Who are you?

Are you Jesus? Are you the light?

Or are you a witness to the light?
(John 1:6-8, 19-28)

Who are you?

Are you the One who is faithful?
Are you the One who is blameless?

Or are you the one who is grateful?
(1 Thessalonians 5:16-24)

Who are you?

Are you the Satisfier of the hungry?
Are you the Restorer of justice?

Or are you the one with scattered pride
who has been given a shout of joy?
(Psalm 126 and Luke 1:46b-55)

Who are you?

Are you the Good News?
Are you the Gift of a garland, the Anointing of oil?

Or are you the newly-robed, the blessed,
given a hammer to rebuild the ruins,
equipped with a hoe to tend the garden?
(Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11)

Who are you?
And what then?

The question posed to John the Baptist is an appropriate one to weave throughout the Advent 3 readings from the Revised Common Lectionary. It’s a question that reminds us who we are, Who is coming, and Who is at work even as we wait.

How & in which direction are you sermonizing this week, preachers? Are you preaching Advent 3’s traditional theme of joy? Are you reflecting on particular social & global events? What is the good news needed in your context this Sunday? Share your ideas, questions, and encouragement with one another in the comments!


Rachel G. Hackenberg is a United Church of Christ minister, blogger, and the author of Writing to God: 40 Days of Praying with My Pen.

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5 thoughts on “Revised Common Lectionary: Advent 3

  1. I’m preaching on Mary and the Magnificat. We are using the traditional Advent theme of joy this week. I’m not too far in my thinking, but am pondering Psalm 16:11 –in God’s presence there is fullness of joy. Emmanuel is God with us. I like your questions…those may get worked in.

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  2. Karoline Lewis has a powerful post at “Dear Working Preacher” this week, on the power of being a witness. It draws a link for me to Alice Walker’s novel, “Possessing the Secret of Joy” in which she reveals that the secret of joy is…resistance. Now, how to preach that in my theologically and politically diverse congregation…hmmm. Gonna be leanin’ on the Spirit this week, for sure.

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