Sunday Of Advent -- Zephaniah 3:14-20, Philippians 4:4-7, Luke 3:7-18 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2003
Seasonal Theme
Third Sunday In Advent -- Zephaniah 3:14-20, Philippians 4:4-7, Luke 3:7-18 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2000
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS
Third Sunday In Advent -- Zephaniah 3:14-20, Philippians 4:4-13, Luke 3:7-18 -- George M. Bass -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 1991
The Church Year Theological Clue
Advent 3 -- Zephaniah 3:14-20, Philippians 4:4-13, Luke 3:7-18 -- Perry H. Biddle, Jr. -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 1988
Comments on the Lessons
Advent 3 -- Zephaniah 3:14-18, Philippians 4:4-7, Luke 3:10-18 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 1985
Zephaniah 3:14-20 (C)
Zephaniah 3:14-18a (L)
Zephaniah 3:14-18 (RC)

Sermon

The Immediate Word

Dreaming Of A Green Christmas -- Luke 3:7-18, Philippians 4:4-7, Zephaniah 3:14-20, Isaiah 12:2-6 -- Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed, Robin Lostetter -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2015
In this week’s gospel text, John the Baptist asks a penetrating question: “Who warned you to flee fr
Who's On Your List? -- Luke 3:7-18, Philippians 4:4-7, Zephaniah 3:14-20, Isaiah 12:2-6 -- Leah Lonsbury, Mary Austin, George Reed -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2012
In this week's lectionary gospel text, John the Baptist calls us to prepare for the coming of the "o
Prepare Or Beware! -- Luke 3:7-18 -- Carter Shelley -- Third Sunday of Advent - C
Dear Fellow Preacher,

Something To Get Excited About -- Luke 3:7-18, Philippians 4:4-7, Zephaniah 3:14-20, Isaiah 12:2-6 -- Scott Suskovic, Thom M. Shuman -- Third Sunday of Advent - C
Zephaniah's exhortation to rejoice and exult in God's salvation gives us something to rejoice in.

SermonStudio

Hope Again! -- Zephaniah 3:14-20 -- Derl G. Keefer -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2009
Charles Swindoll wrote a book titled Hope Again, with the subtitle "When Life Hurts and Dream
Rejoicing Brings Peace -- Philippians 4:4-7 -- Richard E. Gribble, CSC -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2009
Mora Naba, a Mossi emperor in Burkina Faso, had conquered a powerful ethnic group in the south calle
The Coat Off Your Back -- Luke 3:7-18 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2009
Thanksgiving -- cornucopias, fall harvests, turkey and pumpkin pie, corn stalks, and scarecrows -- o
An Invitation To Joy -- Zephaniah 3:14-20 -- Mary S. Lautensleger -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
Stan Freberg has written a musical farce parodying the commercialization of the Advent season, appro
Advent: An Irrational Sense Of Peace -- Philippians 4:4-7 -- John T. Ball -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
We are always touched by newspaper or media stories of people who have come through some terrible ex
What Shall We Become? -- Luke 3:7-18 -- Tom M. Garrison -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
Almost thirty years ago a play titled, Mourning Pictures, opened off-Broadway.
Why Rejoice? -- Zephaniah 3:14-20 -- Steven E. Albertin -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2003
I recently saw a survey conducted by the Muzak Holiday Channel concerning the most popular Christmas
The Divine Opportunity -- Luke 3:7-18 -- J. Ellsworth Kalas, David Kalas -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2003
Opportunity comes with so many different faces that we often don't recognize it.
God's Peace Is On Patrol -- Philippians 4:4-7 -- Robert S. Crilley -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2003
On the Sunday afternoon following Thanksgiving, when I was in seventh grade, it began to snow.
A Song Of Promise -- Zephaniah 3:14-20 -- Harry N. Huxhold -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2000
In 1967 Shastokovitch, the Russian composer, wrote a symphony titled October.
Same Question, Same Answer -- Luke 3:7-18 -- William G. Carter -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2000
"Preacher, why don't you tell me what you want me to do?" She stood with a frown on her face, while
Truce Or Peace? -- Philippians 4:4-7 -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2000
Now here's a Scripture with which we can all identify, especially during the holiday season.
He Preached Good News -- Luke 3:10-18 -- James T. Garrett -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 1991
Last Sunday we examined the beginning of John's sermon where he said the King is coming, prepare!
Singing Along The Way -- Zephaniah 3:14-18 -- Ron Lavin -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 1991
In the time of John the Baptist, most of the people were not getting the point.
The Divine Opportunity -- Luke 3:10-18 -- J. Ellsworth Kalas -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 1988
Opportunity comes with so many different faces that we often don't recognize it.
The Awakening -- Zephaniah 3:14-20 -- Robert G. Tuttle -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 1988
Zephaniah is saying to the Children of Israel, "Things will not always be as they are.
His Coming is to be Welcomed, Not Feared -- Zephaniah 3:14-20 -- James H. Bailey -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 1985
One of the main objectives of the Moody Institute of Religion and Science is to relate science and t
What Shall We Do? -- Luke 3:10-18 -- Roy C. Nichols -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 1985
It didn't take long for John's reputation to spread into the villages 'round about.

The Village Shepherd

Social Justice -- The Fruits Of Repentance? -- Luke 3:7-18 -- Janice B. Scott -- Third Sunday of Advent - C
I've had many reports of the Remembrance Sunday service held at Dickleburgh (in Norfolk, England)
Don't Be Anxious -- Philippians 4:4-7 -- Janice B. Scott -- Third Sunday of Advent - C

On the radio this last week, I heard about an engineering firm which has ordered its staff t
All Will Be Well, But Is It Instant Gratification? -- Zephaniah 3:14-20 -- Janice B. Scott -- Third Sunday of Advent - C
Now that we're well into December, you need to leave home at daybreak if you want to spot a parking

Stories

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Finding Your Way -- Luke 3:7-18, Zephaniah 3:14-20, Philippians 4:4-7, Isaiah 12:2-6 -- Peter Andrew Smith, C. David Mckirachan -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2015
Contents
"Finding Your Way" by Peter Andrew Smith
No More War On Christmas -- Luke 3:7-18, Zephaniah 3:14-20, Philippians 4:4-7, Isaiah 12:2-6 -- John E. Sumwalt, Keith Hewitt -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2012
Contents
"No More War on Christmas" by John Sumwalt
Guilty! -- Zephaniah 3:14-20, Isaiah 12:2-6, Philippians 4:4-7, Luke 3:7-18 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Third Sunday of Advent - C
Contents

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Rejoice In The Lord -- Luke 3:7-18, Philippians 4:4-7, Zephaniah 3:14-20, Isaiah 12:2-6 -- Rick Mccracken-bennett, Frank R. Fisher, Christina Seibel, Timothy F. Merrill -- Third Sunday of Advent - C
Contents
What's Up This Week

SermonStudio

Ready Or Not, Here He Comes! -- Luke 3:7-18 -- David E. Leininger -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2009
John is an amazing character, isn't he? Not what we would expect as we come up to Christmas.
Filled With Expectations -- Luke 3:7-18 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning J
The Holy Land Experience -- Zephaniah 3:14-20 -- Timothy F. Merrill -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2003
No one in their right mind would want to visit the Holy Land now.
Christmas Tears -- Isaiah 12:2-6 -- John E. Sumwalt, Christina Seibel -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2003
I think nothing breaks our hearts as badly as does the broken hearts of our children.
Enough To Share -- Luke 3:7-18 -- Constance Berg -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2000
Keith and Lois volunteer in the hospital thrift shop.
The Case Of A Grocery Store Fix -- Philippians 4:4-7 -- Richard A. Jensen -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 1994
It happened just about every time she went shopping for groceries.
Advent 3 -- Luke 3:7-18 -- John Steward -- Third Sunday of Advent - C
When the Gettysburg Cemetery was being dedicated, those doing the planning wanted to have a speaker

Worship

The Immediate Word

Dreaming Of A Green Christmas -- Luke 3:7-18, Philippians 4:4-7, Zephaniah 3:14-20, Isaiah 12:2-6 -- Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed, Robin Lostetter -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2015
In this week’s gospel text, John the Baptist asks a penetrating question: “Who warned you to flee fr
Who's On Your List? -- Luke 3:7-18, Philippians 4:4-7, Zephaniah 3:14-20, Isaiah 12:2-6 -- Leah Lonsbury, Mary Austin, George Reed -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2012
In this week's lectionary gospel text, John the Baptist calls us to prepare for the coming of the "o
Prepare Or Beware! -- Luke 3:7-18 -- Carter Shelley -- Third Sunday of Advent - C
Dear Fellow Preacher,

Something To Get Excited About -- Luke 3:7-18, Philippians 4:4-7, Zephaniah 3:14-20, Isaiah 12:2-6 -- Scott Suskovic, Thom M. Shuman -- Third Sunday of Advent - C
Zephaniah's exhortation to rejoice and exult in God's salvation gives us something to rejoice in.

SermonStudio

Advent 3 -- Zephaniah 3:14-20, Philippians 4:4-7, Luke 3:7-18, Isaiah 12:2-6 -- Julia Ross Strope -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2009
The truth, Dumbledore sighed.
It is a beautiful and terrible thing and
Third Sunday Of Advent -- Zephaniah 3:14-20 -- Frank Ramirez -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
First Lesson: Zephaniah 3:14-20

Theme: Even So!
Third Sunday Of Advent -- Philippians 4:4-7 -- Frank Ramirez -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
Second Lesson: Philippians 4:4-7

Theme: Say It Again!
Third Sunday Of Advent -- Luke 3:7-18 -- Frank Ramirez -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
Gospel Lesson: Luke 3:7-18

Theme: Fruits Worthy Of Repentance
Third Sunday Of Advent -- Zephaniah 3:14-20, Philippians 4:4-7, Luke 3:7-18 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2003
Theme: The Time Is Coming

Call To Worship
The Advent-ure Of Peace -- Zephaniah 3:14-20 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2000
Call To Worship
Leader: All of us meet troublesome relationships.
Advent 3 -- Luke 3:7-18 -- Wayne H. Keller -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2000
Liturgical Color: Purple/Blue

Gospel: Luke 3:7-18
Third Sunday of Advent -- Zephaniah 3:14-20, Philippians 4:4-7, Luke 3:7-18 -- James R. Wilson -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 1997
First Lesson: Zephaniah 3:14-20
Theme: The Blessing of the Lord


Advent 3 -- Isaiah 12:2-6 -- Hugh H. Drennan -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 1991
Surely God is my salvation;
I will trust, and will not be afraid,

New & Featured This Week

The Immediate Word

Bethany Peerbolte
Christopher Keating
Mary Austin
Ron Love
Dean Feldmeyer
George Reed
We complete the lectionary cycle this week by recalling the reign of Christ in the life of believers and the world.  But there’s a distinction between having a king and wanting a king. Moreover, sometimes the priorities we establish for ourselves bear no resemblance to the priorities of the reign of God.  In the Gospel reading, Pilate seems confused. If Jesus is a king, then exactly what sort of king is he, and what is the nature of his kingdom? Pilate’s confusion becomes our confusion as well.

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David O. Bales
Contents
“Pilate’s Point Of View” by David O. Bales
“Priests for Whom?” by David O. Bales


Pilate’s Point Of View
by David O. Bales
John 18:33-37
Peter Andrew Smith
Morris stared at the plain white tiles of the hospital ceiling and wondered how much longer he would have to wait for the nurse to come and get him. He looked around at the curtains surrounding the waiting area and pulled the blanket over his feet. He sighed loudly.

“Bored?” a voice asked from the other side of the curtain.

“Yeah,” Morris replied. “I just want this over.”

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Bill Thomas
Bonnie Bates
Mark Ellingsen
Bob Ove
Ron Love
Frank Ramirez
Joel 2:21-27 and Psalm 126
That psalm could be for someone who was out of work who the Lord finds a job for. They can rejoice and give thanks for the Lord’s restoration. They will have a happy thanksgiving. Even those still out of work have a Lord who is keeping them alive until a more permanent answer arrives.

We can all find something to be thankful for. Thanksgiving is at least one time when we can make a list of all those things. Some take paper and pen and do that.

Bob Ove
Ron Love
Frank Ramirez
Bill Thomas
Bonnie Bates
Mark Ellingsen
2 Samuel 23:1-7 and Psalm 132:1-12, (13-18)
Do what’s right. David says it this way, “One who rules over people justly, ruling in the fear of God, is like the light of morning, like the sun rising on a cloudless morning, gleaming from the rain on the grassy land.” These are some of David’s final words and, as such, they are significant. It’s hard to always do the right thing.
Mark Ellingsen
The theme for the final Sunday of the church year is a reminder that Christ already reigns! We already see hints of his rule at the end of time, even today.

2 Samuel 23:1-7
Frank Ramirez
In the book “Through the Looking Glass,” by Lewis Carroll, the chess pieces come to life, including the befuddled White Queen who in response to Alice’s assertion that one can’t believe in things that are impossible, replies, “I daresay you haven’t had much practice. When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

The lectionary scriptures cut the number in half and ask us to believe in three, if not quite impossible, then certainly improbable things.

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Arley K. Fadness
“My kingdom is not from this world” (v. 36a)

Good morning girls and boys,

Have your parents ever told you “always tell the truth?” (children respond)

Of course what they mean, to tell the truth, is be honest, don't lie, tell it like it is.

Truth is a tiny word with only 5 letters -- T-R-U-T-H, but has a big, big meaning.

When Jesus was on trial he was asked by governor Pontus Pilate “what is truth?”
Arley K. Fadness
“Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?” (v. 25b)

Good morning boys and girls,

I'm so glad to see you. It's a fun time in this wonderful thanksgiving holiday season isn't it? Let's make a list of things we are thankful for. (list items on sketch pad as children make suggestions) We have a lot to be thankful for don't we?

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
I sometimes catch those programmes on television which offer people an evening out with the celebrity of their choice, or at least, ask people who they would choose if they could have that choice. Film stars and pop stars usually come at the top of the list, closely followed by royalty, especially the younger and handsomer members of the royal family.

When I see some of the choices I find myself shuddering and wonder what on earth people can see in such a person. But I suppose the choice is usually based on

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Carlos Wilton

Theme For The Day

Jesus Christ is King -- but not the sort of king the world expects.

Old Testament Lesson
2 Samuel 23:1-7
The Last Words Of David

William G. Carter
In the small town of Mapleville, the ecumenical Thanksgiving Eve service was poorly attended. Once it was a popular event for the whole town, gathering people from a variety of denominations and faiths. In recent years, attendance had faded to a faithful few. Most of those who came in any given year were members of the host congregation. What began as a spirited occasion that brought together a variety of clergy, choirs, and congregations had shrunk in numbers and dwindled in enthusiasm.

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