The Coming Fullness of God’s Kingdom

December 2, 2012

Today’s Reflection

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ADVENT IS A FITTING TIME to remember that we are all members of the body of Christ. Individual efforts do not sustain faith. We need the spirit of God to assist us in all things, but we also need each other. … We need to learn to rely on one another in all seasons of our lives and to practice being present with those with whom we share community on a regular basis. Let us imagine a believing community that exhibits hope and belief to those who find themselves wearied by the spiritual journey. This collective bearing of strengths and struggles is one way we, as a unified body of Christ, learn to faithfully wait together for the coming fullness of God’s kingdom.

- Enuma Okoro
Silence and Other Surprising Invitations of Advent

From pages 33-34 of Silence and Other Surprising Invitations of Advent by Enuma Okoro. Copyright © 2012 by Enuma Okoro. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

What is your favorite communal worship experience during this season? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
Luke 21:33, NRSV

This Week: pray for those who struggle to forgive. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section below.

Did You Know?

It’s not too late to join Upper Room eLearning for this year’s online Advent retreat, Singing Mary’s Song: An Advent Message of Hope and Deliverance. Daily meditations, audio readings, and online small group discussions will take us from December 3 – December 29 (eRetreat classroom opens November 30) all from your computer. Join in anytime from anywhere you have Internet access. Learn more.

Saints, Inc.:

This week we remember Sister Dorothy Kazel (November 12).

Lectionary Readings

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robert moeller December 2, 2012 at 2:17 am

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service either early in the evening or ending at midnight.

Your grace , Lord, empowers us to forgive as you forgive. Thank you!

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Buzz December 3, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Agreed Robert.

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Jill December 2, 2012 at 4:44 am

On Christmas Eve – I go over to a dear friend’s house, have dinner with her, her husband and my god children. We then go to a Christmas Eve service at their church. Afterwards we drive through local neighborhoods and look at the lights and decorations. Then we go back to their house and have coffee, cocoa and cookies.

This morning, I am looking forward to communion as we begin this Advent season.

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heidi December 2, 2012 at 5:29 am

That’s easy.

Gathering wherever we gather, lifting our voices in the songs of the season, walking first through the dark despair of the women (“Lully Lullay”), the pain-filled cries (“O Come, O Come Emmanuel”), anticipating the birth in word and song (Isaiah 9:2-7) and finally, singing out for the world to know (“Joy to the World”).

Story and song. Christ the Savior is born.

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Betsy December 2, 2012 at 7:39 am

Tonight, we begin the annual Advent Walk at all the downtown churches. We “travel” as the early Christian did, from church to church to share the Advent story and celebrate the coming of Christ. Methodists, Lutherans, Presbyterians, Catholics, Baptists and Episcopalians all come together to fellowship togher. It is so neat to see the clergy in all their different vestments as the Christ Candle leads all of us through the streets to each of the churches. This is the time that I get my heart ready for the Advent Season.

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heidi December 2, 2012 at 5:20 pm

How wonderful, Betsy! I would enjoy that an awful lot!

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Jeannie December 3, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Over at the Upper Room Books blog you can share more about your Advent journey. We’ll be reflecting on readings from both our Advent resources: SILENCE by Enuma Okoro and SINGING MARY’S SONG by John Stroman.

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