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Who's on Your List?
Third Sunday of Advent

Leah Lonsbury
Mary Austin
George Reed

Luke 3:7-18 — Philippians 4:4-7
Zephaniah 3:14-20 — Isaiah 12:2-6


In this week's lectionary gospel text, John the Baptist calls us to prepare for the coming of the "one who is more powerful than I." When the crowds ask him "What should we do?" John is blunt, talking about the need to bear good fruit and specifying what that means: "Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise" and "Do not extort money from anyone by threats or false accusation, and be satisfied with your wages." What John seems to be telling us is that to avoid the axe and being "thrown into the fire" we must take care of one another rather than focus primarily on our own wealth and spiritual salvation.

But as team member Leah Lonsbury notes in this installment of The Immediate Word, the me-first dynamic John warns us against is never far from the surface of the messages we hear during the Christmas shopping season. Leah ...

This sermon resource, Who's on Your List?, is based on Luke 3:7-18 and relates to Third Sunday of Advent of Cycle C of the lectionary. This sermon resource on Zephaniah 3:14-20 also includes sermon illustrations, worship material, and a children's sermon. SermonSuite also offers online sermons, professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, sermon illustrations, worship resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary worship, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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