Wine Before Breakfast – Advent Ache, Advent Hope

My daughters think that I hate shopping. They are mostly right.

Not all shopping, but certainly the kind of shopping that might take me into a mall. Indeed, my overwhelming bodily experience in a mall is an overheated irritation that gives birth to a grumpy exhaustion. My body literally starts to ache if I’m in the shopping mode too long. And too long is something like five minutes.

Actually, I can start to feel that overheated irritation and soreness just looking at a store these days.

That is one kind of bodily soreness.

But there are other kinds.

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Graduate Christian Fellowship

The Graduate Christian Fellowship invites you to an:
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Advent and End-of-Term Celebration
– including Potluck Dinner together

Thursday, December 6, 2012
Chaplain’s office, Wycliffe College (basement)   [Directions]
6:00 – Potluck Dinner
7:00 (or so) – Prayer, Intros, Conversation, Games, etc., etc.

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Future GCF Topics
Upcoming Special Events
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Wine Before Breakfast – Advent Waiting and “Groaning in Travail”

In what is perhaps the most remarkable turn of a phrase in the letters of Paul, the apostle tells us in Romans 8.22 that “the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now ….” This is a creation longing for redemption, longing to be set free from all that binds it.

Perhaps only the women in our community can begin to understand what Paul is talking about here, and even there maybe only the women who have given birth. I can tell you as a very concerned observer that there is an intensity in the groaning of labor like nothing else that I have ever witnessed. Groaning in travail was the way the older versions of the Bible put it.

But this is a travail, a work, a pain, born of hope. The smile on a woman’s face upon delivering her baby and holding that child to her breast is also one of the sweetest things that I have ever had the privilege to see.

All of creation is longing for that smile.
All of creation looks for the day of resurrection.
All of creation is waiting.
All of creation is in Advent.

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Graduate Christian Fellowship – Christian Practices and Engaging Advent

The Graduate Christian Fellowship invites you to:
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Christian Practices and Engaging Advent
with
Jamie Howison
Lead pastor of st. benedict’s table
(an urban congregation and community ministry in Winnipeg)

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Chaplain’s office, Wycliffe College (basement) [Directions]
6:00 – Dinner
7:00 (or so) – Something After Dinner – presentation, discussion, etc.

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Wine Before Breakfast – On slaves, bastards, adopted children and Jamie Howison

The man who began his letter by identifying himself as a slave …
‘Paul, a slave of Jesus Christ’ …
and who has at times in his epistle called his readers to be …
‘slaves of justice’ …
comes to the heart of his correspondence by writing …
‘For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear,
but you have received a spirit of adoption …’

Slaves of Christ, even slaves of justice, but for those very reasons, not captivated by a spirit of slavery.

Obviously the apostle is playing with this (and many other) metaphors in this letter.

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Room at the Table: Urban Ministry from Justice to Imagination

Room at the Table, with Jamie HowisonUrban Remixed presents

Room at the Table:
Urban Ministry from Justice to Imagination

with Jamie Howison
st benedict’s table, Winnipeg
Facilitated by Brian Walsh of U of T

Monday, November 26 @ 7.00

Church of the Redeemer
162 Bloor St West, Toronto
(Bloor St & Avenue Rd)

Refreshments will be served

For more information contact: brian.walsh@utoronto.ca

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Graduate Christian Fellowship

The Graduate Christian Fellowship invites you to:
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Living into Focus:
Choosing What Matters in an Age of Distractions

with
Prof Arthur Boers
Associate Professor and R.J. Bernardo Family Chair of Leadership
Tyndale University College and Seminary

Thursday, November 22, 2012
Chaplain’s office, Wycliffe College (basement) [Directions]
6:00 – Dinner
7:00 (or so) – Something After Dinner – presentation, discussion, etc.

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Upcoming Special Events

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Wine Before Breakfast – Broken Offerings, Refugees and “Offering Tuesday”

There is something powerfully ironic about Leonard Cohen’s song, “Anthem.”

Anthems tend to be declarations of faith, of nationhood, of victory.

But Cohen’s anthem borders on lament.

Instead of evoking a memory of past glory that sanctions an optimistic hope,
the artist sings:

The birds they sang at the break of day
“Start again”, I heard them say
Don’t dwell on what has passed away
Or what is yet to be

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Wine Before Breakfast – “Gotta Serve Somebody” and Getting Wet

There have been a number of amazing musical moments in my life.

Moments when the joy fills the room, even as the artist leads us into deep places of pain.

Often enough, those moments happen on Tuesday mornings.
There is something about the Wine Before Breakfast bandhood that finds a way to reach deep into our souls; something that gives us voices to sing – even at 7.22 in the morning!

In my life the WBB band stands in a rich tradition of artists whose music they will often bring into our worship. Artists that I have had the good fortune to enjoy performing live:
Leonard Cohen, Bruce Cockburn, Josh Gritter, EmmyLou Harris, Daniel Lanois, Van Morrison, U2 and Bob Dylan.

And it is a Dylan concert that this week’s music will conjure up for me.

It was the late 70’s and Dylan had ‘got religion.’ In fact, the show that he was touring was nothing less than a gospel revival! And there he was on the stage of Massey Hall singing:

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Going to see “Damien” @ Sanctuary

A group of GCFers will be going to see:

Damian
By Aldyth Morris

Presented by Sanctuary and The Bench Theatre Initiative

Friday, November 23
8:00 pm
(meet at 7:45; doors open at 7:30)
Tickets: $12 in advance, $15 at the door (buy your own)
Sanctuary, 25 Charles St E, Toronto

For details see this website or email Carol Scovil

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