Thursday, December 04, 2008

more advent things

A friend of mine, PJ, worked up a series of advent poems and prayers to go with our Pastor's sermons for advent. The series is about gifts. Unfortunately, I cannot share the poems, but I can share the texts that they are based on.

The Father and the Son - Based on John 10:28; Matthew 7:9-11

The God Wrestler - Based on Genesis 32-33

The King and the Queen - Based on 1 Kings 10:1-13

The Commander and the Prophet - Based on 2 Kings 5; Ezekiel 1:19

The Giver and the Gift - Based on 2 Kings 5; Ezekiel 1:19

The Spirit of New Names -Based on Revelation 2:17; John 10:28; Mark 1:17; Genesis 32-33; 1 Kings 10:1-13; 2 Kings 5; Matthew 26:7-13; 1 Corinthians 12

PJ isn't reading her poems. Members of the church who don't generally find themselves in front of the congregation are being asked to read them. Each team will read of the text, poem, and the prayers. During the poem, a person will light the advent candles. We made a really cool wreath with five very big heavy stones with thick pillar candles balanced on them and small stones scattered around. The table cloth is burlap.

The worship pastor is playing hymns over the sound of running water during the readings.


  1. it sounds so very meaningful...I would love to be there to see and hear it...
    have a blessed Christmas season

  2. Beautiful photos and verses. What a beautiful creative way to celebrate.

  3. Oh how wonderful these are! So creative, sounds amazing. I love that members of the congregation who wouldn't normally be seen or heard upfront will be reading. Though, the running water might send me running to the loo.

  4. This all sounds beautiful and very meaningful. So much of the Old Testament points us to Christ; it's wonderful to really dig into those scriptures at this time of year.