1 A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;When I woke up, there was white stuff on the ground. And white stuff falling from the sky. Yayness.
from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.
2 The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him—
the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and of power,
the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD -
3 and he will delight in the fear of the LORD.
He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes,
or decide by what he hears with his ears;
4 but with righteousness he will judge the needy,
with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth.
He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth;
with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked.
5 Righteousness will be his belt
and faithfulness the sash around his waist.
6 The wolf will live with the lamb,
the leopard will lie down with the goat,
the calf and the lion and the yearling [Hebrew; Septuagint lion will feed] together;
and a little child will lead them.
7 The cow will feed with the bear,
their young will lie down together,
and the lion will eat straw like the ox.
8 The infant will play near the hole of the cobra,
and the young child put his hand into the viper's nest.
9 They will neither harm nor destroy
on all my holy mountain,
for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD
as the waters cover the sea.
10 In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his place of rest will be glorious.
I went to First Baptist today. I'm used to them from ye olde summer services. They do the bulletins you can purchase, and the cover had a purple (and pink) candle Advent wreath with two purple candles lit; and after the Call to Worship they did the Lighting of the Advent Candles by a family like I'm used to from United.
Then they did a Carol Sing where they sang the first 2 verses of the first 3 carols people asked for. So we did "I Wonder as I Wander" (which is new to me), "Joy to the World" (which is one of my favorites, but after all my conversations about Advent as an anticipatory season felt rather weird to be singing -- since it's "Joy to the world, the Lord is come"), and "Angels We Have Heard on High" (which is also another one of my favorites, and which I was a bit more okay with singing during Advent).
I saw Lois when I came in and sat with Bob Taeger -- and the Bucks, whom I saw parking as I came in, sat in front of us -- and then Ruthie was the Worship Leader. She did the responsive reading ("For Unto Us" -- Isaiah 9:6-7, 11:4, KJV) and then the morning prayer, which she began, "Good morning, Lord." Oh, Ruthie. And Geri whom I also knew from United did the Scripture reading (see above).
The minister did the children's message in which she talked about working on inner peace and also on peace with those around us (yes, this is the Advent Sunday of peace) and in asking about examples of non-peace in the world today, somebody mentioned Cairo and she mentioned how we live in ordinary time (I thought of wisdomeagle, natch) and how kairos means God's time.
One thing that reminded me of First Churches is how there were headings above the various sections in the bulletin -- GATHERED FOR WORSHIP, TOGETHER IN PRAYER AND TRANSFORMED BY GOD'S WORD, CELEBRATION AT THE LORD'S TABLE, SCATTERED FOR MISSION. Oh, and their asterisks say "Those who are able, please stand." ♥
The bulletin also says:
Presentation of our Offerings to God
"Everything we have comes from You, and we have given You only what comes from your hand." (I Chronicles 29:14b NIV)
The sermon ("Reflecting on God's Word" says the bulletin) was "A Message of Peace" but she didn't talk about inner peace as much/explicitly as I was expecting given the children's message. She talked about moving out of the either/or, I'm right/You're wrong or I'm wrong/You're right kind of paradigm and from there to moving away from exclusivity and quoted some guy (sorry I don't remember who) on how the most important word in the Bible (NT?) was "and." The talk of Jesus as a both/and reminded me of a recent post by sk8eeyore about one of her professors talking about how Christ is both fully divine and fully human and can we see the Biblical text the same way (woe lady, all your stuff is flocked) but on the whole, talk about Jesus as uber-inclusive/pluralistic troubles me. She also mentioned a little book called Dinner With a Perfect Stranger which sounded interesting. And at some point she used the phrase "fill us" and its aural similarity to Phyllis (one of the wonderful old ladies of my childhood) struck me and that was a lovely moment.
They read the Covenant, which is glued into in the back of the hymnals, so I can't copy it all, but I did like the line "Believing that our bodies are temples to the Holy Spirit, we shall endeavor to avoid experiences and habits which defile the body and hinder our witness."
The Communion hymn was "It Is Well with My Soul," and they used the dinner rolls from last night's dinner theatre in the round for Communion :)
And at some point before Communion I realized that the pastor's unusual stole was because it was Communion Sunday -- one side had a cross and one side had a bunch of grapes and what looked like a shaft of wheat.
After Communion, everyone went into the center aisle and held hands and sang "Blest Be the Tie That Binds."
There didn't seem to be a Coffee Hour. My mom reminded me that the Baptist goes across the lot to a separate building. They didn't say anything like "please join us" at the end of the service, though, and it wasn't listed on the calendar of events. Maybe they have so few newbies they don't say anything, or they have stopped doing it since the congregation is so small. *shrugs* I hung out with Ruthie for a while and then she drove me home and we chatted and then I had to go get my train. I took the correct street the first time to get to Diesel which was impressive since I've been there maybe twice before. The hot chocolate is still yummy, though I decided whipped cream is probably overkill. I also paid $6 for the same kind of sandwich I kept stealing for free from HBS this week. Le sigh.
Anyway, Sacha is lovely, and turns out to be a fan of Whedon's stuff and we had ideas for hanging out options (damn, the Wine Expo is more expensive than I had thought).
I came home and dug through some of my boxes in an unsuccessful search for my Whedonverse essay books. omg I have so much crap. I suspect I need to kick my ass into working on that during the week I have off at the end of the year.
While waiting for the train home at South Station, I noticed that the winter train display was all up and running. I've been seeing it in various stages of construction all week. Apparently it's the same company as always, but this year they didn't have any of the flatbed train cars with McDonalds toys like they usually do. I'm fine with the change, but I wonder what the reasoning behind it was.
The question of "What do I want to do with my life?" has been coming up with some frequency recently. Getting a masters in library science -- preferably from an online program, I think -- so I can attempt to be a YA librarian has appeal. And once I'm permanent for a few months I'm eligible for reduced rates at Harvard's Extension School, so I could get a Master of Liberal Arts in "English and American Literature and Language" or "Literature and Creative Writing" and thus have more ammunition for an application to a Ph.D. program.
Am in the market for a letter opener. You can get some snazzy ones online. Example: Excalibur. I prefer the Chinese sword. Though this is fun. This one reminds me of Faith's knife for some reason. I expect I will in actuality just go to a normal store and buy a normal letter opener, but the online browsing is fun. It all reminds me of how during recruiting I've taken to leaving my letter opener on my desk within easy reach in case I feel compelled to faux-assault anyone.
P.S. My femgen ficathon assignment is gonna kick my ass. *woes* Why did I say I could write that fandom? Of course the real problem is that the request is something I know nothing about -- like "Joan becomes a woodcutter" only, y'know, not.
Cat tagged me for:
Name 5 of life's simple pleasures that you like most, then pick 5 people to do the same. Try to be original and creative and not to use things that someone else has already used. Tag 5 people on your list.
I don't know if I like these *most*, but here's an off-the-top-of-my-head list:
1. The smell of wet pavement -- i.e., summer rain.
2. Snow crunching underfoot.
3. eating the batter while making chocolate chip cookes
4. walking outside in the cold air that makes me feel alive and invigorated
And no, I'm not tagging anyone, but feel free to do a list if you would like.
I feel like everytime I turn around there's an anon meme -- hate meme, intimidation meme, etc. -- and the "comment and I'll tell you why I love you" meme has been resurrected as well. I always hesitate to do that last one because I'm not sure what I would say to a lot of people, but dude, you are always free to tell me why you hate me -- though signing your name is appreciated.
Oh, and that 10 Things I Assume You Know About Me/My Journal is definitely on my to do list.