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Join us this Advent season as we prepare our hearts and minds for Christmas!

The 2022 Digital Advent Retreat is here! Each Wednesday in Advent, we will meditate on a different ‘Advent A’ word through Scripture, music, and hands-on activities. Starting November 30, you will find each week’s content below. We look forward to celebrating with you!

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Digital Advent Retreat 2022

Scripture
“Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.”

Luke 2:25

Reflection
In this gift-giving season, many of us eagerly await the delivery of each new package. We look forward to gathering with family or friends, even counting down the days. Perhaps the holidays bring a needed respite from school or work. Some simply wait for all the hustle and bustle to be over. For all of us, this season is one of anticipation.

And so it was at the first Christmas. The Israelites, God’s chosen people, trusted His promise to send a Messiah—a savior, anointed by Yahweh. They spent hundreds of years in exile, oppressed, and unable to worship as God’s Law instructed. Father taught son, mother reminded daughter—the Messiah will come!

Anticipation is part of God’s good design for salvation and redemption. In the waiting we recognize more and more deeply the need for Christ’s coming, both in a manger thousands of years ago and again in victory. Anticipation grows our desire for the best gift—Emmanuel, God with us.

Song
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

Activity
Bake Rosemary Sweet Potato Rolls
This delicious dish involves a lot of waiting, smelling rich scents that need hours before they become tastes. How does this experience compares to picking up a pre-made tasty treat at a café?

Scripture
“Thus says the Lord:
‘A voice is heard in Ramah,
lamentation and bitter weeping.
Rachel is weeping for her children;
she refuses to be comforted for her children,
because they are no more.’”

Jeremiah 31:15

Reflection
The knowledge that mourning will be turned to joy does not put an end to the mourning. Promised restoration does not undo loss.

God’s Word does not gloss over the poignancy of our anguish; it affirms the brokenness of this world and the deep pain it inflicts. More importantly, God’s Son stepped down from His throne to suffer with and for us. Jesus came into this world and left it in tears. Because He is Emmanuel, God With Us, He is a man of sorrows, well acquainted with grief.

And even though we know it ends with joy, the Lord in His wisdom gave us a Christmas story that is incomplete without anguish. May we have the courage to hear and to tell the whole story this Advent season.

Song
My God, My God

Activity
Consider Boc Su Jung’s sculpture Hand of the Victorious. What about this piece captures your attention? How does this representation compare to how you envision victory?

Week 3 content will be released December 14! 

Week 4 content will be released December 21! 

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