Advent Reflections

AdventWord 2019: 4. Humble

December 4, 2019

In the crypt of the Dormition Abbey in Jerusalem, a painting in an apse represents Mary, the mother of Jesus, surrounded by the disciples on Pentecost. A glittering golden mosaic depicts rays of light descending from a dove: the Holy Spirit is being poured out on every disciple and Mary. While all the disciples have […]

AdventWord 2019: 3. Time

December 3, 2019

More than six years of preparation. Hours and days spent in planes, trains, and automobiles to visit sites for General Convention and to attend meetings around the Church. Eight days to “move in” and one day to “move out” of a convention center for General Convention. Deputations are elected at least 365 days before General […]

AdventWord 2019: 2. Visit

December 2, 2019

We visit because being in relationship is one of our deepest callings from God. We visit because we desire human contact, companionship, friendship, and love. We visit to share a moment in time, to share joys and sorrows We visit to share the essence of who we are with another Visits bring hope, a reminder […]

AdventWord 2019: 1. Unexpected

December 1, 2019

Come, thou long expected Jesus born to set Thy people free; from our fears and sins release us, let us find our rest in Thee. Israel’s strength and consolation, hope of all the earth thou art; dear desire of every nation, joy of every longing heart. The above text is from the well-known hymn by […]

AdventWord: Peace

December 24, 2018

The Episcopal Church works to support peacebuilding, conflict resolution, and reconciliation in our churches, communities, nations, and around the world. We partner with provinces and churches of the Anglican Communion to end violence, create space for healing, and create lasting peace. The Office of Government Relations supports these efforts, urging the U.S. government to promote human […]

AdventWord: Persist

December 23, 2018

St. Augustine’s University (SAU) in Raleigh, N.C., one of the Episcopal Church’s two Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), recently celebrated graduation and the 151st year of providing a quality undergraduate experience to young African-American women and men. One of these young men was Kendrick Cunningham. Like many young people trying to make it through […]

AdventWord: Expect

December 22, 2018

Do you know that moment when you are reading a really good book or watching a really good movie when what you expect to happen doesn’t, and what actually happens is way better than you could have predicted? Fortunately, that was the case for me when I decided to take a leap of faith and […]

AdventWord: Ancestor

December 18, 2018

In the gospel of Matthew, the author starts the stories of Jesus with Jesus’ lineage, often fondly known as the “begats.” The King James Version references lineage like this, “Abraham begat Issac…” Advent season often brings us to consider family, our own “begats,” where we come from, our ancestors.  Some people can trace their family […]

AdventWord: Rejoice

December 16, 2018

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel! In Old Testament and New, rejoicing is not just a response; it’s a command. It’s not a feeling; it’s a practice. “Sing and rejoice, O daughter Zion! For lo, I will come and dwell in your midst, says the Lord,” decrees the prophet Zechariah (Zechariah 2:10). […]

AdventWord: Smooth

December 13, 2018

Luke 3:4-6 “The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord,     make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled,     and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight,     and the rough ways made smooth; and all flesh shall see the salvation […]

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