Reflections on Advent, Week 1

For our Advent services at City Chapel, Pastor Anna Radcliffe and Director of Liturgical Arts Garrett Stier have been creatively responding to traditional liturgies through poem and song. Here are their reflections for Advent Week 1:


Who am I here?

Her fingers cup together, draw closely to her mouth as she sups

The water cascades down her arm and through the slits in her hands.

He draws water near her at the well. Speaking softly he whispers

About living water. Her head hangs low as he speaks, his eyes

On the top her head.

He reaches one hand toward hers and gently strokes her palm.

As he walks away, her gaze follows him.

She tucks a strand of hair behind her ear,

Grabs her things and walks away.

Where did she go?

-Anna Radcliffe

Come Righteousness, let Justice flow

Fall down, in a stream of Living Water

-Garrett Stier