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Rejoicing in the promise

The Third Sunday of Advent is traditionally known as Gaudete Sunday. Gaudete is a Latin command meaning: “Rejoice!” Of course we might expect to rejoice at Christmas. But that’s still over a week away, so why are we supposed to rejoice now? Well, partly it’s a reminder that Christmas is the anniversary of a joyous event that’s already happened. Our celebration doesn’t really have to wait because it’s not like we’re actually still waiting for Christ to be born.

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Straight Talking

This Sunday we meet the startling and uncompromising figure of John the Baptist. John appears out of the desert with a hard-hitting call to turn away from sin and so prepare for the coming of the Messiah. At times we come across straight talking people who don’t shrink from telling the truth. We usually find them rude and unsettling. But there was something which rang true with the words of John the Baptist. Here was a man who lived what he preached.

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Always Active

Listening to Gardeners' Question Time on Radio 4 last weekend we were treated to a very clear response to a simple question, which was 'Shall I put my garden to bed?' Christine Walkden, one of the panellists, gave her answer with a delivery that was forceful and passionate.

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