Advent at Salem

The Advent and Christmas scriptures are rich with home metaphors and imagery.  John the Baptist prophesies about the One who is to come, but reminds us that we are still wandering far from God’s promised day; his message hits close to home, especially for those experiencing inequity and oppression.  After receiving the angel’s news, Mary retreats to Elizabeth’s home, seeking refuge and safety.  Christ is born in the midst of a journey home, in a crowded dwelling space amidst livestock and shepherds alike.  The Magi travel far from home to pay homage to Christ, and, having been warned in a dream, they avoid Herod by traveling home another way.  In these scriptures, home is both physical and metaphorical, something we seek and something we are called to build.  Ultimately, God is our home and resting place.  God draws near and makes a home on earth — sacred ground is all around us.

We hope this Advent season that you join us on Wednesdays, Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 22 at 7:00 p.m. as we worship at Grace Episcopal Church (4040 W. Bellfort).  We’ll explore our Advent theme:  Close to Home using the beautiful Holden Evening Prayer Setting, a lovely service with a rendition of the Magnificat.

This advent may we be comforted by the One who dwells intimately with us.  May we expand safety and sanctuary for everyone wandering far from home.  May we come — wherever home is found — to live fully with joy, hope and courage.


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