Hope (Advent Week 1).
by Chris Kamalski
3rd Place has been my church community in Pretoria now for over 18 months, and much of my work investing in the apprenticing of local South African church leadership into lives of sustainable mission has taken place through growing relationships with this creative group of Jesus followers. I count myself privileged to have facilitated several retreat days of inspiration and input for their “Public Pool” (teaching team), shepherded a group of about 12 people through the Life Compass process as a means of discerning and moving into one’s vocational call in mission with God, and most recently, served as spiritual director for a group of 20-somethings who were using a clearness committee (ancient Quaker discipline to listen for God’s direction in one’s life) to help them make decisions about their future. It’s been wild figuring out how to integrate and introduce various spiritual disciplines and central concepts in spiritual formation with this group of South Africans, but so valuable as I seek to contextualize how a person grows with the Spirit within a South African context.
Thus, I couldn’t have been more excited to dream up how to introduce the season of Advent to this church. What you see above and below is the culmination of this creative project. I penned the reflections + meditations for the four weeks of Advent leading up to Christmas Day, as well as submitting an image that is the background for the introductory page. There is a downloadable PDF (Large Version or Small Version) on the Field Stories page of my new website.
Join with me, and a bunch of South Africans, in expectant anticipation and loud joy as we yearn for the full presence of Jesus making all things right in our lives and world…