Advent is about watching and waiting – for the birth of the Savior and for his return to this broken, suffering world to redeem it. Each year, I watch and wait for this very day, the first time we gather for a meal and for Holden Evening Prayer. There is something sacred about this experience, in coming together in the cold and dark of a Wednesday evening, to eat together and to light candles against the darkness. The hauntingly beautiful notes of Holden Evening Prayer express our deep longing for Christ’s presence. Mary’s song reminds us that Christ is born to all, even the lowliest and most humble among us. I hope you are able to pause what you are doing and come this evening to the Presbyterian Church of Floyd at 5:30 pm. Come in what you have on; you don’t have to bring anything, for the meal is taken care of. Come, eat a sandwich and a bowl of soup, then let the wonder of God’s love wash over you as you join in prayer for what is and what is to come.
Zion is having new heating systems installed throughout the building, so our parish will have one worship service this coming Sunday, December 6 at 10:30 am at St. Mark in Willis. Both congregations will have the Hanging of the Greens service the following Sunday, December 13, at the regular worship times. (If you see Walt Way, please thank him for his hard work in overlooking the heating installation. Walt, you rock!)
“One of the essential paradoxes of Advent: that while we wait for God, we are with God all along ,that while we need to be reassured of God’s arrival, or the arrival of our homecoming, we are already at home. While we wait, we have to trust, to have faith, but it is God’s grace that gives us that faith. As with all spiritual knowledge, two things are true, and equally true, at once. The mind can’t grasp paradox; it is the knowledge of the soul.” - Michelle Blake
Yours in Christ,