GCF: Advent POTLUCK Party

Title: GCF: Advent POTLUCK Party
Location: The office (basement of Wycliffe College, 5 Hoskin Ave)

“But I trusted in your steadfast love;

My heart will rejoice in your salvation.

I will sing to the Lord, because he has dealt bountifully with me.”

-Psalm 13

Dear friends,

Last week we spent time in prayer and song together, taking time to pause to reflect on some themes of Advent: anticipation, hope, longing, frustration, gratitude, excitement, joy. We recognized that Advent is not only about happiness and joy; it is also about desperation, longing, and the “already, not yet” of waiting for Christ’s return.

This week at GCF we’ll be taking time to focus on the JOY of the season.

“Joy to the world! The Lord has come!”

Come one, come all, to our annual Advent POTLUCK party! Read more GCF: Advent POTLUCK Party

WBB: Advent, Assurance and Anguish

Title: WBB: Advent, Assurance and Anguish
Location: Wycliffe College Chapel@7.22am

WBB: Assurance, Anguish and Advent

“Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ,” the apostle powerfully proclaimed last week. But if you keep reading you see that he then immediately gives voice to a deep sorrow and anguish. So deep that he says that he wishes that he himself could be cut off, that he himself could be separated from the love of Christ.

From assurance to anguish. Why? Read more WBB: Advent, Assurance and Anguish

GCF: A Pause in Advent

Event: GCF: An Advent Pause
Location: The office (basement of Wycliffe College, 5 Hoskin Ave)

Dear friends,

Advent tends to be a very busy time of year.

The weeks leading up to the celebration of the birth of Christ typically involve Christmas parties, family gatherings, shopping for gifts–all compounded by the craziness that is often associated with the ending of an academic semester.

For all the years I was a student, I lamented the fact that as much as I intended to take time to reflect, to pray, and to really dwell in the hopeful anticipation of advent, it felt like all the forces of academia mercilessly resisted this desire. (And this was equally true at the Christian and non-Christian academic institutions I attended!)  It felt like advent was just another season in the church calendar that rushed by without my taking much notice-other than stressing about finishing papers or taking exams and trying to find the time to do some Christmas baking.

Perhaps you have felt similarly rushed through advent at various times in your life. Read more GCF: A Pause in Advent