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IPC Advent 2020: Drawing Near – Actively Waiting With Hope, Peace, Joy and Love!
November 29 @ 9:15 am - 10:30 am
Draw near to the Divine, and all that is Sacred will draw near to you.
James 4.8 paraphrased
This Advent we are reminded in strange and wondrous ways of the “nearness’ of the divine.” Social distancing is our new way of life, and yet advent literally means “come toward.” As we journey together through Advent in 2020, we’ll actively wait; hoping, making peace, joyfully loving; intentionally acknowledging the sacred is already among us, here and now, being born and reborn for the good of all creation.
Join us as we ask together, “how will wonder and care be embodied in our city? How will we embody the nearness of the divine?”
Lynn Ellen Raisl is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Please have your first and last name on your Zoom account. We use the waiting room for security and we need to see your name before we let you in.
Meeting ID: 859 7252 5737
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Mary and Elizabeth by Lauren Wright Pittman
This week November 29 – the first Sunday in Advent with Spiritual Director Candyce Rennegarbe. Candyce Engquist Rennegarbe is a spiritual companion who meets with people individually and also offers classes for adult education in deepening spirituality. She retired from teaching at Tacoma Community College where she taught English and offered professional development to community college faculty members around the state and country. Her masters is in education from San Francisco State University.
Advent Angel Sightings – Showing Up and Here I Am
Draw near to the Divine, and all that is Sacred will draw near to you. James 4.8 paraphrase
. . .continually acknowledging the sacred is already among us, here and now, being born and reborn for the good of all creation. Advent Nurture 2020
We proclaim the nearness of the Divine. All is holy. How do we recognize the angels among us, and can we hear their message? What can the story of Elizabeth, Zechariah, and Mary teach us about these angel visits? Ruth Ann Lonardelli in her book Another Way Home quotes Meister Eckart as saying that we are all meant to be Mothers of God. What does this mean?
We will explore the Bible stories of the Angel Gabriel visiting Elizabeth, Zechariah, and Mary:
- to learn how to surrender and open our eyes and hearts to the angels among us who appear with gifts and new life;
- to observe how to wait in gratitude and prepare for birth; and
- to seek community with an increased capacity for love, freedom, and joy.
The process will be to hear their stories, see their modern or historical pictures, and choose to walk in the lives of one of these biblical figures who might be beckoning you. Time will be spent in small groups of 2 or 3 to listen and share your thoughts with each other.
It is possible that the events of this past year have opened us and prepared us to be even more open to the sacred being among us.
Prayer we’ll be using each week:
Freedom-giving, wonder-working God! We remember where we came from and that we are not in the same place anymore.
Thank you for all the interventions great and small that have brought us to this place. Keep us in a place of remembrance and gratitude.
Keep us moving, Holy Spirit, away from stagnant and lifeless ritual; away from thanklessness and selfishness; away from forgetting all you brought us through. Shape and counsel us in wilderness ways and strip us of the dehumanizing empire you saved us from.
Hope is an unpredictable guide; help us to trust hope as our compass that leads toward love and freedom.
We might feel the urge to snuff out hope in order to survive a low despairing season. Protect hope from us in those times and grace us with your companionship as we sit in the dust.
Be the midwife to our deliverance every time; shifting and pulling us and cradling us with joy.
Thank you for creating us Beloved and giving us the capacity to love others through their journeys as you would love us through ours.
In the name of Jesus, our liberator and the fulfillment of hope. amen
Quote by Chevi Chung, Tacoma Arts Community Programs Specialist