Thank you to everyone who joined us for the “An Advent of Faith” series hosted by Bishop Phyllis Spiegel. We are grateful for your participation and the engaging discussions that took place during this special event.
Throughout the Advent season, Bishop Spiegel led us in a three-part conversation that deepened our faith and brought us closer to the anticipation of the coming of Jesus. The series provided an opportunity for the entire Diocese to connect via Zoom, bringing us together in this season of light.
In our Tuesday gatherings at 7:00 pm, our newest priests, The Rev. Ashley Gurling, recently ordained as a priest at St. Luke’s in Park City, The Rev. Daniela Lee from St. Mary’s in Provo, and Pastor Angela Chacon, who leads the blended Episcopal-Lutheran (ELCA) congregation of Ascension St. Matthew’s in Price, shared their reflections with Bishop Phyllis Spiegel. Their insights and perspectives enriched our discussions and added depth to our exploration of faith during Advent.
We hope you enjoyed the series, and we extend our heartfelt gratitude to our guest speakers and everyone who contributed to making “An Advent of Faith” a meaningful and enriching experience for our Diocese.
Dec. 5th, 2023 – The Rev. Ashley Gurling – “Rooted in Jesus”
Dec. 12th, 2023 – The Rev. Daniela Lee – “Joyous in Discipleship”
Dec. 19th, 2023 – Pastor Angela Chacon – “Abundant in Spirit”
Scroll down to revisit each week’s discussion, theme, and speaker lineup . Thank you once again for being a part of this wonderful journey of faith, and we look forward to future opportunities to come together in faith and fellowship.
Bishop Spiegel introduces The Rev. Ashley Gurling across the Diocese as they discuss the first theme of An Advent of Faith, “Rooted in Jesus.” What helps you to have your life Rooted in Jesus? Has doubt ever helped you grow in your faith? If so, how? What will strengthen you on your journey forward?
Bishop Spiegel and The Rev. Daniela Lee of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Provo reflect on the second theme of An Advent of Faith, “Joyful in Discipleship.” What does “Joyous in Discipleship” mean to you? How do you see joy as different from happiness or other emotions? Where are some places you have been surprised to find the deep joy of God? Can you remember a time when you found joy in the midst of sorrow or sadness?
Bishop Spiegel and Pastor Angela Chacon of Ascension St. Matthew’s reflect on the final theme of An Advent of Faith, “Abundant in Spirit.” In your words, how would you describe a life abundant in spirit. How are you, through faith in Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit, living a life abundant in spirit? “Abundant in spirit” might also be defined as being alive in Christ and those things that give us life. What are some examples of things that give you life?
The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.’ 19 This is the testimony given by John when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him,
“Who are you?” 20 He confessed and did not deny it, but he confessed, “I am not the Messiah.” 21 And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.”
“Are you the prophet?” He answered, “No.” 22 Then they said to him,
“Who are you? Let us have an answer for those who sent us.
What do you say about yourself?” 23 He said,
“I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord,’” as the prophet Isaiah said. 24 Now they had been sent from the Pharisees. 25 They asked him, “Why, then, are you baptizing if you are neither the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the prophet?” 26 John answered them, “I baptize with water. Among you stands one whom you do not know, 27 the one who is coming after me;
I am not worthy to untie the strap of his sandal.” 28 This took place in Bethany across the Jordan where John was baptizing.