First Thoughts From The Rev. Canon David Smith: 

Most weeks Fr. David sends out an e-mail with his first thoughts on the upcoming Sunday readings. These reflections are designed to encourage people to consider the readings before they come to worship which we hope will enrich Sunday worship. People are invited to respond to David with their own thoughts and sometimes interesting ideas and conversations occur that end up in the sermon. If you would like to receive these weekly e-mails e-mail David at  . 

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Reflections on the Readings for Advent 3:Isaiah 61: 1-4, 8- 11, Psalm 126, 1 Thessalonians 5: 16- 24, John 1: 6- 8, 19 -28

Posted by Emily Sanderson on Saturday, December 13, 2014,
Hi everyone,

St. Philip's are worshipping this week with a Carols and Lessons service and St. John's  is marking the Third Sunday of Advent with the assigned readings.  I could never comment on all 9 lessons so I will focus on the readings for St. John's. However there is a connection in that the theme is obviously (you do not need an English degree to spot the theme in the
readings )  joy.  What better way to express joy than in singing God's praises as we will do this week at St. Philip's and...

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Third Sunday in Advent

Posted by Emily Sanderson on Friday, December 13, 2013,

Hi everyone,

Sorry I did not get anything out to you last week. I was busy with the Prodigal Son Retreat Day.

This week I am only preaching at St. John’s as we are having a Carol and Lessons service in Milford. So  I will briefly comment on the regularly assigned readings for the Third Sunday in Advent as I have a hard enough time thinking about 4 readings let alone 9!!


The Third Sunday in Advent is often referred to as Rejoice Sunday and some churches use rose as the liturgical colour for ve...

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