Church Offers “Quiet Day” in the Midst of Holiday Bustle

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December 4, 2013 Grand Haven, Michigan.

Amidst the rush and activity surrounding the holiday season, one area church is offering an opportunity for quiet and reflection.

St. John’s Episcopal Church in Grand Haven, MI, is hosting an Advent Quiet day on Saturday, December 14, from 9:30am-4:30pm. Breakfast snacks and lunch are both included in the day which will begin and end with shared prayer with Holy Communion offered in the middle of the day. The Quiet Day speaker will be Sister Ann Walters, a Roman Catholic Nun and the Common Life Coordinator for the Grand Rapids Dominicans.

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The focus of the day will be a series of meditations and conversations, along with quiet reflection, on the “O Antiphons.” Best known for their setting in the holiday carol, “O come, O come Emmanuel,” these antiphons are focused on several prophecies Christians believe were fulfilled in Jesus Christ. Sister Walters will focus her meditations on what it means to make room for Christ in our own hearts during this season, particularly in light of the beautiful traditions in the “O Antiphons.”

“In my own experience, Sister Walters is a profoundly gifted spiritual director and leader,” said the Very Rev. Jared Cramer, Rector of St. John’s. “She always knows the right questions to ask to help you look a little differently at your life. I am looking forward to welcoming her for this Quiet Day and hopeful that it will provide residents of the Tri-Cities with a time to listen carefully for God’s voice in the midst of a very busty season.”

Father Cramer also indicated his hope that Sister Walters’ leadership would encourage an ecumenical group, “We all prepare for Christ differently—but each of us does need to find ways to make room for him in our lives. I hope an ecumenical gathering will contribute to the richness of the day.”

Anyone who is interested can register for the Quiet Day online at http://www.tinyurl.com/SJE-2013AdventQuiet or by contacting the Parish Office at 616-842-6260. There is a $25 suggested donation for the day, to offset the costs associated with the event, but scholarships are available by indicating such a request when registering. Registrations must be received no later than Monday, December 8, to be guaranteed a spot.

St. John’s Episcopal Church is a diverse Christian community in the heart of downtown Grand Haven. One of the oldest places of worship in Grand Haven, they seek to blend historic liturgy with challenging education and active outreach. They gather together for Holy Eucharist on Sundays at 8:30am and 10:30am and on Wednesdays at Noon and for Daily Prayer at 8:30am and 5:15pm Monday through Thursday.

December 4, 2013

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