Hey, Campbellites… what if it wasn’t just about us this year? What if our Advent stories and reflections became the stories and reflections of our community? What if we invited others to build the mountain with us, to uphold the poor with us, to irrigate the wilderness with us, and to seek the sign with us? What if Advent was more about giving Christ’s presence than buying Christmas presents? It’s quite a concept, don’t you think?!
So, let’s try it, church! This year, the prayer team is making our Advent Book into more than just a book! It will still be a printed book for our congregation, just like always, but it will also be an e-book, an evotional, a community blog, a daily feed, a digital storyboard… We’re taking it to the streets!
So, brothers and sisters, it’s time to think and pray about how God is calling YOU to contribute. We need your scriptures, words, prayers, stories, histories, meditations, devotions, drawings, paintings, artwork, photographs, poetry, prose, songs, music… all manners of inspiration, enough for all the days of Advent, and we need submissions from all ages!
Then what? Well, we want to invite our whole church, as well as other local churches, community members, and spiritual seekers, to respond to our submissions daily… to be challenged, blessed, and encouraged… to be reminded of the peace, faith, hope, and love that underpins everything we’ve come to understand about Christmas.
Things to know
Advent begins on Sunday, November 28th, 2010 (it’s getting closer every day!). The deadline for submissions is Sunday, November 14th, 2010. Please email any digital submissions directly to Kory Wilcox at firstname.lastname@example.org, subject ADVENT 2010.
Any print submissions may be dropped off in the ADVENT basket in the Fellowship Hall for the next several weeks, or at the Prayer Team’s table at the Ministry Fair on November 14th. Please label all submissions with at least your NAME and please include source information for anything that isn’t your original work. We’ll take care of any scanning and editing, but if you want anything returned, be sure to label it with your PHONE/EMAIL, as well!
This Advent, it’s all about the presence. The awesome, miraculous, contagious presence of Christ our Lord. How can we possibly keep it to ourselves?
Want to share it? Tell people itsallaboutthepresence.org!
–The Campbell UMC Prayer Team