December 17, 2023

B03: The Third Sunday of Advent, Year B (2023)

Ginger Gaines-Cirelli

Rev. Ginger E. Gaines-Cirelli, Pastor of Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington, DC, preaches a sermon called “The One Who Is Coming,” from John 1:6-8, 19-28. Gaines-Cirelli reminds us that today, the Third Sunday of Advent, is Gaudete Sunday. She says, “The pink color of the candle we light…is a symbol of the joy that emerges as we draw closer to the birth of Christ. And it seems that every year as this Sunday rolls around the tension between the painful realities in the world and the invitation to joy is so taut that it could snap at any moment.” Listen as Gaines-Cirelli ponders the words of the prophets and how they can help us realize that, “with God’s help, we ourselves have a part to play in what God is doing in the world.”

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