When holidays are depressing [Third Sunday of Advent]

2 Jan
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Editor’s Note: I’m playing catch-up with blogging Faith Church’s sermons. My doctoral coursework, a heavy load grading online classes I teach, and the holidays landed simultaneously these past few weeks! So before we jump back to the Deuteronomy series, I’ll survey the last few weeks of Advent, belatedly, of course.

On the Third Sunday of Advent 2018, Emerald Peters preached the Lectionary passages. While I won’t be blogging her sermon here, for a few more weeks, you can listen here. The passages were: Zephaniah 3:14-20; Isaiah 12:2-6; Philippians 4:4-7; and Luke 3:7-18. Before you listen to Emerald’s sermon, read the passages and see if you can discover a theme!

Emerald starts with a Pop Quiz! One question, multiple choice. There are many statistics that say this time of year has some of the highest rates of:

  1. Happiness
  2. Warm fuzzy feelings
  3. Suicide and depression
  4. Pleasant family interaction

What’s your answer? Listen to Emerald’s sermon not only to learn the correct answer, but also to hear how the Scripture passages on the Third Sunday of Advent address this!

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