Advent Quiet Day

 

Be Still and Know:

An Advent Journey to our Center

 

Gathering

 

God of grace and glory, you always welcome us into deeper relationship with you.  As autumn turns to winter and the nights grow darker, our hearts long for the comfort of your presence.  Be with us in these hours of stillness.  Open our hearts and minds to know you as you yearn to be known.  Send your Holy Spirit to invite us into oneness with you and each other.  We pray in the name of the Christ who is always with us.  Amen.

 

Be still and know that I am God,

be still and know that I am 

be still and know 

be

 

Lectio Divina: Psalm 46

1 God is our refuge and strength,

    a very present help in trouble.

2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,

    though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;

3 though its waters roar and foam,

    though the mountains tremble with its tumult. 

4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,

    the holy habitation of the Most High.

5 God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved;

    God will help it when the morning dawns.

6 The nations are in an uproar, the kingdoms totter;

    he utters his voice, the earth melts.

7 The Lord of hosts is with us;

    the God of Jacob is our refuge.

8 Come, behold the works of the Lord;

    see what desolations he has brought on the earth.

9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;

    he breaks the bow, and shatters the spear;

    he burns the shields with fire.

10 “Be still, and know that I am God!

    I am exalted among the nations,

    I am exalted in the earth.”

11 The Lord of hosts is with us;

    the God of Jacob is our refuge.

 

 

 

Questions after the readings:

First reading:  What word, phrase or image in this psalm speaks to you?

Second reading:  Where does this psalm touch your life today?

Third reading:  What is God’s invitation for you in this psalm?

 

Time for Reflection

This is a time to reflect, to share, to be still and know God’s presence as the center around which our lives turn.  This is a time for exploring, for waiting, for listening for God’s voice or simply resting in God’s holy silence.  This is your time—set aside as a gift to yourself and to God.  Be in this time and space as you feel called to be.  Find the place that is most comfortable for you—inside or outside the church.  Notice what is happening in your heart—your mind—your body.  Move when you need to move; be still when you need to be still.  

 

Questions that may be useful to guide your reflection are listed for each time of silence.  Paper, pens and art supplies, water, tea, coffee and snacks are available at the back of the church to support your reflection. We will be in silence for ~30 minutes, then have ~10 minutes for sharing with another person.  The bell will call us in and out of silence.

 

The First Silence:  Be still and know

  • What troubles have you faced this year?  What troubles in the world around you affected you? 
  • What has made you anxious?  What fears have you faced?
  • In what ways has God been present with you in times of trouble and fear?  Has God been absent?

 

Sharing 

 

The Second Silence:  Be still

  • What have been the turning points of your life?  
  • In what ways was God acting in your life during those turning points?  
  • In what ways has God been a refuge and source of strength during these turning points?  Has God been absent?

 

Sharing 

 

The Third Silence:  Be

  • What choices are you facing today? 
  • How do you want your life to turn?
  • What help do you need?  What do you want God to do?  

 

Sharing 

 

 

Regathering 

For our deepest and most holy longings we pray:

Renew us, O God.

For all who wander, who hunger, who thirst:

Renew us as people of service and compassion.

For this planet, our home:

Renew our will to be healers of creation.

For this and every nation:

Renew in all people the will for good and the longing for peace

For those whom we hold in our hearts

(We add particular intercessions or thanksgivings.)

Bless these and all creation with your goodness,  

and renew our trust in your love. Amen.

 

Be still and know that I am God,

be still and know that I am God,

be still and know that I am God.

 

Going Out

Merciful God of peace, your word, spoken by the prophets, restores your people’s 

life and hope. Fill our hearts with the joy of your saving grace, that we may hold fast to your great goodness and proclaim your justice in all the world. Amen.

 

May we be full of peace in our waiting 

and full of joy in our praise of you. Amen.

 

Whoever you are, wherever you are on your journey of faith, you are welcome here.