Advent message…

From the inside of a house we look out through an open door. Two women are at the door, waiting. One is seated, looking out, her head resting on her hand. The second stands, waiting with her. Both women are calm and peaceful.

Outside the fully open door we can see the steps that lead away, and then a path beyond, out into the world. The picture offers us two views, one interior the other exterior.

The direction of the floor-boards in the interior encourages our eye to run from the inside to the outside. We are invited to watch and wait with the women, to look out and imagine what will come. Who might come down this path? What might they bring from far away that would be so welcome in this house?

One Advent custom is to stand at an open door or window and look out. That quiet waiting can connect the longing in our own interior to God. We can then articulate what it is we hope for

The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.
(Lamentations 3:25)

But as for me, I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.
(Micah 7:7)

Now is the time of watching and waiting
A time pregnant with hope
A time to watch and pray.

Christ our Advent hope,
Remind us to prepare for your coming;
Remind us to prepare for this time
When the soles of your feet touch the ground,
When you will become one of us
To be a one with us.

May we watch for the signs,
Listen for the messengers,
Wait for the good news to slip
Into our world, our lives.
Christ our Advent hope,
Help us to clear the way for you;
To clear the clutter from our minds,
To sift the silt from our hearts,
To move the boulders that prevents us meeting you.

May sorrow take flight,
And your people sing a song of peace
And hope be born again.
Amen.
(Kate McIlhagga, Advent prayer)

Service

Join us Thursday November at 5 for a special service for ALL SAINTS DAY…

All Saints Day Service

We will be having a special service on Thursday Nov 1 at 5pm  for All Saints Day.

Rev Celeste will be reading the names on our departed love ones. She calls this the roll of Saints.  If you haven’t given her your names, do it by Thursday am. Either fill out a green index card in church Sunday , put into plate offering, or email her with names.

Join us for this special service.

Wednesday 10/ 17th

Don’t forget to join us Wed. night at 6pm for our Grace@Meals potluck dinner, where we will discuss what Graces you say before a meal. Bring a friend, always tons of food, so if you are running late don’t worry about bringing a dish..just join us..

SUNDAY SCHOOL

This Sunday the 14th, at 9:30 we start Sunday School!

Come register and talk with teachers. Nursery care available..

Late again☹️

Bishop Rob and Sunday School teachers from around the diocese met at Grace for dinner and conversations about programs for our children’s Sunday School programs.. lots of ideas and conversations. Thanks everyone who attended…

At a glance

Sundays
9:30-10:30am

30 Eastman Street
Concord, NH 03301

(603) 224-2252
office@graceeastconcord.org
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The Rev. Celeste Hemingson, Interim Priest

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