First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo

212 South Park Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
(269) 381-6340

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Advent Wednesday Evening Services

December 4-18, 7 pm

December 4:  A Labyrinth Pilgrimage

Advent is about preparing, looking at something familiar and looking to see it with new eyes. It doesn’t take much to imagine that the people who initially walked to Jerusalem offered up many prayers on that journey for whatever it was they were seeking from the mission. A labyrinth is used frequently as a meditative tool, a chance to walk a directed path and allow the mind to pray, meditate, or even to be deliberately empty of thought and open to sorts of epiphanies. A labyrinth invites a walker to a path that is a winding circle that comes to a center resting place. On the way, the walker is invited to think about why they are making the Advent journey, seek clarity, ask questions and open oneself up to new ways of thinking and closer communion with God. Pilgrims walk slowly and deliberately, there is no rush, no specific amount of time to spend on the journey. In the center the pilgrim is encouraged to rest, ponder and pray. Advent is an excellent time to walk a labyrinth, seeking peace, hope, joy and love within the mangers of our hearts. This is an excellent activity for all ages that come to quietly pilgrimage or perhaps with a bit of noisy reverence. Childcare will be provided. This worship experience will be in Wesley Hall and will be open from 7pm to 8:30pm, please come at various times to stagger the pilgrimage.

December 11:  Prayer Station Pilgrimage

Advent is a season for the prophets, for the dreamers, for the poets. A great light has shown, but there is still so much darkness to pierce, so much gloom to overcome. Advent is a time to slow down and allow God to surprise us. Advent is all about God showing up when we least expect it. On this evening we pilgrimage through prayer stations and anticipate that God will show up and reveal the already and not yet kingdom of God. Prayer stations are a wonderful way to engage all the senses in meditation, reflection, and prayer. People of all ages can benefit from using their five senses in worship. Come for a pilgrimage around the Sanctuary praying and seeking the Light of Christ. Then settle in and just sit quietly in the beauty of our Sanctuary lit with candlelight and twinkling lights that remind us of God’s promises. This is an excellent activity for all ages that come to quietly pilgrimage or perhaps with a bit of noisy reverence. Childcare will be provided if preferred if requested in advance, email request to jlibrizzi@umc-kzo.org.

December 18: A Communion Pilgrimage

All are invited; the young and the old, the rich and the poor, the lowest and the least; sinners and saints together in communion. Come find your place here where there are no strangers or foreigners, only brothers and sisters in the sight of God. We give thanks because Jesus showed us the way; we give thanks because Jesus is the Way. Jesus was a gift from God for the world. He was called Immanuel, “God with us”. He came to save us from our sins. Jesus lived a life of thankfulness and gave his life as a sacrifice for many. We give thanks that he the Light of the World. Come for Advent Communion and singing quiet songs to stir and soothe our souls as we prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ. This is a worship for all ages that come to quietly pilgrimage or perhaps with a bit of noisy reverence. Childcare will be provided if requested in advance, email request to jlibrizzi@umc-kzo.org.


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