Meditation on Advent
It is just like Church to make Advent a season of patience, waiting, and contemplation. It is just like Church to have the noisiest, busiest time of the year infused with an unachievable expectation. Life is crazy. Semesters are finishing. Holiday parties fill the calendar. Relatives are coming to town. Presents need to be bought. Decorations sit ready. Vacations await.
And yet, friends, I am going to ask you, even in the midst of this chock-a-block time, to “purify your souls by obedience to the truth” (1Pet 1:22). And what truth might that be? The truth that God came. What obedience is required? Attention to this truth. And how might that happen? Prayer and/or fasting and/or worship and/or study… any one of the spiritual practices. And toward what ends? Quietude in your soul. For those of you that have found moments of silence in your own soul, you know that there is no greater peace, for our souls belong to God (Ezek 18:4).
Advent marks the beginning of the Christian calendar year and asks us to sit with God. And as we do, we ask ourselves: “What will it be like to walk with God in the world?” “What will happen if we stroll down the street arm in arm with our Lord?” “How will things change?” “Will people laugh and sing with me?” “Will I be scorned and rejected?” “Will the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead be raised, and the poor have good news brought to them?” (Matt 11:5-6).
Advent is a season to let our imaginations be filled with ideas about what the world might be like if our Lord ruled. It is the season when we imagine what we might be able to do if Jesus were present in the flesh and blood and if we were his partner in revealing this world as the kingdom of heaven.
And so, set aside time to imagine. That is the Advent expectation: Hope, in quiet expectation as a mother hopes, as a mother imagines what the child in her womb will be like. Let the beauty of this Advent season sit in your heart gently, quietly, as if your very soul were rocking the Christ child in your arms.
Welcome to Epiphany,
New Senior Associate Priest Ruth Anne Garcia!
Don’t miss this special evening:
Epiphany Choristers Sing Their First Choral Evensong
December 3 at 5 pm in the Chapel
Reception in the Fireside Room follows Evensong.
Eucharist will be celebrated in the Church following Evensong.
An evening of fellowship. Bring your favorite savories & sweets. Beverages provided, including a seasonal cocktail. For inquiries, please call Joseph at206-402-8467 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
During Evening Prayer we celebrate the incarnation of Christ, Christ coming to the world in the form of a person and living among us. The words of the Magnificat, the song that Mary sang when she was told that she was going to have a baby who would be God’s son, are said during the service.
Please join fellow parishioners at 5:30 pm every Wednesday in Advent for a quiet, reflective 30 minute service as we await the coming of Christ.
Lay homilists this year are Bailey Kimmel, Jason Williams, and Ryan Klein.
Step away from the holiday busyness and into a holy space of quiet reflection for a time of prayer, listening, creating, and feeding your soul for a few hours or the whole day.
Pray, play with art supplies, and simply be quiet. Feel free to come for part or all of the time; drop-ins welcome. Lunch and snacks provided.
Contact Diana Bender (email@example.com or 206-459-9140) for questions or to register.
11 am – Orientation to Day of Silence in Fireside Room
12 to 12:30 pm – Lunch available in Fireside Room Kitchen
1:30 pm – Guided meditation with Pieter Drummond
5 pm – Evening Prayer in the Great Hall
– The Chapel will be open for prayer with Taize´ music and the Labyrinth.
– The Icon Room will be open for silent prayer.
– The Fireside Room will have couches and tables with art supplies and prayer exercises.
– The Garden Room will be open as a quiet space for journaling and relaxation.
Please help make the holidays brighter for families living in YWCA shelter housing. As in previous years, Epiphany will help in two ways:
1. We adopt 30 YWCA families, providing two presents (approx. $40 each) per child and a $50 Safeway grocery card for a holiday meal. Half of the families have one child and half have two. You can adopt one or more of these families by emailing Sherilyn Peterson at firstname.lastname@example.org and telling her if you have a preference for one or two child families. She will get you the specific family details. The gifts need to be wrapped and delivered to church with the grocery card by the start of the 11 am service on Sunday December 10. You will see an Adopt-a-Family Tree in the Church starting Thanksgiving weekend. The ornaments on that tree simply have a reminder about how to adopt a family but you do not need to take an ornament. Just email Sherilyn. If adopting a family is more than you can take on yourself, consider teaming up with others to adopt a family together!
2. There will also be another YWCA Giving Tree in the Church starting Thanksgiving weekend which will have ornaments on it, each specifying a gift for a child or teenager. These gifts need to be delivered unwrapped to church by the start of the 11 am service on Sunday, December 10. These gifts are for children that move into shelter housing so close to the holidays that they are not yet part of the Adopt-a-Family program. The December 10th deadline is important to allow us to transport the gifts to the YWCA in time for them to organize and distribute the gifts.
Thank you all for your generosity. We at Epiphany are blessed in so many ways. We can share our blessings with those less fortunate.
Christmastide Flower Fund
During our Christmastide services, we decorate our church with evergreens and poinsettias. You can remember a special person or event in our Christmas bulletins donating to the Epiphany Parish Flower Fund. Perhaps you would like to acknowledge the birth of a baby, a marriage or a loved one now departed.
Download form here.
If you or someone you know has a farm animal connection or is interested in the role of Chief Pageant Animal Wrangler, please contact Elizabeth Walker at email@example.com.
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