Advent Week 3 – Preparing for Meeting for Worship (Luke 3:10-17)

Good Afternoon Friends,

Feeling inundated with emails yet? If not, let me know. I am sure I can come up with a couple more things to send out! ;-p

I am looking forward to this evening’s last Soup and Bread discussion, we have a number of guests joining us this evening to share their stories with us.

A couple other things coming up:

  • This Saturday 9-12pm – work party to help get the 1007 3rd ave house rent-ready.
  • The Children will be singing Christmas songs during our meeting for worship on Sunday December 23.
  • Christmas Eve Candle Light Service 6pm
  • No Soup and Bread (after tonight) for the next three Wednesdays. We will resume on January 9th with a discussion to learn more about the Muslim faith.

Sunday Morning Text:

Can you believe that this Sunday is already the third week of Advent? So far this season we have focused on paying attention and healing as parts of the process of advent and any significant transitions we face in life. This third area we will address on Sunday is movement.

Christmas is about movement, it is about God’s movement towards us, and it is about humanity moving and changing. This movement is a direct cause of our experience of God’s movement towards us and our relationship with Christ. A thriving life in the Spirit is one in which we get out of our stuck places. Sometimes this means changing our lifestyle, sometimes it means changing habits and patterns that have been destructive in the past, sometimes it is a shift in perspective. Whatever it is, a true encounter with Jesus will urge us to move. Sometimes there is movement and we don’t even notice it, sometimes we really feel it – it is a sacrifice – and sometimes we resist movement with all our might.

This passage about John the Baptist captures this beautifully:

“And the crowds asked him, “What then should we do?” In reply he said to them, “Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.” Even tax collectors came to be baptized, and they asked him, “Teacher, what should we do?” He said to them, “Collect no more than the amount prescribed for you.” Soldiers also asked him, “And we, what should we do?” He said to them, “Do not extort money from anyone by threats or false accusation, and be satisfied with your wages.”

As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, John answered all of them by saying, “I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.” (Luke 3:10–17 NRSV)

Queries:

  • What do you notice about this passage?
  • What is challenging to you about what is said in this text?
  • Given the cycle and transition of life are you being prompted to “make a move?”
  • Are there places where – looking back – you notice that movement has already begun?

Warmly,
Wess Daniels


C. Wess Daniels
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360-818-4293

Released Minister @ Camas Friends
1004 NE 4th Ave Camas, WA 98607

“The secret of waiting is the faith that the seed has been planted, that something has begun. Active waiting means to be present fully to the moment, in the conviction that something is happening where you are and that you want to be present to it. A waiting person is someone who is present to the moment, who believes that this moment is the moment” -Henri Nouwen.