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Dec 1, 2016


Advent calls us to prepare and be open to something new personally and spiritually. In this episode, Rev. Beverly F. Gibson & Johnny Gwin explore the significant enlightenment and connections the solitary act of reading can make with others and ourselves. Literature and stories allow us to lose and find ourselves by experiencing the ideas and lives of others in fiction or non-fiction. Challenging ourselves to being more open, connecting with, and loving people that you know or those that are different from you is equivalent to receiving Christ. We all should try to read more this Advent. It's a great tool for self-examination, awareness, and connectivity which are all transformative actions for us as Christians and members of a community.

"What are you reading?" It's such a simple question, but it can be so powerful in the process of making a connection with ourselves and others. Sure, The Good book is the Word of God and is the cornerstone of our faith, but spirituality and the gifts of God can be found in other works of literature and art.

Rev. Gibson's Advent "little Lenten" challenge: Ask someone (you want to have a closer connection with) "what are you reading?" Then take the time to read that book. Let's actively work to form a closer bond or a new connection by taking interest in others and their interests.

{Editor's Note: This is an excerpt from Rev. Gibson's Weekly Worship Notes}
During this brief season (Advent) we live in at least three dimensions: the calendar days leading up to Christmas, the period of waiting from the announcement of the coming of the Messiah up to his birth, and the on-going period lasting from his ascension through his coming again, in which we continue to wait. We await Christmas; we await Christ's first coming; we await Christ's coming again.

After a year of raging darkness and waging personal battles in the political arena in our country, my prayer is that this Advent season can be for us a time of stepping into the light and looking forward to the new life God holds in store for us.

Click to read Rev. Gibson's full worship notes

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What you will hear in this episode:
> Johnny's absence at Church confession
> Beverly's "off the notes" sermon
> After the Iron Bowl service description...a.k.a 1st Sunday of Advent
> Musician & Preacher analogy and commonalities
> Experimenting with sermon style when the service is poorly attended
> Rev. Gibson's personal thoughts and desire (post-election) to read the writer Proust and why
> Proust's In Search of Lost Time story and description of relevance
> Immersing yourself into a book to understand how we know or don't know ourselves and other people
> The three dimensions of Proust and Advent
> Fiction is a great way to see and understand people
> Modernity and where did it go
> Why sometimes Rev. Gibson doesn't go to The Bible when she needs some solace and perspective
> Our current Gulf Coast Bishop talks about that in the Episcopal tradition we start with The Bible, and then we move on to other books and works of art
> God's presence in art and in all things
> The three dimensions and the waiting of Advent
> Inattentive of the  messages and our actions in our lives
> Looking at the deeper meanings of things we have heard and ritually done for years
> The waiting of Advent and how our modern world is not good at waiting
> Staying awake - openness and attentiveness message of the weekly gospel
> Being open to Christ and the fulfillment all of the Christian promises
> Prayer - giving something attention, homage, and reverence
> Transforming the written Word of God into images and life. God is in the Word and in the world
> The Episcopal and eastern religion connection
> The Yin Yang and the light and the darkness messages
> The self-examination of seeing the light and the darkness
> The "Lenten" part of Advent
> The active participation of reading
> Movies & TV Shows vs. books
> Reading allows you to understanding and the empathy of others
> The Need To Read article in the Wall Street Journal
> Grandmother connecting with grandson with The Hunger Games
> Connecting with others through books art
> Rev. Gibson set herself up to get kicked like a football to read The Hunger Games that her daughter has recommended for some time
> Connecting, making relationships and understanding our view of the world is just that - ours - not God's or some else's
> Why are many fascinated and drawn to dark and negative entertainment
> Wresting with the light and the dark and your life
>" The beach is boring without waves" analogy
> Sleep of the mindless behavior
> The zone of highly attentive activity of a snowboarder and a soldier
> Active attention to seeing Church every Sunday
> The early Christians thought Christ was coming back sooner - the frustration of waiting
> Don't wear dirty underwear because we don't know the day or the time when Christ will return.
> Being open and loving to people that are different from you  or you do not know is equal to receiving Christ

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