From the Principal's Desk. . .
If you’ve been in a meeting with me recently when I’ve been leading worship or prayers, you might have noticed I’m re-visiting Lent. As Advent draws near, the prayers and reflections that have been speaking to me are from this year’s United Church Lenten Study “Faithfully Yours”. Three of the contributors are CCS students. Lent and Advent are both liturgical seasons of waiting, and oh, are we waiting!
Waiting to see if the pandemic surge will slow down, waiting for test results, waiting for curbside pickup, waiting to make decisions, waiting for a vaccine…. The reflections formatted as letters are even more appropriate now, as I stock up on seasonal postage stamps, and contribute to my niece learning to read by sending weekly letters for her to sound out.
At the Centre, we are waiting too. We are waiting for a time when it is safe to welcome our students back to in-person learning circles. Waiting for David to return from parental leave. Waiting for a time when our staff can once again meet around the table in the Kay Pearson room, sharing stories about concerts and theatre and trips that are further afield than neighbourhood walks.
The epistle reading for the first Sunday in Advent speaks to us about waiting, and gives us promises to sustain us as we wait.
So that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by God you were called into the fellowship of the Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.
1 Corinthians 1:7-9
As we step into Advent I wonder what each of you is waiting for.
I find myself resting in the assurance that we have already been given the spiritual gifts we need, and the reassurance that communities, individuals and families have been strengthening relationships over distance and through hard times for millennia. Leaning into the words and wisdom of our students reminds me of the generosity of God in blessing us with spiritual gifts. Spending time with our cohort of diaconal mentors reminds me that we are strengthened generation to generation by our connections. Receiving the generous donations in response to our end of year fundraising campaign reveals our community's ongoing commitment to offering transformative education through the Centre.
As we slip into a next season of waiting, may we also be preparing: sharing our gifts, material and spiritual; sharing our visions of a re-imagined body of Christ; sharing our faith and fellowship.