Advent: practicing hope with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind

Advent begins on Sunday, November 29. It’s the beginning of our new church year when we move liturgically into what is known as Year B. We have again ordered the day by day meditation booklets from Living Compass, and this year’s is entitled “Living Well Through Advent: Practicing Hope with All Your Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind.” Featured Writers include The Rev. Catherine Tyndall Boyd, The Rev. Canon Anita Braden, Robbin Brent, The Rev. Seth Dietrich, The Rt. Rev. Jeff W. Fisher, The Rev. Jan Kwiatkowski, and The Rev. Dr. Scott Stoner. If you would like a copy mailed to your home, please email Chelsea at chelsea@stjohnsessex.org. They will be mailed the last week of November. A practice of daily reading a short meditation prepares the heart for the coming of Christ with a focus on hope.


Love is the way book study

During Advent, Linda+ will offer a book study of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s latest book entitled Love is the Way: Holding on to Hope in Troubling Times. Books have been ordered. All are welcomed to join in Zoom conversations weekly during Advent on the following days from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.: Monday, November 30; Monday, December 7; Tuesday, December 15; and Tuesday, December 22. Depending on the group’s desire, we can also consider meeting on late Sunday afternoons of those same weeks. If you would like a copy of the book, please contact Linda+ at linda@stjohnsessex.org. Bishop Curry’s book will warm the heart with ways to hold on to hope. Please join us.