Season 8: Week 2 | Joyful Preparations

Join us for this series of Advent and Christmastide reflections. The seasons of the church year are meant to teach us something about the spiritual life we need to learn. In fact, by entering into these seasons we experience the deeper dynamics and rhythms of the spiritual life by walking closely with Jesus and learning from him as we go. In this season of the Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership podcast, we are privileged to prepare and walk through the season of Advent together.


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Mentioned in this podcast:
Advent Reflections – Cycle A
Revised Common Lectionary
The Prayer Tree by Michael Leunig

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Transforming Community
Ruth Haley Barton

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Music Credit:
Advent: Music in Solitude
Advent to Christmas by Page CXVI

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Thank you so much for leading us so beautifully, peacefully and gently in this season of Advent and helping us to fully enter in and be transformed.

At our prayer meeting this morning we also read these readings, so it was very interesting to listen to your perspective too. Thank you.
One wee thing though… I tried to pause the recording (when you said ‘we pause here…) to go fetch some print outs. But on my return, the recording restarted at the beginning again.

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