4th Friday of Advent

Celebration / elaine davis
Seductive Lights / dave smith
Skyline Lights / lindsey mart

4th Wednesday of Advent

My apologies for forgetting to include three yesterday, our addition for this final week of advent. Here we are, three to ponder:

Stern (Star) / shannon hayes
Watching for Light / suzanne aultman
Making Light / cathy monetti

4th Tuesday of Advent

Voices of Ascension / matt beams

Hope Springs Up / crista norfrey

Gift {4th Monday of Advent}

Last night at All Souls, our community surprised us with a poem they had written, expressing what All Souls means for them and has become for them. They had our leaders come to the front, as people stood one at a time reading line by line. It’s a powerful gift to stand there and receive words of deep life. It was a beautiful thing. We live within a beautiful community.

On this journey of life 
Between suffering and glory 
Between salvation and resurrection 
Between ruin and redemption 
Our souls need a resting place 

A gathering space to witness the mystery of transformation 
A place to be enveloped by the warm care of community 
when we are wearied by winter 
So take off your shoes, for you are standing on sacred ground 
God has built us a house of healing
 from the holy rubble of our lives
It is here that we will be encouraged and refreshed 
It is here that our doubt and despair can be destroyed 
by love and desire 

So come, we are eagerly awaiting your arrival 
The welcome mat has been rolled out 
And the door lies open for travellers worn from the road 
In the name of Jesus, we say “Welcome Home” 

It is spacious here 
There is enough room at the table for you 
Love is freely offered in the breaking of bread 
and passing of the cup 

If you hunger 
Come sup with us 
And you will feast on hope, freedom and authenticity 

If you thirst 
Have a drink with us 
And be warmed, awakened and inspired 

Come 
We will help you hear the voice of Jesus 
Come 
Bloom into the real you
Come 
And find hospitality, restoration and shalom 
Come 
And take the peace of Christ 
For you do not have to walk alone 

Come 
Be known 
Be understood 
Be listened to 
Be artful 
Be open 
Be free 
Be beautiful 
Be warmed and filled 
And take off your shoes 

But, most of all 
Be at home 
For this place has been set aside for us 
The fire has been prepared 
And it is burning with great anticipation 
Eagerly awaiting the arrival 
Of 
Your Soul 
Of 
All Souls

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Here are pictures from yesterday’s #adventpicaday. Let’s do three this final week. That will be the photographer’s gift to the rest of us.

Untitled / labtrout

Untitled / marvelissa

Flickering to Life / worth wheeler

4th Sunday of Advent

Arches / dave smith

Climbing in Light / austin grigg

3rd Saturday of Advent

Bare But Very Much Alive / kt_writes

Broken / jason boyett

3rd Friday of Advent

Close of a Chapter / jeromie rand

Just. Look. Up. / rick stilwell

3rd Thursday of Advent

Christmas Cabbage / allison caldwell

Bring It Into the Light / liz rand

3rd Wednesday of Advent

So the King Can Arrive / j.r. briggs

Untitled / elaine davis

3rd Tuesday of Advent

Perth / plumbymummy
Lights … Not Yet In Focus / jason boyett