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    Sunday, December 4, 2016 The readings: Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19;Romans 15:4-13; Matthew 3:1-12 The Rev. Ayanna Moore will preach on the topic of: "Maverick Ministry/Maverick Faith."
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    Dec. 4, 11, Dec. 18, from 11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. "The Christian tradition has long cherished a vision of the world as paradise, a simple, harmonious whole made manifest in creation and renewed in Christ. From the garden in Genesis to the peaceable kingdom in Isaiah to the heavenly city in the Book of Revelation, one encounters recurring images of this unbroken whole that is paradise." - Douglas Christie During the season of Advent, we prepare for the renewal of the world, symbolized by the birth of the Christ Child and the coming of the light in the darkest days of winter. The coming of Christ is not about the end of the world, but rather its transfiguration. In the early church, the apokatastasis panton – the renewal of all things – was understood as the recreation of paradise on earth. This series will explore some aspects of the "paradise tradition": prosoche or paying attention; cultivating penthos, the gift of tears; undergoing kenosis or self-emptying; and experiencing amerimnia, freedom from anxiety or care. How might these ancient practices support our work to renew the world?
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    Wednesdays, Dec. 7, 14, 21, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Please join us during this year's Advent Series as we learn about and practice centering prayer, a prayer of the heart carried out through meditation. During centering prayer, we experience God's presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. Centering prayer adds depth of meaning to all prayer and facilitates the movement from more active modes of prayer — verbal, mental or affective prayer — into a receptive prayer of resting in God. The series will be led by Sandra Dratler, who welcomes your questions, sandradratler@gmail.com.
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    Support our youth program by purchasing a beautiful Advent Wreath for your home. Wreaths are $32 each and will be available for pick up in mid Dec. You may pre-order your wreath(s) by emailing Courtney at stjamesyouthsf@gmail.com. Please include your name, phone number, and the number of wreaths you would like.