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Advent 2023: YesterYear by James Robinson



 

Listen to my instruction and be wise; do not disregard it.

Proverbs 8:33

 

First Sunday After Christmas



The early morning chill of fall is a reminder that Advent is on the horizon. As we look forward to this great time of joy and celebration in Christ, I lament the changes in our church post-Covid. 


Recently, I was following the closing worship service at another district's Annual Conference. The worshipers recited The Apostles Creed. My generation learned Creed as children and now I found myself struggling to follow along. At first, I blamed the struggle on my aging and then I surmised it more than likely is the result of our not using it in service any longer. We also would stand and sing the hymn of preparation just before the sermon. I love being back in my church and I also miss these rituals that, to many, are part of being an African Methodist. 


I believe in God, the Father, almighty, maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord... Ritual and liturgy are good for the body and soul.


Brother James F. Robinson

Steward Emeritus

 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, grant us wisdom to include and exclude the language of our ancestors throughout our worship. Amen

 

Advent Guide 2023


As we stand in expectation of peace on Earth and reflect on the events of our times and the lives of our brothers, sisters and siblings in Christ, we await change and new birth.


We seek, listen and perceive the presence of God in words of Hope, Peace, Joy and Love.


We invite you to join us in meditation, reflection, prayer and spiritual disciplines throughout the season of Advent and beyond.


Read along with us each day or download the book to read and reflect along with us offline.



 

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