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Waiting with Imagination By: Katie Scott

As a young parent, my Christmas tune recall has made room in my brain for an equally endless supply of nursery rhymes and Daniel Tiger jingles (a modern extension of Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood).  The rituals of the Christmas season are closely tied to the songs we hear faintly playing at the grocery store while we pass the candy canes and holiday ham display.  At home, trimming the Christmas tree demands the listening to King’s College Christmas music. Setting out the Nativity means singing the chorus of “Away in a Manger”. Hearing Tchaikovsky makes us want to dance with the Sugar Plum Fairy. As songs are tied to rituals, rituals are tied to songs.

So when my children are fighting over a toy, or potty training, or struggling to follow directions I think, “Daniel Tiger has a song for that!” So, it’s fitting that every time my husband says “I can’t wait for Christmas this year!” or my girls say “I can’t wait to light the pink candle” on the Advent wreath, I think, “There’s a song for that!” “When you wait, you can play, sing or imagine anything.”

And, though my endearing jingle, it is often met with eye rolling or a “come on, Mom!”, it’s effective. It not only reminds them that waiting is hard but that waiting is necessary and waiting can be fun (or at least thought provoking).

This jingle may seem a little silly in the context of Advent.  Words like play, sing, or imagine sound childish.  The Church is serious about this “waiting thing”. Christ’s birth is actually a really big deal. The second coming of Christ is an equally big deal.  We often feel like the playing and singing and imagining can happen for children but, as grown ups, we have mastered the whole “waiting thing”. We never have a mean word to say when sitting on hold with the credit card company or stuck in holiday traffic, right?

If you have not mastered waiting you are not alone. The lectionary readings this week continue to follow the stories of waiting throughout Scripture.  In Matthew, Jesus tells the disciples that their waiting will be long and hard but it will be worth it. In Luke, we see Zechariah and Elizabeth at the end of their waiting and embarking on the next part of their journey. Revelation we hear from John. Though he was exiled to a remote island, God speaks to him and through him to the church.

I pray this season that your waiting will be fun (or, again, at least thought provoking). May your packed calendar of Christmas parties be playful preparation for God’s coming.  May the songs you sing in worship, not only be sung because its written in the liturgy but because it is a way to pass through waiting together, imagine what is to come through the one WHO is to come.  Waiting is hard whether you are 2 or 92 but we are called to try our best to wait faithfully.

Pray for your own sense of waiting. What are you waiting for in your life?

Pray for God’s Church. How can we play, sing, and imagine God’s Kingdom as we wait for Christ to come again.

Click here to read today’s daily Lectionary reading.

Waiting with Imagination By: Katie Scott2020-09-08T16:05:27-05:00

Lectionary Lunches during Advent

 

Every Wednesday in Advent there will be an opportunity to share a brown bag lunch and conversation with friends in Hollis Hall. Come and hear a brief message related to Advent from the daily lectionary and see if regular lectionary readings might be a good spiritual practice for you.

  • Wednesday, December 20 @12:00 p.m.

Click HERE for a list of daily readings to reflect on for the season of Advent.

Lectionary Lunches during Advent2020-09-08T16:05:29-05:00

An Invitation to Advent By: Rev. Will Scott

We repeat the same pattern every Advent. The storage closet opens uncovering boxes of decorations and ornaments. The Christmas tree stand makes an appearance from its home in the basement. Bows and wreaths affix to walls. The nutcracker gets danced around the living room. Advent is the season of waiting and preparation for Christmas; it’s still a few days out and we’re already on our way.

Many of us prepare our homes for company this season. We decorate the house and make special foods. We clean the guest room and get ready to host faraway family to join the festivities.

Advent is one of those seasons where we near a high point of faith. Christmas is coming—God in Jesus Christ is coming so that we might know the fullness of God’s love for us. How are we going to prepare? How are going to dust out the empty corners of our souls and prepare them for the God who is coming?

This Advent I would like to invite you to try something new. Read the Bible with me—or your family. Try to read a Psalm today, or commit to reading a book of the Bible. If you would like a guide of what to read, explore the daily lectionary: a calendar of readings which provides Psalms, an Old Testament, New Testament, and Gospel reading for every day of the year. Follow the link here. (Advent will begin Year 2 of the Daily Lectionary Cycle).

This week’s lectionary begins us with a humble prayer from the evening Psalm:

 4Make me to know your ways, O LORD;
teach me your paths.
5   Lead me in your truth, and teach me,
for you are the God of my salvation;
for you I wait all day long. (Psalm 25:4-5).

If you would like company along the paths of faith, consider reading along in the lectionary; and join us Wednesdays at the church at noon throughout Advent. Bring a lunch and come talk about what you have been reading. Join in the preparation and help us make room for God in Jesus Christ.

An Invitation to Advent By: Rev. Will Scott2020-09-08T16:05:29-05:00
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