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Third Sunday Of Advent
Third Sunday of Advent

from the book
Lectionary Preaching Workbook
Series VII Cycle C

Jerry L. Schmalenberger

Zephaniah 3:14-20 — Philippians 4:4-7
Luke 3:7-18


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Seasonal Theme
The joyful anticipation and preparation for the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem and into our hearts as well.

Theme For The Day
John the Baptist calls for repentance and thus prepares the way for the Messiah who brings a new baptism of Spirit and water.

Old Testament Lesson
Zephaniah 3:14-20
A Celebration Hymn

This is Zephaniah's hymn of celebration for a worship of deliverance. Yahweh has removed the enemy. He is the true king who has heard the prayer of the humble. Verses 16-18 are Yahweh rejoicing in his victory. God has removed disaster from the people. Verses 19-20 tell the people God will gather the dispersed. "At that time" is reflecting the work of a disciple.

New Testament Lesson
Philippians 4:4-7
Joy, Gentleness, And Peace

Here is the joy, gentleness, and peace of the Christian life. This reading will also be used in the readings for Thanksgiving, extending on through verse 9. Consistent with this "Epistle of Joy" we have more urging to know the quality of ...

This Third Sunday of Advent preaching resource, Third Sunday Of Advent, is based on Zephaniah 3:14-20 and relates to Third Sunday of Advent of Cycle C of the lectionary. This preaching resource is excerpted from the book Lectionary Preaching Workbook . SermonSuite offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, children's sermons, sermon illustrations, Preaching resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary Preaching, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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