Liturgy is where we publicly explore the multi-faceted and creative faith expressions of worship within the PAAC community. Here, we will have everything from theological musings and visual/mixed-media artist reflections, to poetry and fiction stories to ponder, dream, and reimagine how we can communally respond to the world around us.

Advent 2019 – Day 13 – The Pineapple

Advent 2019 – Day 13 – The Pineapple

I bought myself a pineapple in December.

Without thinking, plunked it in the basket.

It wasn’t on sale.

It wasn’t particularly colorful

or fragrant.

It was mostly unripe—

Bright green, like bamboo,

With a foreshadowing of yellow.

Advent 2019 – Day 10 – Being Hope to One Another

Advent 2019 – Day 10 – Being Hope to One Another

I grew up with what I called a wannabe “white savior complex,” also known as, “model minority.” My parents were saved by missionaries during the Khmer Rouge. I grew up seeing missionaries as my heroes and decided at the age of18, I would do such. My naïve pride expected me to teach the little Cambodian children English and guide them to Christ. I didn’t realize the injustice I was perpetuating by repeating the message I was taught that “Look at me! God brought me here to bring you salvation and you need to prevent your sins from my teaching.” Halfway through that “mission” trip, I ended up mistaking my homesickness by looking down at the others.

Advent 2019 – Day 8 – Isaiah 11:1-10

Digital art, 2019 Follow along with our 2019 Advent devotional series here and read our introduction post here. You can also subscribe for a weekly digest of all our posts on the right-hand sidebar.

Advent 2019 – Day 6 – Divisive Presence

Advent 2019 – Day 6 – Divisive Presence

Photo by Polina Rytova on Unsplash [CW: Violence] Today’s Reading: “But about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. For as the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days...

Advent 2019 – Day 5 – The Urgency to Pursue Hope

When I was given this passage to reflect on, I had a hard time writing about something that was positive. As I was reading the verses surrounding this passage, I remembered that our administration used this chapter of Romans to justify the cruel and inhumane family separations happening on our southern border. Some translations have listed “sexual immoralities” and the use of this phrase has been used to shame individuals, especially women, queer folks, and those with different sexual ethics. Also, any passage mentioning “salvation” reminds me of the exclusive yet intrusive nature of many Christian groups.

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