Southpoint News – Week of December 2, 2018
Mary said one beautiful word: “Yes.” With that singular, small gesture, she opened herself up to the tidewaters of the coming kingdom. All the righteousness of the law, all the promise of the prophets, all the truth of the sermon on the mount, all the power of the Creator, condensed and flowed into her. Then on Christmas morning, God flowed out of her, literally and concretely. She pushed and labored until her baby slipped into the world.
We say one beautiful word: “YES”. With that singular, small gesture, we open ourselves up to the tidewaters of the coming kingdom. God’s presence fills the nooks and crannies of our being. We wait. We carry on with life. We journey. Then with sweat and tears, we labour. God, concretely and literally, slips out of us into the world.
This is happening, right here, right now, all around us at Southpoint. The kingdom is coming, through our small whispered “Yes”. As we watch and wait this Advent, we listen for the invitation of the Spirit. We listen for our moment to say, “Yes!”
Advent at Home Booklets
Last week you put together an Advent At Home Kit which included a mason jar, envelope with instruction booklet and Yes circles. The idea is that each week, each person in your household will take one of the circles (this week is “Yes to Hope”) and on the back write one way that you could say “Yes” to hope in the coming week. That circle then goes into the Advent Mason Jar. And so forth as advent goes. The ideas in the instruction booklet are just that; ideas. You may have your own “yeses” that come to mind. Fill the jar with “yes” stories this advent. Feel free to go beyond the circles and add stories of what happened in and around you when you responded with “yes” to God’s love.
If you did not get a kit we will have some available at church this Sunday – please connect with Angela.
Everyone is welcome to join us for an ice skating party!!
When: Saturday, Jan. 5th, 3:00-5:00
Where: Centennial Arena
Women’s Advent Service
Take time for this annual opportunity to calm your heart and mind in preparation for Advent. All women are warmly invited to attend this service.
Join us at 7 pm to enjoy a warm drink, goodies and conversation. The service will be from 7:30 – 8:30 pm.
Monday, Dec. 3rd
Peninsula United Church – the Crescent Site. (15639 24th Ave.)
Sunday Services in December
Sunday, December 2nd:
Advent, Week 1
“Yes to Hope”, Luke 1:5-25
Sunday, December 9th:
Advent, Week 2
“Yes to Peace”, Luke 1:26-38
Sunday, December 16th:
Advent, Week 3
“Yes to Joy”, Luke 1:39-45
Sunday, December 23:
Advent, Week 4 – Kids Nativity Play!
“Yes to Love”, Matthew 1:18-25
Sunday, December 30th:
ALL OUT SUNDAY IN GATHERING GROUPS
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There are many prayer needs in our community right now. If you would like to join the prayer chain to be in more intentional prayer for our community, or if you have a need for prayer that you would like to pass on to the prayer chain, please contact John Hardy.