#AdventWord is a global movement meant to stir the sacred by contemplating on a particular word each day of the Advent calendar. Some of our SJTL teens have joined the movement and shared their musings by submitting photos of what these words remind them of: Above you will see pictures that reflect their thoughts about “fellowship,” “strengthen,” and “tender.” Find out more and ponder the power of Advent by checking out the details at www.adventword.org.
Additionally, the teens of our parish were excited to wrap their arms around a service project that focused on the pandemic and our local parishioners. In that spirit, the teens have been paired with some of our SJTL community members to provide a small token of Christmas love by introducing themselves and delivering a card and small surprise. These little packages of love come just in time for a quiet and stay-at-home pandemic Christmas season—where many of us are laying low and keeping to ourselves in the midst of COVID. We are thankful for these wonderful junior high and high school students who are extending themselves to others—the heart of what the season is all about.
Hopefully the Littles and Middles of SJTL opened up their Week Two Advent envelopes, which included a lovely reading that centered on Mary. “Holy is Your Name…” is part of the song that Mary shared with the Angel and the children are encouraged to color, cut and paste these lyrics into a paper chain, symbolizing our connection to one another all around the world. Like AdventWord, we are all connected by the love of God and made in the Image of God! Please be sure to text or email your photos of this week’s craft and coloring page to firstname.lastname@example.org or (773) 844-2766.
Finally, we are excited that we’ve had a 100% response rate from our SJTL actors who said YES to film scenes (at home) for our first-ever Virtual Christmas Pageant, “Do Not Be Afraid!” Hooray! Now that the scripts and scenes have been distributed, our actors are studying their lines and will be submitting their scenes to Jimmy Alcorn by Tuesday, December 15. Jimmy will be compiling all of the videos, then editing, and musically enhancing the final version that will be unveiled on or before Christmas Eve. For individuals and families that are not in the pageant we may “see” them in our upcoming Christmas Eve video, “Home for the Holidays.”
Although it looks different this year, our community remains connected. Our readings and psalms of the season encourage us to stay the course and know that God is with us, especially during the time of a pandemic. Keep the faith and “Do Not Be Afraid!”