When In Our Music God Is Glorified 

We come to the third Sunday of Advent this Sunday: Joy. Sometimes it is hard to find Joy, especially during difficult times. Remember, however, that we are in a season of expectation, longing, and hopefulness. We wait for the coming of Christ at Christmas. This Sunday we light the candle of Joy, a reminder that Christ brings us everlasting joy. In many traditions, the third Sunday of Advent is devoted to Mary, the mother of God.

We, through our tradition, focus on Joy. Often times, the Magnificat is sung or said on this Sunday; here is a portion of the Magnificat: 

My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me.
Mary’s Magnificat, or Song, tells of great Joy, the Joy of welcoming the Christ child. May we welcome him this coming Christmastide and gather this Sunday to magnify the Lord. 

Here is few reminders of upcoming events and services that you won’t want to miss at FUMC: Christmas Breakfast – Sunday Dec. 16 @ 8:30 a.m. 37th Annual Plum Pudding Festival @ 5p.m. in the Fellowship Hall
Christmas Eve worship – 5 p.m. - Family Service (with candlelight and Holy Communion)
9 p.m. – Candlelight and Holy Communion 

Grace and Peace, Dakota