Songs for the Waiting
Adult Education Topical Book Study: Sundays, beginning December 2, at 9:45 a.m.
During Advent, you are invited to join the Adult Christian Education Team’s topical study, which begins reading Songs for the Waiting: Devotions Inspired by the Hymns of Advent, by Magrey R. deVega, on Sunday, December 2.
Despite the presence of many beautiful Advent songs in our hymnal, most of us would prefer to skip right to singing our favorite Christmas carols. But, in our rush to get to the joy of Christmas, we forget what Advent is all about — watching and waiting for the coming of a promised king.
It is not about shopping, partying, gift wrapping, and vacationing. It is about resting, trusting, praying, and seeking. Through the words of moving Advent hymns and the powerful words of Scripture, Songs for the Waiting will help readers to reclaim a sense of the beautiful anticipation and preparation that is central to Advent.
Song titles include: “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”; “Prepare the Way of the Lord”; “I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light”; “Hail to the Lord’s Anointed”; “People, Look East”; “Come, Thou Almighty King”; “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus”; “Toda la Tierra”; “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming”; “To a Maid Engaged to Joseph”; and “Silent Night.”
Magrey R. deVega is the Senior Pastor at Hyde Park United Methodist Church in Tampa, Florida. He is the author of Awaiting the Already: An Advent Journey through the Gospels, and a contributor to Feasting on the Gospels: John Volume 1 and the forthcoming A Preacher’s Guide to Lectionary Sermon Series.
On Sundays, after a time of fellowship and light refreshments in the Sharp Atrium at 9:30 a.m., please join our discussion leaders, Jenifer D. Johnson and Deacon Adam D. Loucks, in the Craig Room at 9:45 a.m. The study will continue through Sunday, December 23, and then will conclude on Sunday, January 6. (Christian Education classes will not meet on Sunday, December 30.)