Advent Quiet Day: The Gift of God’s Presence
December 10 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
“What good is it to me that Mary gave birth to the son of God fourteen hundred years ago, and I do not also give birth to the Son of God in my time and in my culture? We are all meant to be mothers of God. God is always needing to be born.”
So wrote 14th century German mystic Meister Eckhart, who remains as relevant today as ever. Meister Eckhart’s words will not resonate with us unless we are talking and acting as if God is truly living among us now, guiding us into a way of thinking and doing that will help prepare the world for the coming reign of God. Advent is about preparation, but how many of us feel God’s presence in the here and now? Do we believe that the kingdom of God is indeed within us, rather than our worshiping a God who dwells in a time and place far away?
This retreat is designed to help us see God’s presence in our lives in the here and now, in everything we do and everything we think. Through group discussion, testimonies, song, and worship, we will celebrate the gift of God’s presence to us this Advent. For questions, please contact the Rev. Ann Gillespie.
Our retreat leader will be the Rev. Timothy H. Grayson. Prior to his call to the priesthood, Tim had a 27-year career in medical publishing. He is a board member of Listening Hearts Ministries; coauthor with Suzanne Farnham of the book, Keeping in Tune with God: Listening Hearts Discernment for Clergy; and a trainer in the practice of discernment for Listening Hearts Ministries. Tim currently serves as priest-in-charge of St. Barnabas’ Episcopal Church in Sykesville, MD and enjoys leading retreats.