Friday, December 07, 2012

Advent- Moving from Darkness to Light

Moving from darkness to light is the theme of Advent this year at Jeff Street, my church. I had the good fortune to be on the worship committee for the season and it was especially sweet to allow my dear friend, Sue, who is usually involved, to be surprised with the worship setting and service.

A few of us punched tin cans with stars and put a battery votive inside for each family to take home and bring back each week. Hopefully they can have an advent moment with them along the journey.
I am using mine to reflect on while I carve a rubber stamp for the cover of the bulletin each week.
To punch the cans, fill with water and freeze first. This will keep the can in shape as you punch the design. I used a large nail and hammered my design. Some looked more like stars than others. I punched the bottom half of the can only as that was where the votive would be.

I'll try to get some photos of church this week. We are using different candle each week to create the Advent Wreath which is a change from the standard purple and pink. But effective. The first was a 3x5 navy blue candle surrounded with ivy. The windows were covered with navy fleece and the backs of the chairs had a piece of felt attached with velcro going from darkest blue in the back to white on the front row of chairs. A ladder was covered with blue fabric and the cans were arranged on it. After our circle for communion, a representative of each family was invited to come up and get a tin to take home, return to the circle and light it. I made sure even visitors got one.

It was sweet and I hope folks liked it.

This was the first weeks carving. Meant to be mostly dark. I'm working on the stamp today for this Sunday.

Blessing for Waiting by Jan Richardson

Who wait 
for the night to end
bless them.

Who wait
for the night 
to begin
bless them.

Who wait
in the hospital room
who wait 
in the cell
who wait
in prayer
bless them.

Who wait for new
who wait 
for the phone call
who wait
 for a word
who wait
for a job
a house
a child
bless them. 

Who wait 
for one who
will come home
who wait
for one who
will not come home
bless them.

Who wait with fear
who wait with joy
who wait with peace
who wait with rage

who wait for the end
who wait for the beginning
who wait alone
who wait together
bless them.

Who wait
without knowing 
what they wait for
or why
bless them.

Who wait
when they
should not wait
who wait
when they should be
in motion
who wait 
when they need
to rise
who wait
when they need 
to set out
bless them.

Who wait
for the end
of waiting
who wait
for the fullness 
of time
who wait
emptied and
open and
ready
who wait
for you 
o bless.

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