~ Clement of Rome
Advent is the time when we prepare for the incarnation of our God in a manner that few predicted and even fewer recognized. It is a time of deep evaluation about our God and ourselves, and specifically, our expectations for both. Who do we imagine our God really is in our lives? How do we see ourselves relating to that God? How much do we give ourselves credit for, when we should be condemning our behavior? These are the questions of Advent. Who is He and who are we to Him?
The words above from St. Clement are very appropriate at any time of year. However, they seem to me to be extremely appropriate as we enter the Season of Advent. This preparatory season can be very frustrating. It is a season in which we are pulled in so many directions at once, in which we fill our days with shopping, decorating, traveling and coordinating schedules for an intensely busy Christmas Season, in which our Celebration of the Incarnation often takes a back seat to all of our Secular obligations. When we begin to find ourselves pulled off-center by the obligations of this world, it can quickly lead to a feeling as though we are untethered from God. Maintaining that strong connection to the Divine is crucial to our well-being and an essential part of living into those wonderful things for which we were created.
As we usually do in Advent, we will be gathering in the undercroft of Christ Church on Wednesday nights at 6:30 to study and consider the nature of our relationship with God. This year, we will be looking at the four major states of that relationship. Being, Losing, Seeking, and Finding. We will use stories from Christian Scripture, sacred texts from other religions, literature and more to delve into the state of Being in relationship with God, Losing that relationship, Seeking to reconcile with God and Finding that intimate, immediate connection again. If our past gatherings are any evidence, the topic will lead us into a bevy of personal discussions as well. Join us to learn, to listen and, if appropriate, to share. Feel free to arrive between 6:00 and 6:30 and join us for a light soup/bread type of meal and try to let me or Deacon Rose know if you plan to attend to help us prepare an appropriate amount of food.
~Rev. Canon Aaron Zook
Feast of Margaret of Scots, 2017