Advent is coming… soon and very soon!
I have been struck this year by the wide range of possibilities to help all of us prepare.
Augsburg Fortress offered a deck of cards with daily activities for all. Families Celebrate is portable, meant for use with children under 12, and continues through the feast of Epiphany.
The brothers of the Society of St. John the Evangelist started a daily email reflection for Advent several years ago. They recently partnered with Virginia Seminary, who carry on this ministry through Building Faith. The growing and deepening interconnections may be seen here.
Some local congregations are beginning to explore The Way of Love with Advent-specific resources.
The Advent journey leads us toward home with God within us, among us, and around us. I encourage you to find some incarnate way along that desert road, seeking home in God, and a home for all God’s people.
Jesus and his family were at times both homeless and refugees seeking safety (asylum) in Egypt from Herod’s violence. Jesus as an itinerant preacher and teacher and healer ‘has no place to lay his head’ (Matthew 8:20). Some things have not changed – news of the world around us is filled with stories of migrants, refugees, asylum seekers, and the homeless, all yearning for home.
This Advent, how will you prepare a home in your heart and in your neighborhood?
I have always known myself to be an encourager, helping people recognize the hope and love of God in their lives, as He had shown me. During seminary and later in a hospital residency Clinical Pastoral Education clarified that call for me. I discovered I was at ease talking to new people, offering prayer and […]
On Sunday, September 18, 2022, 52 young people from 7 congregations gathered for an afternoon of fun and games celebrating the kick-off of the youth ministry program year. The article below was written by Nicholas Alcorn, a member of the EDSD Youth Leadership Council and of St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church.The Youth Group Games was a […]
As the autumn season begins, many church—and personal—schedules begin to fill up. Days grow shorter and the list of to-do’s only increase as we inch towards forthcoming holidays. Costumes to be made, goodies to bake, presents to be purchased and so on. Considering the busy-ness of the next few months as we approach Advent, here […]