Advent Worship: The Practice of Waiting
December 7, 2016A favorite commercial of mine is of a little boy, 5 or 6 years old, who is standing in the bath room, having trouble with his belt. At first he tugs on the belt calmly, but quickly the struggle becomes real. He hollers out, “Mom we have a situation!” Clearly, waiting, in this “situation” is out of the question. Often waiting is uncomfortable and at best, tolerable, yet waiting for the coming of God in human flesh during Advent is a special, sacred, holy practice.
As we light the Advent candles of hope, peace, joy and love, we remember again the Story of the people who waited for the promised Savior. They had been holding their breath for a long time and when at last they exhaled, the Savior they waited for was born. As the Story goes this was not a king born in a royal setting but a babe born in a dirt cave whose parents were on the run. The practice of waiting during the liturgical season of Advent invites us into the ancient story of the people who wait. We practice waiting in our breath. We practice trusting God to act, encouraged by the Story we hear read from holy scripture. We wait together whether our waiting is to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanza… because God’s “Advent” is for ALL people.
This year’s Yogadevotion Advent Worship will be a time where we gather to meditate, pray, and practice our faith and yoga together, as a community that waits. We gather as people looking for the light of hope, peace, joy and love of the season. We invite all who live near enough to attend to come onto their mats or their yoga chair on Friday December 9, 2016 at St. Andrews Lutheran Church 900 Stillwater Road Mahtomedi, MN. No yoga experience is required to participate. Our Advent Worship, the Practice of Waiting, begins with 5:00 PM check in and silent meditation. This is followed at 5:30 PM by an hour of gentle movement, breath work, and prayer, accompanied by live music, and including the holy meal. A time of fellowship with hot tea and cocoa follows, from 6:30-7:00 PM. There will be a free-will offering and preregistration is not required.
In Christ’s hope, peace, joy, and love,
Rev. Cindy Senarighi