Church of the Advent

November 29, 2020
Due to the increase of COVID cases, the Diocese has suspended all in-person, indoor services

8:00 am (Rite I) Service - via Zoom
Meeting ID: 508 076 9883
Passcode: 182004

10:00am (Rite II) Service* - Live Streaming via Facebook:

*This Sunday is Bishop Breidenthal's last Sunday as our Bishop of Southern Ohio. Our prayers will go with him in our Prayers of the People this Sunday.

on Sunday's New Testament Reading

The season of Advent, the season of waiting and preparation is upon us, and my heart is fully open to a pivot of my energy and attention away from the chaos and commotion of 2020 and towards the breaking in of the light of God and the grace and peace that ensues.

"Grace to you and peace from God our father and the Lord Jesus Christ." This salutation by St. Paul in this week's NT reading was a common feature of his letters. And while functioning ostensibly as a greeting, the two words grace and peace that St. Paul casts upon his readers are more than perfunctory words of introduction, they are his way of authentically wishing upon the Ephesians and all members of the Jesus movement the preliminary experience of Christ's salvation in the penultimate as they (we) await his ultimate return.

That is what I think Advent is all about; that experience of embracing the dawn of God's grace (the experience of God's love) and peace (wholeness and justice) in our lives, in our families, and in our communities now because of Christ's first coming (the Christ child) as we wait and prepare for it to be fully realized in his second (the parousia).

It is my prayer that this season will be a time of embracing God's grace and peace in your lives--as you wait and prepare* for the breaking in of the light of God.

Advent is the time of year when Christians wait for the Incarnation to appear and to celebrate its arrival at Christmas.

The Rev. Canon Jane Gerdsen and The Rev. Jason Oden will lead a Wednesday night zoom study and prayer service using an Advent zine created and published by staff and members of our cathedral.

This zine is meant to be used daily, and it holds special recipes and activities to support your faithful and joyful observance of Advent.

When: December 2, 9, & 16
Time: 7 - 8:30pm
Location: Zoom
Meeting ID: 508 076 9883
Passcode: 182004

ONLY Open Mon, Wed, Fri
9:30am - 11:30am
Due to the increase in COVID cases, ODM continues to follow the OH State guidelines and will only offer food pantry and the payee program services.

Unfortunately, the café remains closed until further notice.
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Church of the Advent
Young Adult Virtual Retreat, December 17-18
Join us for 2020's Young Adult Virtual Retreat, Be Still and Know. Take a deep breath and escape the chaos of 2020 as we provide an array of opportunities to reconnect with yourself and God.

If you register at the link below by December 4, a care package to enhance the retreat will be shipped to you. Registrations received after Dec 4 will receive their care package after the retreat has ended.

The Way of Love Advent Series
DATE AND TIME Starts Wednesday
12/02/20 7:00pm - 12/23/20 8:30pm

Zoom - register to receive link

We'll gather each Wednesday in December (12/2; 12/9; 12/16; 12/23) from 7-8:30pm to reflect on and practice the Way of Love.

For more information, contact Amy Howton at 

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