This Advent we are exploring five spiritual practices at Ames First Christian Church in worship, Sunday afternoon workshops (4:00-5:30), and through this blog. Seeing Christ in others is the practice I am leading.
Today, I’m thinking about music and how it relates to hospitality, in part because I’m preparing right now for a few extra music events. Tomorrow (12/12) Mary Jane and I are doing music at the First United Methodist Church here in Ames. FUMC offers a meal at 11:45 then everyone goes up to the sanctuary for music. We plan to share folk songs of Christmas from around the world – and hopefully get everyone to sing along with us. And Sunday (12/16) I’m heading to the Stover Memorial Church of the Brethren in Des Moines to lead peace and justice songs for Iowa Peace Network’s Open House and Alternative Gift Faire from 1:00-3:00. The next Sunday (12/23) I will lead the people of Ames First Christian Church in caroling to older members of the church and people in care facilities. We will leave from the church around 12:30 after a simple soup lunch.
Advent is a musical season. And especially in singing together, our hearts and lives are joined in a deep place. I encourage you to put yourselves in the midst of singing this Advent season and sense how you are surrounded by the light and warmth of kindred souls. And may that spirit remain with you and help you to recognize Christ in the people around you, wherever you go.