Emmanuel

Bloged in advent, apprenticeship, poems, prayers, seasons, worship by rod Sunday December 24, 2006

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.
-Isaiah 7:14

O EMMANUEL, God with us, our King and Judge, the One the people await, and their Savior: come to save us, O Lord our God.

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Rex

Bloged in advent, apprenticeship, worship by rod Saturday December 23, 2006

I will shake all nations, and the desired of all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory,’ says the LORD Almighty.
-Haggai 2: 7-9

O KING OF THE GENTILES and their desired One, the Cornerstone that makes us all one: come, and deliver man, whom You formed out of the dust of the earth.

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Oriens

Bloged in advent, apprenticeship, worship by rod Friday December 22, 2006

And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways; To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins, Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us, To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.
-Luke 1:78

O RISING SUN, brightness of the light eternal, and Sun of Justice: come, and enlighten them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death.

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Clavis

Bloged in advent, seasons, worship by rod Thursday December 21, 2006

I will place on his shoulder the key to the house of David; what he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open.
-Isaiah 22

O KEY OF DAVID, and Sceptre of Israel, who opens and no man shuts; who shuts and no man opens: come, and bring forth the captive from his prison, he who sits in darkness and in the shadow of death.

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in the bleak mid-winter

Bloged in advent, seasons, time by rod Thursday December 21, 2006

Tonight Allison made a wonderful supper of broiled salmon with rice and sugar snap peas. Mmmm. Mmmmm. After we’d eaten, and while we were still around the table, winter arrived. I felt the chill.
As I’ve said many times, I’m always surprised when it actually gets a bit chilly here, because it stays warm through Christmas. The temperature has been in the mid 70s here for over a week. Today it’s been chilly and dreary. Apt.
Above the rainy clouds tonight, there was a spectacular, hidden solstice party. At sunset, (also hidden) the thinnest, slivery, eerie, fingernail of a baby moon set behind the clouds as a newly returned Venus followed suit to kick off the year’s longest night. But it was not to be seen.

Sometimes, I’m bothered by the winter solstice. Those times, I’m pondering the beginning of the long, cold winter. But sometimes I consider that the longest night means that tomorrow night will be shorter. The sun will set just a little later as it begins it trek northward. It’s the beginning of the trek toward spring. In the darkest, coldest, barren times, hope is kept in the surety of re-birth.

So I’ll shut up about it until spring arrives.

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Radix

Bloged in advent, apprenticeship, worship by rod Wednesday December 20, 2006

A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;
from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.
-Isaiah 11:1

O ROOT OF JESSE, who stands as a signal to the people, before whom kings shall keep silence and unto whom the Gentiles shall make supplication: come to deliver us, and do not delay.


(Note: I have wanted all week to include a sound file for each day of advent antiphons - alas, no time. But I’m caught up now, so I’ve gone back and added them to Monday and Tuesdays, if you so wish to listen…)

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Adonai

Bloged in advent, worship by rod Tuesday December 19, 2006

O LORD AND RULER of Israel, who appeared to Moses in the flame of the burning bush and gave him the law on Sinai: come, and save us with Your mighty power.

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Sapientia

Bloged in advent, worship by rod Monday December 18, 2006

O WISDOM,who came from the mouth of the Most High,
reaching from end to end and ordering all things mightily and sweetly:
come, and teach us the way of prudence.

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pivot point

Bloged in advent, apprenticeship by rod Sunday December 17, 2006

Today turned out to be a bit of a pivot day for me, a turning point. I don’t know if I can explain it. In the stress of life, I tend to take my breaths based on clicking stressful responsibilities off the list. As deadlines pass, I’ll inhale and exhale and inhale and then hold it until the next deadline passes. Sometimes I’ll anticipate a period of less stress and look forward to clicking the last check box so that I can enter that period. Something always gets in the way though, of that last check box being the end or beginning of anything. It’s just another in a series.
Today, though, was different. I hadn’t anticipated today even being a check box. I’ve still got tons of grading and submitting left to do before the semester is checked off for me. I’m not adequately prepared for Christmas in that I’ve not yet braved the wilds of Harbison Boulevard.
But this afternoon, while driving west on I-26 from downtown to home, something fell away. I had Molly in the truck with me. I was bringing her home from the last Nutcracker performance. Jack’s illness meant I didn’t have to accompany him in his recital today, and since I don’t have to take Molly to school tomorrow, Allison was able to drive herself to work tonight so that I didn’t have to make my 3rd trip downtown today.

Today is the third Sunday of Advent. I led worship this morning. I spoke much more than usual, which still wasn’t much, and saw faces of recognition, solidarity, shared desires and frustrations. We sang of our desires and frustrations and impatience, and then of our trust in yet to be fulfilled promises. It was very purging. At the end of the service, I improvised a long stretch of music during a prayer time and prayed through my fingers.

So just in time for the final week of Advent, the stress seems to have broken. I’m prepared to sing the antiphons each day. Will you join me as we quietly invite the promises to be kept? As we invite the Wisdom from on high, the Dayspring, the Root of Jesse’s tree? Immanuel.
We are expecting you, come be born in us.

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moldy leftovers

Bloged in advent, family by rod Sunday December 17, 2006

When left-overs get left in the fridge for too long, eventually they get a bit nasty, one begins to avoid opening the fridge door in lieu of actually cleaning it out. In the same vein, often when a blogger allows mold to grow on his cascading style sheets, and his content goes stale, folks stop opening the door to see what there is to nibble. Problem is that once people have stopped opening the door, they will not know when the contents have been re-stocked.
Such has been the case in a lot of blogs of late. But you might be interested to know that Jack has recently updated his blog with a timely Advent lesson.
Go on. Click the link.
Now if we could just get some others to clean the fridge.

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