December 18th– the fourth Sunday of Advent (REfresh)

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REMINDER: This year for Cup of Wonder we will use “Lectio Divina” (a Latin term meaning “sacred reading”) as a means to open ourselves to what God wants to say to us through scripture. In the 12th century, a Carthusian monk named Guigo, suggested that there are four stages that are key to the practice of Lectio Divina. St. Ignatius of Loyola said this practice allows you to “savor” the text… sounds like WONDER to me!

Read (lectio – stage #1) Read the appointed scripture either here or in your bible at home; read it slowly and thoughtfully so that the Word comes to settle in you. What does the text say? What is going on in this Bible passage?

Reflect (meditation – stage #2) Think about the scripture text chosen and let it roll around in your head so that you glean from it what God wants to give you. What is God saying to you through the text? Is there something God may want to reveal to you in this passage?

Respond (oratio – stage #3) Move the reading from your head to your heart – leave the “thinking” to the side and just let your heart speak to God. Your response is inspired by your reflection on the Word of God. What do you want to say to God about this text? (Be honest and don’t worry – God can handle your questions AND emotions!)

Rest (contemplation – stage #4) Let go of your own ideas, plans and meditations and also your holy words and thoughts. Just simply rest in the Word; listening at the deepest level of your being. Now take what you have received in the Word and live that out in your daily life. What do you need to do, based on your prayer? (Prayer should move us to action.)


Today’s Scripture: 

Read * Reflect * Respond * Rest 

I was glad when they said to me,
“Let us go to the house of the Lord!”
Our feet are standing
within your gates, O Jerusalem.

Jerusalem—built as a city
that is bound firmly together.
To it the tribes go up,
the tribes of the Lord,
as was decreed for Israel,
to give thanks to the name of the Lord.
For there the thrones for judgment were set up,
the thrones of the house of David.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
“May they prosper who love you.
Peace be within your walls,
and security within your towers.”
For the sake of my relatives and friends
I will say, “Peace be within you.”
For the sake of the house of the Lord our God,
I will seek your good. ~ Psalm 122  NRSV


Questions with your Cup – Advent Week 4: *re•fresh /rǝ’freSH/ (verb) give new strength or energy to

What are you filling your cup with to refresh you today?

Where do you find refreshment spiritually?



Unexpected God,

Your advent alarms us.

Wake us from drowsy worship,

From the sleep that neglects love,

And the sedative of misdirected frenzy.

Awaken us now to your coming,

And bend our angers into your peace. Amen.


We are not at peace with others because we are not at peace with ourselves, and we are not at peace with ourselves because we are not at peace with God. ~ Thomas Merton


Our minds are full and our hearts are heavy, weighing us down on the one hand and distracting us on the other. But there is another way to live. We can stop wishing our lives away and live in this moment that God has given us. ~ Br. James Koester


Prayer: *pray for this process of re-freshing.

For those who make everyone they are with feel like someone special, Lord hear our prayer.

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