Vicar's Musings for the Third Sunday in Advent
11 December, 2016
Today is Gaudete Sunday, so-called from the opening word of the traditional Introit for the third Sunday of Advent: Gaudete in Domino semper "rejoice in the Lord always" which itself is taken from St Paul's letter to the Philippians 4:4. It is a day to rejoice, to take a little respite in the middle of the Advent solemnities and preparations for the great Feast of the Nativity.
The weeks leading up to Christmas can be a stressful time. On Gaudete Sunday it is fitting to intentionally set aside the anxieties and stresses of the end-of-year pre-Christmas rush. To pause. To pray. To place our worries before God. To give thanks for God's grace and God's mercies over recent days, weeks and months. I give thanks for the vibrant, welcoming, compassionate, loving church community of St Peter's Eastern Hill. We have our clay feet as an organisation, of course, but there is also much to rejoice about at The Hill. Here are some of the things that have evoked joy in my heart over the past week:
You may like to generate your own list of thanksgiving and rejoicings this Third Sunday of Advent. Gaudete in Domino semper!
The Rev'd Dr Hugh Kempster
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