Advent Quiet Day
Saturday, December 8
10 am - 4 pm
- 10:00 am - Gather in chapel for welcome, reflection on Mary Oliver's poem, Making the House Ready for the Lord
- (approx.) 10:30 - 11:30 am - quiet personal reflection in chapel, oratory, or nave
- 11:30 am - How are we being called into process? What does it mean to say "yes" to uncertainty? To waiting?
- (approx.) 11:50 am - 1:30 pm - quiet personal reflection in chapel, oratory, or nave with homemade lunch served about noon
- 1:30 pm - Praying through icons and midrash: how can the stories of those who have come before us influence our own presence in process and preparation?
- (approx.) 2:00 - 3:30 pm - quiet personal reflection in chapel, oratory, or nave
- 3:30 pm - Closing reflection & worship
Sign-up on the sign-up sheet in the narthex or call the church office (513.321.6700). Please be sure to include any dietary restrictions.
Making the House Ready for the Lord
Dear Lord, I have swept and I have washed
but still nothing is as shining as it should be
for you. Under the sink, for example, is an
uproar of mice - it is the season of their
many children. What shall I do? And under the eaves
and through the walls the squirrels
have gnawed their ragged entrances - but it is the season
when they need shelter, so what shall I do? And
the raccoon limps into the kitchen and opens the cupboard
while the dog snores, the cat hugs the pillow;
what shall I do? Beautiful is the new snow falling
in the yard and the fox who is staring boldly
up the path, to the door. And I still believe you will
come, Lord: you will, when I speak to the fox,
the sparrow, the lost dog, the shivering sea-goose,
know that really I am speaking to you whenever
I say, as I do all morning and afternoon:
Come in, Come in.