Online Advent Meditation

Click this Link to Access a 4 part Meditation on Advent - suggested to do one part a week.

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
 

Preparation and anticipation are in the air - and not just for gifts and meals - but for Christ to meet us anew in the holy season of Advent.

Episcopal bishop and teacher Susan Goff leads us through a meditation on Christ who came, Christ who comes, and Christ who will come again. She invites us to take on some practical and inspiring disciplines in this season, and to contemplate more fully what it truly means to prepare for and anticipate the newness of Christ dwelling in our hearts.

AdventWord - A Global Advent Calendar

The online advent calendar AdventWord, which draws together people’s prayers and meditations around a daily theme, is to operate again in the run-up to Christmas. AdventWord offers 23 meditations and images with an encouragement for people to share pictures and thoughts in response. Last year it created a social media community connecting over 100,000 people in prayer, with about 15,000 images being added across all platforms.

Now in its fourth year, the project was originally devised by the Society of St John the Evangelist. They have now handed it on to the Virginia Theological Seminary, while continuing to assist. The Anglican Communion Office is also continuing to support the initiative.

AdventWord begins on Sunday 3 December 2017. Images and meditations will be made available via email, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. During the 23 days of Advent, a daily email featuring the AdventWord of the day will go out at 5 am in the recipients own time-zone. Respondents are encouraged to share their responses to the meditations and images to the aggregated prayer walls within the advent calendar using social media and the hashtags #AdventWord and the word of the day.

The prayers will be drawn together online at adventword.org. For the first time, the themes for the day are being published in advance, to help people plan ahead and allow more time for creative responses.

Just go to http://adventword.org to sign up!

Advent Day of Service

From the earliest evidence we have that describes what the celebration of the Eucharist looked like in the early Church through every century in the Church’s history to the present, the underlying dynamic has always been the same: Christians gather to celebrate the Eucharist and are then sent forth to live what they have celebrated. Our participation in the Eucharist is not meant to just be one of nourishment for ourselves, but is intended to empower us to go out into the world as the Body of Christ - the eyes, ears, hands and feet of Christ to a world that is in desperate need, acting as Christ to others.


On Sunday, December 14th the Third Sunday of Advent, traditionally the Sunday of Joy, we will practice “Living The Eucharist” in our worship as we make bagged lunches for the Men’s Shelter in Rockville, bringing a little bit of joy to those without. It is our hope that as we “Live the Eucharist” together in community, that it will serve as a reminder of just what this season is about - the Coming of Christ into the world, and how we as people of faith can continue to bring Christ into the lives of others. After the service we will come together for a simple meal of homemade soup and bread. See you on the 14th as we Live the Eucharist!