Hello Trinity Family,
After this long year of ups and downs, I find myself counting down the days til Christmas. My Advent wreath is out, my Christmas music playlist is queued up, and I’m two days into my Advent Calendar. Reflecting on this week’s readings, I keep going back to the adage “A watched pot never boils,” and in the spirit of Christmas I’ve been asking myself “Does a watched rosebud bloom?” Advent hymns and carols tend to capture this tone: anticipatory and full of hesitant joy. Tonight’s prelude for our Zoom service (offered in lieu of a Youtube meditation) Lo How A Rose E’er Blooming confidently declares the prophecies soon to be fulfilled, but the harmony captures the difficulty of staying awake and ready for a promise so bold and long-awaited. Please join us tonight on Zoom at 7 pm to reflect on these Advent themes together.
Here is the hymn text for your reflection.
Lo, how a Rose e’er blooming
From tender stem hath sprung!
Of Jesse’s lineage coming
As men of old have sung.
It came, a flower bright,
Amid the cold of winter
When half-gone was the night.
Watch, Wait, Wonder, Worship
Wednesdays in Advent, 7 pm
During this season of Advent, we invite you to join us for a live, Zoom midweek worship each Wednesday – December 2, 9, 16, 23 – at 7 pm. Our theme will be shared by many congregations across the ELCA, reminding us that even in this time of pandemic we remain a connected church. These are quiet, meditative services with intentional spaces of silence, readings, and song. To facilitate your participation, we invite you to save this Zoom link (it will be the same for each Wednesday) and to print or download the pages which will serve as your worship folder each week.
The link to the worship materials is HERE.
With the Church of every time and place we pray, Come, Lord Jesus.
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82974416447
Dial in: 1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)
Meeting ID: 829 7441 6447