These weeks when we cannot gather in person for Sunday worship, Lakewood United Church of Christ is providing brief weekly sabbath programs for you to listen to on your own or with others in your social isolation group. They will be posted on Friday so that you can schedule your sabbath time to suit your schedule and your spiritual inclinations. We hope these programs are of spiritual support to you in these difficult times.
The post this week focuses on the theme for the first Sunday of Advent – hope.
This post includes a scripture reading, a reflection from Rev. Kim Wells and a music video by Hilton Jones. We hope this post helps to feed your spirit in these difficult times as we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus.
You are invited to find a quiet space, inside or outside. Light a candle. Take a look around you. Breathe. Life-giving breath. Be present.
You may begin with this reading:
“It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are thoroughly alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger after them.”
–George Eliot, 19th century
When you are ready, start the video/audio below.
(For written text of the above video click HERE.)
As you listen to the music that follows, you are invited to notice the thoughts and feelings that arise for you.
In closing, you are invited to read the following poem –
Out in a downpour
in a sopping wet
And you have gone to a distant country.
letter after letter
just asking when,
my lord, when
are you coming?
trans. Andrew Schelling
Breathe. Breathe again. Be filled. With longing. Extinguish your candle and engage whatever may come with a sense of peace and a desire to serve.
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The mission of Lakewood United Church of Christ, as part of the Church Universal, is to:
- Celebrate the presence and power of God in our lives and in our world;
- Offer the hospitality and inclusive love of Christ to all people;
- Work for God’s peace and justice throughout creation.
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