Advent begins this Sunday and I am in need of a some liturgical order and ecclesiastical grounding to calm the disorder of life and to fulfill my soul’s desire for a deeper connection with God.
I’ve always been a traditional, liturgically minded Christian. The world is chaotic. I like order. Lately, I feel unsettled, not very focused, functional or disciplined. I question whether I am lined up with God’s will in all that I do. I’m in a period of waiting for a breakthrough and praying for some real fruits from my writing and our ministry efforts. I recall more glorious times in my spiritual life where I felt overwhelming joy and peace in walking with the Lord. I’m stumbling in the valley and want to get back to the mountaintop.
So, during this Advent season, I am making a personal promise to be more focused, more thoughtful, more faith-filled EACH DAY. I will attempt to blog each day about this journey, even if it’s just a Scripture quote and photo and a few words of inspiration.
Liturgically (in the Anglican tradition), last Sunday ended the church year with “Stir-up Sunday.” The reason it’s called Stir-up Sunday might have something to do with the beautiful prayer (or collect) designated for last Sunday from our 1928 Book of Common Prayer:
STIR up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people; that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may by thee be plenteously rewarded; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
We prayed this prayer as a church community and it had deep meaning for me. My will needs to be stirred up, aligned with God’s will. I would love to see some fruits of my good works. Rewards? You bet. Here or in Heaven are welcome!
THIS SUNDAY is the first Sunday in Advent, the beginning of four weeks of Advent-our spiritual preparation for the coming of Christ (Birth of Christ) as well as His second coming. Here is our collect for this Sunday:
ALMIGHTY God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the quick and [the]* dead, we may rise to the life immortal, through him who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, now and ever. Amen.
Let’s put on the armor of light. Come join me and let’s open our hearts to the inner workings of the Holy Spirit. See you tomorrow!