Third Sunday of Advent: Joy



This week’s theme is joy at Christ’s first and second coming. Our church choir has sung this beautiful new Christmas song this season. I love it because it tells the complete gospel and is so packed with truth.

Joy Has Dawned Upon the World

Promised from creation
God’s salvation now unfurled
Hope for every nation
Not with fanfares from above
Not with scenes of glory
But a humble gift of love
Jesus born of Mary

Sounds of wonder fill the sky
With the songs of angels
As the mighty Prince of Life
Shelters in a stable
Hands that set each star in place
Shaped the earth in darkness
Cling now to a mother’s breast
Vulnerable and helpless

Shepherds bow before the Lamb
Gazing at the glory
Gifts of men from distant lands
Prophesy the story
Gold, a King is born today
Incense, God is with us
Myrrh, His death will make a way
And by His blood He’ll win us

Son of Adam, Son of heaven
Given as a ransom
Reconciling God and man
Christ our mighty Champion
What a Saviour, what a Friend
What a glorious mystery
Once a babe in Bethlehem
Now the Lord of history

Stuart Townend & Keith Getty
Copyright © 2004 Thankyou Music

Second Week of Advent: Saturday



  1. Psalm 42, Psalm 43
  2. 2 Thess. 3:6-18
  3. Luke 22:31-38

A friend posted this quotation on her facebook profile and it really helped and encouraged me. I’ve been meditating on this quote for the past couple of weeks, and it has reminded me that God loves me and I am “accepted in the Beloved” because of Christ’s redeeming work on the cross.

“In the cross God demonstrates the deepest law of acceptance. For to be convinced that I have been accepted, I must be convinced that I have been accepted at my worst. This is the greatest gift an intimate relationship can offer — to know that we have been accepted and forgiven in the full knowledge of who we are, an even greater knowledge than we have about ourselves. This is what the cross offers.” Rebecca Pippert

Second Week of Advent: Monday



When love came down to earth
And made His home with men,
The hopeless found a hope,
The sinner found a friend.
Not to the powerful
But to the poor He came,
And humble, hungry hearts
Were satisfied again.

What joy, what peace has come to us!
What hope, what help, what love!

When every unclean thought,
And every sinful deed
Was scourged upon His back
And hammered through His feet.
The Innocent is cursed,
The guilty are released;
The punishment of God
On God has brought me peace.

Come lay your heavy load
Down at the Master’s feet;
Your shame will be removed,
Your joy will be complete.
Come crucify your pride,
And enter as a child;
For those who bow down low
He’ll lift up to His side.

Stuart Townend
Copyright © 2001 Thankyou Music