Hopes and Fears
Advent Nurtures in the Sanctuary
December 22, 2019
12:00 – 1:00 PM
“Yet in the dark streets shineth, the everlasting light,
The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.”
“O Little Town of Bethlehem” by Phillip Brook
These are challenging and complicated times we are living in. Christmas is a season when we open ourselves to light breaking into the darkness. What are the hopes and fears that stir up as you listen to the prophecies, stories and carols of Christmas this year? Has there been a time when you have heard a voice say to you, “Fear not! Do not be afraid?” The Advent nurture will be a time of personal sharing. Six people from our congregation, three each Sunday, will share their hopes and fears, followed by a time of conversation. It will be a time to reflect together on the spiritual wellsprings, inner wisdom, the love of community we draw upon in times of trouble and inner turbulence that help us move through fear to hope, or find the courage and calm to act with hope in the face of fear.
Three people will come prepared with an experience to share, a story to tell about a present struggle or a time in the past when they have swung between fear and hope, or how those experiences have met and mix in their lives. Then we will open the conversation so we can reflect together on how we have leaned into hope in a time of crisis or life-change, loss or new challenge, inner searching or decision-making.