Goshen College will again offer annual online weekday devotions to help believers make time and space in their hearts and minds to reflect during the season of Advent.
Beginning Nov. 22, the week before the first Sunday of Advent, and culminating on Christmas Day, Goshen College students, faculty and staff will provide weekday reflections based on the lectionary Scripture passages, available online at www.goshen.edu/devotions, or by subscribing to the daily email. Goshen College students and employees will reflect on the theme: “Dare to Imagine” from Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada worship resources.
Dwelling in the space between the texts and our 2021 context made us long for renewed imagination in our lives and church lives. So much has been put on hold or turned upside down that we need to listen and respond to God’s presence with new ears and renewed hearts and minds. As we begin a new church year, let’s dare to imagine our path forward with God toward God’s good dream for our world. Rooted in our lives of faith and our trust in the Spirit, and arising from our engagement with the Scripture texts, this worship series dares all of us to speak aloud our laments, confessions, and hopes for coming days; to look for a new language to express our faithfulness; to engage and honor the imagination of our children; to offer sermons that call us beyond our comfort zones; and to explore new carols and melodies to loudly sing our praise to God. Following this theme and responding to each week’s Scripture readings, we arrived at the weekly subthemes of God’s goodness, God’s embrace, God’s song, God’s face, God’s robe, and God’s dance.