In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin's name was Mary.  And he came to her and said, "Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you." - Luke 1:26-28

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VIGIL -  Advent & Christmas,  2016... by a UCC pastor here in St Louis

 
The holy breath of God, the daughter of God's Dream,
            across the morning of inchoate worlds
swept with a tenderness stronger than naked power
            to shape and fashion Nothing into this --
this marvelous planet where both love and duty dwell,
            where morning promises to end each night
of weeping with a song. Each winter dreams of spring;
            each dropping leaf is just a garment changed.
 
And yet more sadness breaks across my visioned soul
            than that of separation or decay:
I see the ugliness; I face the vengeful knives,
            knowing that sometime something skewed astray.
 
O holy breath of Dawn, before the stars have dimmed,
            whisper a Word of tenderness and life:
some unprotected Child to shield us from our hurt,
            some wandering Waif of heaven, haven make,
some home in Galilee, the crossroad of the earth,
            where some girl out of favor and alone,
touched by Your gentleness, stronger than naked power,
            may bring to birth the tender Child of hope.
                                                ---- David Beebe

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REMINDER:

Advent Devotion - you're an author for 2017!

As we find ways to be fully present to each day in Advent - an active waiting approach, we would like your help. Please consider being part of our homemade PUCC Advent Devotion Booklet 2017. We are seeking submissions for next year now. 

Here's what are looking for - 300 word (plus or minus) reflection on something you saw, felt, remembered, dreamed about during Advent - this time of preparation for Jesus to be born again. 

Please align/support/enhance your reflection with an appropriate verse(s) of scripture. End your piece with a brief prayer.
 
Please feel free to send a photo, drawing, artwork, original song or some other creative expression too! Thank you! 

Please contact kevin@parkwayucc.org 314-872-9330 if you have questions and/or would like to talk through any of this. 

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Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.  - Bruce Lee

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Holy One, we are all experts on our own experience. Help me to fully experience this Advent season and tell others about it in word, art, action and more. Amen.

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