Nineteen adults and ten children gathered on Sunday evening for The Advent Table.  We began with a simple meal and then moved to the sanctuary for a time of reflection and sharing rooted in Luke 1.39-45:

Visitation by Jan Richardson

Visitation by Jan Richardson

In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country,  where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth.  When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leapt in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.  And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me?  For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leapt for joy.  And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.’

As soon as Mary encounters the angel and learns of the Word being conceived within her womb, she sets out to see Elizabeth.  Mary must have yearned to sojourn with someone who could truly relate to the depths of her emotions and hopes and fears.  Mary must have longed for companionship amidst the beauty and vulnerability of preparing to give birth to God’s promise of hope.

After reflecting on the need for companionship found in this sacred story, we made our way into small groups to share about the people who’ve been companions in our own journeys.  Who have we turned to in our times of joy and our times of uncertainty?  Who have we accompanied in life and faith?

The Advent Table will turn to Joseph’s story this coming Sunday as we continue to companion one another in preparing for the mystery of Christmas which waits to be born in our midst once more.