The Quixotic Pastor

Friday, December 01, 2006

Advent Friday Five

From Songbird of revgalblogpals:

Here are five questions about Advent for this first of December:

1) Do you observe Advent in your church? Yes indeed, wreath, candles, liturgy and hymns.

2) How about at home? Yup --we just "observe" Advent by watching it pass by way too quickly because we're so busy. Most years, we're doing good just to decorate for Christmas. But I understand the season's theme of longing very well, since I long for Winter Solstice as well as for Jesus, because the days begin lengthening after Dec 21 and my seasonal affective disorder starts improving almost immediately.

3) Do you have a favorite Advent text or hymn? I love the John Ness Beck anthem, "Every Valley", based upon the Isaiah text --"and every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain laid low, and the crooked made straight, and the rough places made plain, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of our God has spoken it..."

4) Why is one of the candles in the Advent wreath pink? (You may tell the truth, but I'll like your answer better if it's funny.) We in the GLBT community often take special delight or ownership in the pink or rose candle --we think it's God's little joke shared with us, a kind of Divine Wink that we really do belong in the church, although not everyone is "in" on the joke. It really is the "joy" candle for many of us.

5) What's the funniest/kitschiest Advent calendar you've ever seen?Let us know in the comments if you play. I've never seen a truly funny one, but I can think of a few I could design. "21 Days At The Mall: Lord Jesus, Come Soon --And Get Me Out of Here!" That one should go over well with our retail workers, God bless 'em.

13 Comments:

  • At 7:23 AM , Blogger QuakerPastor said...

    Excellent interpretation of the pink candle!!!

     
  • At 7:32 AM , Blogger Songbird said...

    I like your take on the pink candle, which I had not heard before. Thanks for sharing it!

     
  • At 7:45 AM , Blogger chartreuseova said...

    That's great about the GLBT community connection with the pink candle. That Divine wink had crossed my mind and it's so funny that most of us outside the community don't "get it".

    Joy to you, this Advent.

     
  • At 8:02 AM , Blogger hipchickmamma said...

    ditto! the pink candle explanation is awesome! i will definately be suggesting to some friends to drop by and read it for themselves! wonderful!

    i think you may have something very profitable with your advent calendar idea!

     
  • At 8:15 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Another advantage of living "on the other side of the river;" the snow isn't usually snow anymore by the time it gets to us...

    I do like your advent calendar idea, though...

     
  • At 8:56 AM , Blogger rev maria said...

    Love the pink candle. Now I have to go find one for this year (and maybe some blue ones instead of the green that my worship committee got last year!)

     
  • At 9:07 AM , Blogger Sue said...

    I love the pink candle idea!

     
  • At 10:19 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Advent gets "observed" in a similar fashion in our house!

     
  • At 12:29 PM , Blogger Magdalene6127 said...

    Beautifully Played, Dona... love your answers to 4 and 5!

    Blessings,

    Mags

     
  • At 12:46 PM , Blogger Mary Beth said...

    Great answer! You win as far as I'm concerned!

     
  • At 4:26 PM , Blogger Sally said...

    That is the best explanation of a pink candle I have seen! I love the idea od a divine wink!!!

    Peace and blessings

     
  • At 4:28 PM , Blogger Sally said...

    yay for the pink candle

     
  • At 11:48 AM , Blogger revabi said...

    Oh now that is a good one for #4.

    I like your idea for a designed advent calendar

     

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