ADVENT SERVICES AT GOOD SHEPHERD

Advent Midweek Services during December 6, 13 and 20 will occur on Wednesday evenings at 5:30 using Holden Evening Prayer. Services are expected to last about 30 minutes and are followed by informal meal gatherings at local restaurants.    

The season of Advent is strikingly counter cultural. As the world around us moves into overdrive, our Advent worship invites us to slow down, to quiet our hearts and minds, and to be attentive to the mystery of God’s presence among us. As the demands of the season press upon us, we pray that in our Sunday morning gathering and Wednesday services of Evening Prayer, you will find a place of rest, renewal, and joy.

Our reflections each week be focused on the Great O Antiphons. These antiphons – which are short phrases comprised of texts or images from scripture – have been chanted as part of Advent Evening Prayer since the 8th century. Each of the seven antiphons draws on passages from the Hebrew Scriptures that Israel’s hope for God’s promised Messiah. They are called the “O Antiphons” because each one begins with the word “O.” You will be familiar with these texts because they form the basis of the hymn “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.”

On December 6 we will use the antiphons “O Wisdom” and “O Lord.”

On December 13 we will hear “O Root of Jesse” and “O Key of David.”

On December 20 we will concluded with “O Dayspring,” “O King of Nations” and “O Emmanuel.”

May the light of God’s presence illumine our paths as together we prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ.

Advent Sunday Services will be held December 3, 10, 17 and 24 at 9:30 am.