A Virtual 1-hr Program each Sunday of Advent
Tidings of Comfort and Joy: An Advent of Making
Faith can be a comfort and a struggle. It is, if we let it, always making something new of us. Faith pushes us to question what we think we know. It pulls us beyond who we think we are.
Join facilitator Sheri Brown this Advent to explore what faith is making of you this Advent season … and to practice making a few gifts for the world in response. Our Advent of Making will be a season of making peace, making hope, making comfort, and making joy.
There will be NO stitching, knitting, painting, or woodworking involved, except in a metaphorical sense. In Tidings of Comfort & Joy, gifts will be crafted with the tools each participant brings to the sessions – a willing body, an open heart, a curious mind, and oh yes, a hunger to grow in awareness of and appreciation for God’s goodness and grace.
Advent gift-making sessions will include readings, body movement, contemplation, and conversation. Each session will focus on a specific gift, with participants expected to design and commit to their own gift-making practice for the coming week.
Be not just hearers of the word, but also makers of the word.James 1:22
“Be not just hearers of the word,” counsels James 1:22, “but also makers of the word.” The author of James uses the Greek poieō, the first meaning of which, according to Thayer’s Lexicon, is not DO as commonly translated but MAKE, as in …
- to produce, construct, form, fashion, etc.
- to be the authors of, the cause
- to make ready, to prepare
- to produce, bear, shoot forth
- to acquire, to provide a thing for one’ s self
- to make a thing out of something …
- … (and so on and so forth.)
Disclaimer: Each participant’s making will be a masterpiece, albeit somewhat flawed. These unique imperfections should in no way affect the function of the gift.
- November 27 ~ Making Peace
- December 4 ~ Making Hope
- December 11 ~ Making Comfort
- December 18 ~ Making Joy
Click here to read more about the weekly themes.
Daily Devotions during Advent
Spirit in the Desert offers an Advent-specific daily devotion via email beginning Sunday, November 27 and ending on Christmas Day. If you would like to receive a special devotional reflection by Pr. Steve Holm in your inbox each day during Advent, register here.