Knowledge & Wisdom & Wonder

The ultimate ground of faith and knowledge is confidence in God.

~ Charles Hodge


Wisdom begins with the fear of the Lord, 
but fools despise wisdom and instruction. 
~Proverbs 1:7

The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. 
There is always more mystery.~ Anais Nin

 

I’ve been thinking a lot this week about wisdom and knowledge. I think you gain both in this season of your life. Knowledge is what you’ll be tested on in the coming weeks. How much have you learned about the subjects you’ve been studying and how can you show that knowledge to your instructors – that is the stuff of week #10 and exam week. Knowledge is a deeper knowing. It has to do with how you will use what you have learned, how you will integrate it into who you are and how you are in the world. This is sometimes learned in the classroom, and is often learned out of it – in interactions with others, in figuring out how you will spend your time, energy, money and talents. In making decisions about your life in the present, as well as those that will affect your future. Wisdom is about how has what you learned changes you.  It makes you ask, how will you use this knowledge to serve others as you reach out now and in the years to come?

And then there is wonder. I fear sometimes that during this time of the term, you get to a place where your mind is full, and your body is tired, and you can’t imagine ever again being curious enough to want to take in any more information about anything ever again! Happily, once you finish up with the exams and papers and presentations, and have a chance to catch your breath, that feeling of wonder has a chance to return. The timing of this term is especially good for this return to wonder, because as it ends the season of Advent begins. It is a time of watching and waiting and it is indeed wonder-filled.

My prayer for you is for focus and peace as you enter these last weeks of the term and for true rest and a chance to wonder at the world and its many mysteries during the season of Advent. 

Below are some opportunities to get together with one another before the break as well as worship opportunities at the local churches. I truly hope to see each of you in the coming weeks.

Peace y’all,  Jen

Tuesday, November 27 
5:30 pm  Supper with Substance – We’ll meet at CENTRAL PRES (corner of 15th & Patterson, enter off the alley).  Following dinner we’ll have time to talk and pray together.

Wednesday, November 28
6:00pm -7ish- Worship on Wednesdays @ Westminster – located at the corner of Coburg & Harlow Roads. This is a short mid-week contemplative worship service. If you wish, there is also a light meal before the service which you are welcome to attend – college students eat free. This week they will be using the ancient practice of Lectio Divina. Meal at 6, worship starts around 7. 

6:30pm – Adult Education @ Central Presbyterian Parlor – located at the corner of 15th & Patterson – Local Rabbi Maurice Harris, author of Moses: A Stranger Among  Us will be speaking about the book. Even if you haven’t read it, if you’d like to show up for the conversation, you are more than welcome. 

Thursday, November 29
Final Presby Pub of the Fall – A time of Bible study and conversation for 21+  This week we’ll continue the “moveable feast” so stay tuned to Facebook for details!

Sunday, December 2 – FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT
8:30am -Worship at Westminster Presbyterian (Corner of Coburg & Harlow Roads)
10am – Worship at Central Presbyterian (15th & Patterson)
10am  – Worship at Peace Presbyterian (3060 River Road)
11am -Worship at Westminster Presbyterian (Corner of Coburg & Harlow Roads)
11am – Advent Workshop at Central Presbyterian (15th & Patterson)  – following worship you can join in this intergenerational time for creating advent wreaths, crafts and other projects for the upcoming season. 
Tuesday, December 3 
5:30 pm  Supper with Substance – We’ll meet at CENTRAL PRES (corner of 15th & Patterson, enter off the alley). In addition to enjoying soup, salad & bread from Soup Nation, we’ll enjoy our tradition of decorating (and eating!) Christmas cookies! Bring a container to take some home for study snacks!!!

Wednesday, December 4
6:00pm -7ish- Worship on Wednesdays @ Westminster – located at the corner of Coburg & Harlow Roads. This is a short mid-week contemplative worship service. If you wish, there is also a light meal before the service which you are welcome to attend – college students eat free. Meal at 6, worship starts around 7. 

6:30pm – Adult Education @ Central Presbyterian Parlor 

Sunday, December 9
8:30am -Worship at Westminster Presbyterian (Corner of Coburg & Harlow Roads)
10am – Worship at Central Presbyterian (15th & Patterson)  – 
10am  – Worship at Peace Presbyterian (3060 River Road)
11am -Worship at Westminster Presbyterian (Corner of Coburg & Harlow Roads)
11am – Fair Trade Christmas Market at Central Presbyterian (15th & Patterson) – if you are still in town, you can take advantage of this opportunity to shop for Christmas and support many farmers and crafters from around the globe. 

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