Here is a wonderful meditation written by Amanda Meisenheimer. She is the Youth and Family minister at Riverside Church in New York city. It is part of the Be Still and Go Podcast.
How Are We Going to Get Through This?
How are we going to get through this?
What will we do with the grief?
What do our lives look like without our loved ones?
What does our nation look like without hundreds of thousands of people?
How does a world population process a collective trauma it has spread itself out in a thick layer on all the other traumas of History like the still filth on top of a stagnant pond?
On top of climate change, on top of poverty, on top of Oppression, on top of War, now is poured pestilence, now is poured death, now is poured loss.
The drama swamp slows our feet so we can hardly put one foot in front of the other. Our elders are lonely. Our singles are isolated. Our parents are overwhelmed. our children are learning and socializing in two dimensions.
Our pockets are empty. Wall Street is full. And here in the center in the big middle of the crisis with months behind us and months ahead of us comes Advent. Advent with its waiting in anticipation. Advent with its promise of something better. Advent with the hope of Emmanuel God With Us like a vaccine.
On the horizon that will set us free to hug and kiss and sing, Advent Promises of salvation...but like a vaccine on the horizon. Maybe we are not sure if it's too good to be true.
We could hope in a savior, but we've been disappointed before.
There are many underfunded, overhyped charismatic corrupt false hopes around us. We know them each by name. How dare we hope just one more time. Well, we could we could hope for a courageous mother to deliver her baby under a cloud of Empire. We could hope for a faithful father to raise a son who grows up to care for the lives of women and children. We could hope for a prince of peace wonderful counselor to mend the ravaged Earth beneath us and people around us.
We could hope for Emmanuel God With Us.
And we must, we must hope. Yes, we are lonely. Yes, we are isolated, sick, empty, poor and overwhelmed, but take heart my friend. Hope is on the horizon. We will Embrace again. We will sing again. We will gather again. We will break bread together again. We will feel the pulse of another's heart again. Our elders will laugh. Our children will learn. Our parents will rest. Our singles will dance and we will heal. Help is on the way.
HYMN OF THE MONTH by Beth Kerzee
Advent 2020 Hymn of the Season - My Soul in Stillness Waits for You
This is the hymn we sing in response to the lighting of the Advent Wreath each Sunday in Advent.
My Soul in Stillness Waits for you - It’s called Advent, people, and it’s crucial to our understanding of Christmas.
In Advent, we put ourselves in the place of the faithful who had waited generations for their promised King. Our four-week period of hope and expectation encapsulates the longing and yearning into which Jesus finally, miraculously arrived. Advent slows us down and restores our hearts and minds so that the heaven-born Prince of Peace can be fully born in our hearts once again.
People of God take time to ponder anew the mysterious reality of the Incarnation. Allow yourselves to feel the emptiness and allow it to be filled with joyous hope in the coming Messiah, through whom all of creation would be made whole. Christmas may come but once a year, but the discipline of Advent can allow the incarnational reality to take root in our lives, and to mold us and make us into the church we’re called to be.
Composer: Marty Haugen (b.1950 - ),
A prolific liturgical composer with many songs included in hymnals across the liturgical spectrum of North American hymnals and beyond, with many songs translated into different languages. He was raised in the American Lutheran Church, received a BA in psychology from Luther College, yet found his first position as a church musician in a Roman Catholic parish at a time when the Roman Catholic Church was undergoing profound liturgical and musical changes after Vatican II. Finding a vocation in that parish to provide accessible songs for worship, he continued to compose and to study, receiving an MA in pastoral studies at the University of St Thomas in St Paul Minnesota. A number of liturgical settings were prepared for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and more than 400 of his compositions are available from several publishers, especially GIA Publications, who also produced some ep recordings of his songs.
He is composer-in-residence at Mayflower Community Congregational Church in Minneapolis and continues to compose and travel to speak and teach at worship events around the world.
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A New Book for the Book Study
Beginning TODAY - December 3rd @4:00
A chance encounter with a reproduction of Rembrandt’s The Return of the Prodigal Son catapulted Henri Nouwen on an unforgettable spiritual adventure. Here he shares the deeply personal and resonant meditation that led him to discover the place within where God has chosen to dwell.
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