Posted by: abbiewatters | December 9, 2011

Expecting the Word – Advent Two – Friday

My Advent series this year will follow the Words Matter Advent study from the National Council of Churches. Download the whole booklet if you’d like, and follow along with the writings for each day. I’d love to discuss them with you. Also, here is a link to the Advent readings from the Inclusive Bible. I prefer the more inclusive language here, than the NRSV texts used in the study booklet (be sure to read the note on page 6).

Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13

The devotional today asks us to think about the rhythms of our life, and whether they are reflected in our corporate worship.

I confess that corporate worship at PHPC seems to be diverging from the current rhythms of my life. Since retirement, my life has become much more internalized and introspective. I yearn for an opportunity to participate in more outward expressions of my Christianity, but I’m floundering. When I attend conferences on the “new” or “emerging” church and then return to my home congregation, full of enthusiasm and report on what I’ve heard and learned it seems like the rest of the folks look at me like I have snakes crawling out of my ears.

I realize that one of my spiritual gifts is prophecy, and that most prophets are not appreciated by their peers, but it doesn’t make it any easier.

Thank goodness, I have found a group of like-minded individuals on Twitter and Facebook who are connected with the Presbyterian Church (USA), and who are marching to the same drummer that I hear. The rhythm of change and growth is terrifying to many of my conservative brethren in the church, and I can only pray that through me they can catch a distant echo of what might be possible.


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