Have you heard it? It’s started, people singing in public. It’s that time year again. Music speaks to our hearts and minds all year around but the music of this season captures us and moves us to do things we might not usually do, aka, singing in public. Watch for it! It’s happening everywhere, grocery stories and at the bank.
The music of this season is special, meaningful and deeply connected to our faith and relationship with God. Music in this holy season: mixes the secular and sacred meet in powerful ways. We can sing songs, most without the words in front of us, but this year I’m inviting you to put the words in front of you and asking you to sit with the hymns of this season in a new way. Our 2018 devotional partners with our old Blue Hymnal. There are questions to ask each day, each day there is a section of scripture and a hymn to read, sing and pray with. Hymnals and devotional sheets will be available December 2. You are invited to take a hymnal and devotional sheet and let your heart sing through this Advent, claiming the hope, peace, joy and love Christ brings to a world that needs light, that needs new life and that needs salvation.
Jan Richardson says, The season of Advent means there is something on the horizon the likes of which we have never seen before … What is possible is to not see it, to miss it, to turn just as it brushes past you. And you begin to grasp what it was you missed, like Moses in the cleft of the rock, watching God’s [back] fade in the distance. So stay. Sit. Linger. Tarry. Ponder. Wait. Behold. Sing. Wonder. There will be time enough for running. For rushing. For worrying. For pushing. For now, stay. Wait. Linger in the words that wrap our hearts and the melodies that keep us company. Something is on the horizon.
This Advent may we wait with the songs of the season, hearing our own prayers, doubts, longings and needs lifted up alongside praise, and glory given to God. May God Bless your Advent that in your Christmas, you may meet God a new in the Christ.
~ Pastor’s Office Hours ~
You can find Sharyl in her office Tuesday & Wednesday 10 AM-2PM and always available by appointment. She is in her office other times each week but these are set aside for conversation, questions and prayer. Have you seen her cross collection? Stop in a have a cup of tea and conversation.
She’d love to hear your questions, opinions, stories and welcome you.
Fridays are her day off but of course ~ call if you have a pastoral emergency.