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Early Advent 2020 QuietChurch Quiet Online Worship

December 7, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

QuietChurch plans an early-Advent-themed, online, QuietChurch on Monday, December 7, 2020, from 7:00PM EST to approximately 8:00PM. The online-only worship uses the Jitsi.org Online Conferencing Platform (similar to ZOOM). QuietChurch is open to all spiritual seekers.

QuietChurch focuses on gathering in Reverent Quiet and silence to worship. Worshipers typically silently read, pray, meditate, or just sit in silent stillness during the worship time.  (No sermon. No dogma. No music. No noise. Just quiet.)

Jitsi Online Conferencing Link

Join the meeting:
https://meet.jit.si/QuietChurchDec7EarlyAdvent2020

To join by phone instead, tap this: +1.512.647.1431,,3297747870#

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See meeting dial-in numbers: https://meet.jit.si/static/dialInInfo.html?room=QuietChurchDec7EarlyAdvent2020

If also dialing-in through a room phone, join without connecting to audio: https://meet.jit.si/QuietChurchDec7EarlyAdvent2020#config.startSilent=true

Worship Prompts—Early Advent 2020 (Optional)

Late November and early December typically mark transitions and the start of the Advent Season, for some, as a period of expectant spiritual waiting.

Those transitions include moving (at least in the northern hemisphere) from Autumn to seemingly barren winter. Gardens mostly lie fallow under compost and mulch. Trees stand bare. Flower heads desiccate and droop. Stones grow deathly cold. Frost tickles the grasses and paints the last leaves. During this QuietChurch, perhaps you might worshipfully consider your own transitions this year—a deeply challenging year for all of us.

Advent represents expectant waiting. As you think of those transitions, you might also pray about the hope represented in expectant waiting. Hope for something new and wonderous. Hope for a new year. Hope for the sun returning in Spring and then Summer glory. Hope for the leaves as they compost into rich new soil for next year's flowers and gardens. Yes, 2020 was a deeply challenging year but can we see hope as we gather tonight in expectant, waiting, quiet worship?

Reading

The Book of Jonah is a short but extremely insightful book. In four short chapters, a story of waiting (and perhaps not how we might expect) unfolds. But as with many Bible People, the characters often reflect us—sometimes a little too well. While perhaps not typical for an Advent reading, Jonah may tell us something about us and our time. Try to read the Book of Jonah during this session and particularly focus on the Chapter 3 and Chapter 4.

God saw what [Nineveh] had done, that they had turned away from their evil lives. He did change his mind about them. What he said he would do to them he didn’t do.

Jonah was furious. He lost his temper. He yelled at God, “God! I knew it—when I was back home, I knew this was going to happen! That’s why I ran off to Tarshish! I knew you were sheer grace and mercy, not easily angered, rich in love, and ready at the drop of a hat to turn your plans of punishment into a program of forgiveness!

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God said, “What do you have to be angry about?”

But Jonah just left. He went out of the city to the east and sat down in a sulk. He put together a makeshift shelter of leafy branches and sat there in the shade to see what would happen to the city.

God arranged for a broad-leafed tree to spring up. It grew over Jonah to cool him off and get him out of his angry sulk. Jonah was pleased and enjoyed the shade. Life was looking up.

But then God sent a worm. By dawn of the next day, the worm had bored into the shade tree and it withered away. The sun came up and God sent a hot, blistering wind from the east. The sun beat down on Jonah’s head and he started to faint. He prayed to die: “I’m better off dead!”

Then God said to Jonah, “What right do you have to get angry about this shade tree?”

Jonah said, “Plenty of right. It’s made me angry enough to die!”

God said, “What’s this? How is it that you can change your feelings from pleasure to anger overnight about a mere shade tree that you did nothing to get? You neither planted nor watered it. It grew up one night and died the next night. So, why can’t I likewise change what I feel about Nineveh from anger to pleasure, this big city of more than 120,000 childlike people who don’t yet know right from wrong, to say nothing of all the innocent animals?”—The Message

Hymn—The Universe Is Bending

The Universe is bending,
stretching long and stretching out,
embracing our struggles with gentle arms of Hope.

The Universe is bending,
stretching long and stretching out,
and it's leading toward Justice by the Clear Light of Love.
The Love.

Jeremy McLeod Copyright 2006

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Date:
December 7, 2020
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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