Advent 4 – 2017

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Nativity Set Reveals, video, The Corner Uniting Church, 2017.

This week unexpected gift of waiting.  Those at Wednesday nights study or the many doing the study at home, explored waiting – for something we wanted or something did not want.


What have you been waiting for this week?

For something we wanted – expectation heightened positive feelings – filled with hope.


During this week, where have you found hope? Being bouyed by that hope, how have you expressed hope so that others may have noticed you have hope?


Another thing that happens when we are waiting is the opportunity to truly embrace the present. To be conscious or aware of the present.


We have been waiting to celebrate Jesus’ birth – Christmas day with all that that brings.

Lets hear the story that originally announced the time of waiting – Angel Gabriel telling Mary of her pregnancy

Luke 1: 26-38 (NRSV)

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, ‘Greetings, favoured one! The Lord is with you.’ But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. The angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob for ever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.’ Mary said to the angel, ‘How can this be, since I am a virgin?’ The angel said to her, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God. And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.’ Then Mary said, ‘Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.’ Then the angel departed from her.

 

 

What do you think made it possible for Mary to say “Yes, here am I” to this call of God? Where is the power and meaning in this story for you?


Mark Hewitt, 24th December 2017
at The Corner Uniting Church, Warradale, South Australia.

Dear God
All around us people are waiting
In hope, in expectation
In despair, in desperation
For one thing to start or another to end.

We pray for those who are
Waiting for justice
Waiting for good news
Waiting to feel safe
Waiting for forgiveness
Waiting for a rift to heal
Waiting for answers
Waiting to get a job
Waiting to catch a break
Waiting for test results
Waiting for the pain to end
Waiting for acceptance
Waiting to be loved.

Please grant us the patience to rest and be,
And open our hearts to the gift of waiting.
May the world know your love for us
Which is something we never have to wait for.

In Jesus’ name we pray,

Amen.

-©Marianne Musgrove 2017

Advent 4, Prayerful Colouring, ©Mark Hewitt 2017.

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