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Why Rejoice?
Third Sunday of Advent

from the book
Sermons On The First Readings
Series I, Cycle C

Steven E. Albertin

Zephaniah 3:14-20


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I recently saw a survey conducted by the Muzak Holiday Channel concerning the most popular Christmas songs played at this time of the year. They are 1) "The Christmas Song," 2) "White Christmas," 3) "Winter Wonderland," and 4) "Silver Bells." It is interesting to note that they are all secular songs that focus on the "warm fuzzies" and sentimental feelings of the season. There are no Christian or religious songs here.

The songs reveal what is really at the center of this annual orgy of self-indulgence. Our culture no longer even calls it "Christmas" but instead prefers to call it "The Holidays." The songs urge us to be full of joy and merriment because of how we have been blessed. It is because of all those good things that fill our lives now that we ought to be joyful and to sing merrily those wonderful "carols of the season." We are encouraged if not pressured into spending and buying gifts, ...

This Third Sunday of Advent sermon, Why Rejoice?, is based on Zephaniah 3:14-20 and relates to Third Sunday of Advent of Cycle C of the lectionary. This sermon is excerpted from the book Sermons On The First Readings . SermonSuite offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, children's sermons, sermon illustrations, worship resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary worship, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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