Each Friday in Advent, we’re taking time to reflect on some of the themes of the season and prepare something to put in the church.
This arose out of a desire named by several people in the congregation to ‘show that something was happen’ during Advent, that made it clear to those who moved from the Christmas-lit town, to the Advent-stark church that we were on a different journey, and not simply ignoring the fact that Christmas was fast approaching.
And of course it is a good excuse to gather, talk, and create something together.
So, this week it was Baruch:
Take off the garment of your sorrow and affliction, O Jerusalem,
and put on for ever the beauty of the glory from God.
Put on the robe of the righteousness that comes from God;
put on your head the diadem of the glory of the Everlasting;
for God will show your splendour everywhere under heaven.
For God will give you evermore the name,
‘Righteous Peace, Godly Glory’.
Arise, O Jerusalem, stand upon the height;
look towards the east,
and see your children gathered from west and east
at the word of the Holy One,
rejoicing that God has remembered them.
For they went out from you on foot,
led away by their enemies;
but God will bring them back to you,
carried in glory, as on a royal throne.
For God has ordered that every high mountain and the everlasting hills be made low
and the valleys filled up, to make level ground,
so that Israel may walk safely in the glory of God.
The woods and every fragrant tree
have shaded Israel at God’s command.
For God will lead Israel with joy,
in the light of his glory,
with the mercy and righteousness that come from him.
I suspect the more complex the theology, the more abstract the result. But it’s all there if you look closely.