A Time for Waiting

Advent is traditionally a time for waiting—for Christmas celebrations for the children, for the celebration of the miracle of birth and of Jesus’s birth in particular, and for many Christians, a reminder of the waiting for Jesus’s coming again—for the fulfillment of the hope and promise he brought.

This season we gathered to reflect on the kind of waiting those working for social justice must do. We know that we live in times when bringing our hopes for social justice to fruition is unlikely in the near future. We need to find ways of continuing to work, even when success seems distant. The transformations we are witnessing now are mostly not those we have been hoping and working for. So how do we work and wait? How do we wait faithfully, receptively, but not passively? We are in a waiting time. Advent reminds us that the birth of the new takes time, cannot simply be forced into being, and that even miraculous success is likely to be followed by more working and waiting. Learning to wait well is an important skill the Advent season can foster.

Services in this series included:

  • Sunday, December 31
    10:30 am
    A joint service with Trinity-St. Paul's and Bloor St. United Churches
    Bloor St. U.C., 300 Bloor St. West

  • Sunday, December 24
    Christmas Breakfast
    10:00 am

  • Sunday, December 24
    Joint Christmas Eve Communion Service
    10:00 pm
    Trinity St. Paul's Sanctuary
    Ralph Carl Wushke

  • Sunday, December 17
    Bathurst Choral Concert
    Bev Lewis

  • Sunday, December 10
    Still Waiting ... Waiting Still
    Ken McEvoy

  • Sunday, December 3
    Wake! Wait! Watch!
    Ralph Carl Wushke

  • Sunday, November 26
    Waiting and Working for Transformation
    Jenny Nedelsky