Come, Lovely Soul

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Come, Lovely
Soul

A sermon preached by
Rev. Ginger E. Gaines-Cirelli at Foundry UMC December 14, 2014, the third
Sunday of Advent.

Texts:  Isaiah 61:1-4,8-11; John 1:6-8,19-28; J.S.
Bach’s Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme       

 

The Cantata woven through our
worship today employs the image of a wedding feast celebrating the relationship
between the lover, Jesus, and the beloved, the Church.  The story is of the joyful anticipation of
the lover’s approach and of the life and fullness that the relationship will
bring.  This Advent Mass is appropriate
for the third Sunday of Advent—or Gaudete
(“rejoice” in Latin) S [...]