Hosting Hope: An Advent Prayer & Community Sharing Series at Prairiewoods

  • Details

  • 12/07/17
  • 5 - 6 p.m.
  • $4 – $10
  • All Ages
  • Categories

  • Educational
  • Speaker

Event Description

Pope Benedict XVI once said, “It is the beautiful task of Advent to awaken in all of us memories of goodness and thus to open doors of hope.” Prairiewoods has been hosting hope for our divided world this year, and hope continues to be our touchstone as we enter the season of Advent. Advent is traditionally celebrated by Christians awaiting the Light of the World, Christ, who enters fully into our fragile humanity—dispelling darkness and kindling hope for new life. Regardless of the most recent current events, regardless of the darkness in our lives that is mirrored by the darkening days of winter, Advent is a season of hope—a season in which we prepare our hearts for the light we believe will come. Every Thursday (Nov. 30–Dec. 21), come to Prairiewoods (120 East Boyson Road in Hiawatha) to join in prayer and ritual, seeking to both receive and spread light during this season of hope and spiritual preparation. The weekly themes are: Hope (Nov. 30), Love (Dec. 7), Joy (Dec. 14) and Peace (Dec. 21), which will be followed by A Prairiewoods Longest Night Celebration to celebrate the winter solstice. On Dec. 7, listen to live music by Jonny Lipford on various instruments with audience participation and participate in prayer and conversation led by Jenifer Hanson. The service will conclude with time for conversation and light refreshments before we carry the light of hope out into our homes and larger community. All Advent services and A Prairiewoods Longest Night Celebration are family-friendly! Registration is requested by noon on Tuesday of each week. The cost for each session is $4 per person or $10 per family. For more information or to register, contact Prairiewoods at or 319-395-6700.