November 25, 2018

OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST,
KING OF THE UNIVERSE

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JUBILEE YEAR CELEBRATION
WE REMEMBER, WE CELEBRATE, WE BELIEVE
1943-2018
Join us as we culminate our Jubilee Year on the First Sunday of Advent December 1st and 2nd at each Celebration of the Eucharist.

  • The Sounding of the Shofar
  • The Singing of the Shema
  • Our Jubilee Hymn, Sing A New Church
  • Jubilee Homily – “Singing Our Future”

A Little Calm Before The Holiday Rush
Experience Peace in the Stillness of Your Heart
The sound of a tea kettle whistle, an alarm ringing, a credit card chip reader honking all shatter our peace and propel us to do something to silence the noise. This month before Christmas with the endless activity can shatter our peace and produce some very cranky people. We desire to silence the noise and to be in a peaceful spirit. Prayer is the key that sets us free. Prayer may not change our circumstances, but it works miracles in attitudes. Prayer is the key to setting realistic goals, prioritizing tasks, discovering inner peace — no matter how loudly the whistles, alarms and honks scream around us. We are invited to hear in prayer our God whisper the saving words, “Be still and know that I am God.”

Below you will find a hymn for reflection and suggested prayer practices which may still and fill our hearts with peace.

Meditation and Hymn
           MY SOUL IN STILLNESS WAITS
                                                             Marty Haugen
Refrain: For you oh Lord, my soul in stillness waits.
Truly, my hope is in you.

1.   Oh Lord of Light, our only hope of glory.
     Your radiance shines in all who look to you.
     Come light the hearts of all in dark and shadow.

Refrain: For you oh Lord, my soul in stillness waits.
                Truly, my hope is in you.
2.  Oh Spring of Joy, rain down upon our spirits.
     Our thirsty hearts are yearning for your Word.
     Come, make us whole; be comfort to our hearts.

Refrain: For you oh Lord, my soul in stillness waits.
Truly, my hope is in you.

3.  Oh Root of Life, implant your seed within us, and
      In your advent draw us all to you;
     Our hope’s reborn, in dying and in rising.

Refrain: For you oh Lord, my soul in stillness waits.
Truly, my hope is in you.

 4.  Oh Key of Knowledge, guide us in our pilgrimage.
      We ever seek, yet unfulfilled remain.
      Open to us the pathway of your peace.

Refrain: For you oh Lord, my soul in stillness waits
 Truly, my hope is in you.

 5.  Come, let us bow before the God who made us.
      Let every heart be opened to the Lord,
      For we are all the people of His hand.

Refrain: For you oh Lord, my soul in stillness waits.      
Truly, my hope is in you.
6.  Here we shall meet the maker of the heavens,
     Creator of the mountains and the seas.
     Lord of the stars, and present to us now.

 Refrain: For you oh Lord, my soul in stillness waits.
Truly, my hope is in you.

Reflection Activity
IN STILLNESS
Directions:
Choose a Verse from the Hymn above and read prayerfully.
Follow along with the suggestions below.
End each prayer session with the hymn refrain.

Activity 1:   Verse 1
Light a candle. In stillness see the light as a symbol of God’s warmth and love.Invite God to lighten your heart and free you from all shadows.
After a few moments answer the questions:
How is God calling me to radiate light to others?
What action will I take?

Activity 2:   Verse 2
Fill a bowl or glass with water. In stillness see this as a symbol of God’s healing and refreshment.Invite God to quench the thirst of your mind and heart and fill you with peace.
After a few moments answer the questions:
Who is God inviting me to comfort or encourage?
What action will I take?

Activity 3:   Verse 3
Look at the roots of a plant in a pot or in the earth. In stillness see the roots as a symbol of God’s Providence.Invite God to fill you with strength and hope rooted in God’s desire to do for us what we cannot do for ourselves.
After a few moments answer the questions:
Who needs me to be a source of strength or hope for them?
What action will I take?

Activity 4:   Verse 4
Sit and open both of your hands, palms up on your lap.In stillness see your hands as a symbol of God’s gift of life to you.Invite God to hold your hand while you thank God for 10 things, people or gifts for which you are grateful – use your fingers to count.
After a few moments – pray for 10 people for whom you give thanks, express your gratitude to at least one of them today.

Activity 5:   Verse 5
Look at the sky, day or night. In stillness see the sky as a symbol of God’s Glory, eternal presence and personal gift for you.Invite God to fill you with awe and the “WOW” of God’s indwelling Spirit.
After a few moments answer the questions:
What one thing can I do to bring beauty to the life of another person?
What action will I take?

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