Advent: Expectant Waiting and Preparation
Mary’s Song Prayer by Bruce Sanguin

Magnify your goodness, O Holy One, through us as through Mary,  simple peasant woman, your goodness was made known. 

Lift all that is downtrodden, within us, and all around the world, to a glorious hope. 

Shake the dust of broken dreams and dead-end futures from the cloth of our lives, and crown us with righteousness, that we might be your people. 

Bless us, nurture the holy seed growing within us, that we might come to believe the unlikely story the angels told to Mary: the life of God is about to be born in us. 

Our souls magnify you; our songs glorify you; our prayer is a holy longing; our life is a “yes” to your invitation to mother-forth your sacred future.  Amen

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Advent at Contemplate
Advent Lectio: Sacred Reading of the Sacred Story Come pray the scriptures with us on Thursdays during December @ 5:30 pm. Pastor John Duling will guide us through readings of a small passage with a periods of silent reflection in between each reading. Our time closes with a brief period of sharing. Instruction is provided no experience required.
Carols and Cold Ones (Dec 13th 7pm-9pm) Join us at J-Tech Construction for a Holiday Sing Along with The Rising Band. Everyone is welcome and family friendly. Hot chocolate, some treats, and a few adult beverages provided. Feel free to bring your favorite beverage. We are also collecting new unopened pairs of socks for the People’s City Mission annual sock drive.Sacred Saturday: Welcoming Prayer (Dec 14th 9am-12pm)The Welcoming Prayer is a method of consenting to God’s presence and action in our physical and emotional reactions to events and situations in daily life.

The Christmas Story: A Liturgy of Scripture and Silence (Christmas Eve at Noon)Join us for an hour of scripture and silence as we mix the Christmas story with periods of reflection and silent prayer. Children will begin the story with us and then go downstairs for fun and activities.

December Schedule
Monthly Compassion Circle – 2nd Mondays 6:30pm
Contemplative Movement – Fridays 5:30pm
Noon-hour Silent Prayer – Weekdays 12:15-12:45pm
Worship Music – Sundays 3:30 pm 
House Church: Integral Worship – 
Sundays 4pm
Taizé Worship Service –  Sunday December 15th 6pm