Pay attention! Be present! Welcome what comes! These three imperatives are the hallmarks of a wonderful series of papers on contemplative leadership. They also echo through Advent. And the point of this reflection – they are attitudes demanded by liturgy.
These words were seared onto my heart and mind by Bishop Bill’s final pastoral message to us announcing his terminal illness and resignation. And now the kindly light of God’s love has led Bishop Bill to fullness of life and peace.
Our church buildings are open again for worship and prayer, and everyone is welcome. Rather than making a U turn and heading back to pre-COVID ‘normal’, let’s listen to what the Spirit is saying and seize the moment to act boldly and be open to renewing our communal worship and prayer.
My friend Rose McAllister is a natural mystagogue. And so is my grandnephew Cooper who is 20 months old. During Advent you are invited to participate in the diocesan Advent Reflection Process Waiting with Purpose and become a mystagogue!