a covidtide season of christmas at the beloved

Advent and Christmas look different this year, but we believe that we can offer a word of comfort and joy to the people of The Beloved and in our community of St. Paul’s East Side after a year that has left many anxious, burnt out and on edge.

The lyrics of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” tell us of a birth that brought “tidings of comfort and joy.” The Advent/Christmas story is a story of comforting those who weep and bringing news that causes rejoicing. We invite you to join us for a special “Covidtide Season of the Nativity.” Each day has a short reflection, action or practice. Join us the days that you can. Have grace for yourself and others on the days that you can’t.

december 9 - Joy

Music can be a great source of joy and a great way to express your joy. Do you have a favorite Christmas song, album or recording? Share it with us on Facebook, or by emailing worship@thebelovedmn.com

December 10 - comfort

Who needs comfort?

Pray for the medical staff treating those infected with Covid-19 and the extra

December 11 - Joy

“The Dead Sea in the Middle East receives fresh water, but it has no outlet, so it doesn't pass the water out. It receives beautiful water from the rivers, and the water goes dank. I mean, it just goes bad. And that's why it is the Dead Sea. It receives and does not give. In the end generosity is the best way of becoming more, more, and more joyful.”

― Desmond Tutu, The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World


December 12 - Comfort

Emmanuel is a name for God, particularly Jesus, meaning “God with us.” Listen to, Sing or read and meditate on the Christmas Carol – “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”

What stands out to you? What difference does it make that Jesus is God WITH us?

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel – full lyrics

O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here,
Until the Son of God appear.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan's tyranny;
From depths of hell Thy people save,
And give them victory o'er the grave.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Key of David, come
And open wide our heav'nly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtOi0IP0DCo


december 13 - Joy

Light the candles of your advent wreath and join us via zoom for “Candles and Coffee” on Sunday at 11:00 am.

Request a zoom link by emailing Pastor Katie katie.matson-daley@thebelovedmn.com

december 14 - comfort

Who needs comfort?

Pray for the lonely. Is there someone on your heart that you can reach out to? Send a card, or make a phone call to? Who can you reach out to today to offer comfort.

december 15 - joy

“The goal is not just to create joy for ourselves but, as the Archbishop poetically phrased it, “to be a reservoir of joy, an oasis of peace, a pool of serenity that can ripple out to all those around you.” As we will see, joy is in fact quite contagious. As is love, compassion, and generosity. So being more joyful is not just about having more fun. We’re talking about a more empathic, more empowered, even more spiritual state of mind that is totally engaged with the world.”

Dalai Lama XIV, The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World

Are there joyful people that you can “catch the contagion of joy,” from? Who are they?

december 16 - comfort

Who needs comfort?

Pray for small business owners and employees who have been impacted by the pandemic. What small businesses (especially those on the East Side) are you a fan of? Are there ways you can support them this week?

december 17 - joy

Joy to the world

Joy to the world, the Lord is come
Let earth receive her King
Let every heart prepare Him room
And Heaven and nature sing
And Heaven and nature sing
And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing

Joy to the World, the Savior reigns!
Let men their songs employ
While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat, repeat, the sounding joy

We don’t have much experience with “Heaven” but we do have some experience with nature, fields, floods, rocks, hills and plains. Share a photo (your own or one from the internet of something from creation that “repeats the sounding joy.”

December 18 - Comfort

Who needs comfort today?

Those worried about money - Christmas can be expensive. Some people are worried that they do not have enough money for gifts or food. Pray for those in need and ask God to show you ways you can help support some of the extra expenses of Christmas. Share any links you’ve got to folks helping out with Christmas costs.

DEcember 19 - Joy

You’re likely spending less time in person with your friends and family this year, but those relationships can still be a source of joy. How are you finding ways to connect across the distance?

December 20 - Comfort

Light the candles of your advent wreath and join us via zoom for “Candles and Coffee” on Sunday at 11:00 am.

Request a zoom link by emailing Pastor Katie katie.matson-daley@thebelovedmn.com

december 21 - joy

Sometimes a visual reminder can enhance our joy. Do you have a favorite Christmas ornament or decoration in your home? Share it on our facebook page or email worship@thebelovedmn.com

december 22 - comfort

Who needs comfort?

The stress of the pandemic, and loneliness associated with isolation has taken a toll on mental health around the world. Pray for those impacted by mental illness.

more to come...


Comfort Photo Credits: Marshmallows topping of festive hot drink in mug, square crop by Anna Ivanova from Noun ProjectJoy Photo Credits: Rustic holiday tree decorations, pine cones, balls and baubles by Anna Ivanova from Noun Project