PRESCRIPT: During the current Advent season, we at Mountview Uniting Church have been on something of a journey, exploring a more informal, conversational, and yet meditative style of worship. This journey has been marked physically as well as liturgically; gradually, over the course of the season, we have changed the space within our church, re-arranging the pews so that they have morphed from the “classic” forward-facing set-up to an “in the round” configuration. This has been done to symbolise the “breaking in” of God’s grace into the world proclaimed by the Annunciation; the gradual growth of love which is mirrored in Mary’s developing pregnancy; and, finally, the creation of new life and new possibilities for life consequent on God’s love enveloping human reality in the Incarnation. What all this means is that the sermons for the Advent season which I have been preaching are less formal, more conversational; and while I can’t replication the conversation here, this is indicated by the questions that are posed in the text of each sermon.
I would like to ask those members of the congregation who have been parents to go back to the time when either they or their partner was pregnant. What were your dominant thoughts and feelings at this time? Continue reading “Advent 1C – Luke 1: 39-45”