Event: GCF: An Advent Pause
Location: The office (basement of Wycliffe College, 5 Hoskin Ave)
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.
Perhaps you have been intentional about avoiding the distractions of this time of year.
Perhaps the season of advent has never had particular meaning to you.
Whatever the case, I encourage you to join us on Thursday night at GCF was we pause to reflect, pray, and sing together to mark the beginning of the season of advent.
As the church celebrates it, advent is meant to be a time of waiting, of anticipation, of hope; not only waiting and hoping for the celebration of the birth of a baby boy in Bethlehem, but also waiting, longing, and anticipating the coming again of the Prince of Peace to relieve the pain and suffering of all of creation.
So come. Come to pray together for the world and for each other. Come to raise our voices in songs of praise and hope. Come, let us adore the One whose birth we remember this advent season and for whose return we yearn.
Bring your favourite carols, and I’ll copy them for us all. Bring your prayers for your family, your communities, our world. Bring a friend who could use an evening to pause.
Sara Gerritsma DeMoor
Please take note:
—Wednesday Will Be: This week (Wednesday, December 2) we’re trying something new, and will be hanging out in the office from 7-9pm instead of from 8-10pm. Feel free to drop by, make a card, write a novel, knit, or do anything else that your creative side can imagine-all while enjoying a yummy dessert and good company.
–Next week Thursday (December 10) GCF will host our annual Christmas potluck and end-of-semester party. Join us for an evening of fellowship, laughter, delicious food, and a surprise participatory dessert! If you can’t bring anything, come anyway-we’ve always got plenty of food.
—Saturday, December 5: Christmas FEAST at Shannon and Mari’s house! If you haven’t already RSVP’d to Mari, please do so this week so they know how much food to prepare. We look forward to enjoying Shannon and Mari’s hospitality and culinary creativity!
Start Time: 6:00