Congregational Church of Jefferson Park

Pastor’s Message

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Pastor Gayle’s Reflections

December 2018

The season of Advent will be upon us very soon! Sunday, December 2, marks the first day of Advent, the season of preparing for the Christ child.

This year, I invite you to join me in a series of one-word meditation prompts called #AdventWord. While this is designed to engage people of all ages across several social media platforms, it is adaptable for use offline, as well. So, what is this thing called #AdventWord? Here is some information from the Building Faith website:

“#AdventWord is a global, online Advent calendar. Each day from the first Sunday of Advent through Christmas Day, #AdventWord offers meditations and images to inspire and connect individuals and a worldwide community of believers to the themes of Advent. You are invited to participate by posting your own images using the hashtag #AdventWord and the word of the day, for example, #journey. Individuals, congregations, organizations, and institutions can all participate.

The words for #AdventWord 2018 are inspired by the Lectionary readings for Advent Year A and selected through a process [of] prayerful meditation on the Word. For the first time this year, one word, #Ancestor, was selected through the larger community via an online voting. The words are intended to follow the arc of the season, preparing us to #Celebrate the birth of Christ. This year’s meditations are offered in eight languages and American Sign Language.” (

The project has a website (, and accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We can share our images and written reflections on these platforms by including the hashtag #AdventWord. There will be collaborative collage boards in the sanctuary where we can share hard copies of pictures, whether drawn, cut out of magazines, or printed from a camera, as well as written words, that are our reflections on the words for each day. The words for each day of Advent are as found below.