THIRD WEEK OF ADVENT – DECEMBER 17, 2017
SCRIPTURE: Luke 2: 8 – 15
Verse 10: “Do not be afraid; for see – I am bringing you good news of great joy for all people”
On the third Sunday of Advent, many Christian churches light the pink or JOY candle which is also known as the “Shepherds Candle”. The wonderful hymn by Nahum Tate (1652-1715) “While shepherds watched their flocks by night all seated on the ground, the angel of the Lord came down and glory shone around” described the excitement and sheer joy of the Shepherds when told by the Angels that the Messiah is born. The Joy of Christmas is exactly that celebration of Jesus’ birthday and not about the toys, new electronic gadgets, food or that anticipated Christmas present. In experiencing the Joy of receiving Christ, the Church Family is called upon to share and be life-giving just like Jesus Christ to a world enslaved by poverty and a denial of people access to basic necessities.
PRAYER: God of JOY, you are the gift of life for all. We experience joy of living as one family in you. We pray for all people to have the courage and desire to offer your gifts of life in Word and Deed to others and bring joy and healings to our broken world. Amen.
Rev Haloti Taasi Kailahi, Oatley Uniting Church, Uniting Church in Australia