How are you getting on with your Christmas preparations?
In church, we begin our preparations on Dec 2nd, it is that special period of the Church’s calendar we call Advent. For many it is the favourite season, a period of reflection and contemplation as we move from darkness to light, waiting with expectant hope for the birth of the Christ child, born afresh in our hearts every year.
Embracing the Advent season of the church is a good antidote to the Jingle Bells of the market place, it is a detox from the Christmas preparation stress. Indeed one can become so engrossed with Advent, family Christmas preparations become in danger of being overlooked. Thank goodness for the internet.
This poem from Peter Millar, of the Lona Community gives good insight into Advent
Within these fragmented days,
a gentle invitation
threads through our lives,
reminding us that all is sacred
in a love that knows no bounds.
And with that quiet knowledge we
re-enchant our times,
taking risk on holy ground:
hearing God’s heartbeat in our global
halting our harshness in our work for justice,
loosening our souls as our fears are named,
recognizing new markers in the passion of our prayers.
we journey freely
re-imagining God’s presence
with re-awakened minds;
discovering afresh that surprising healing
which today, so powerfully
illumines our poverty of understanding.
If these words strike a chord with you, then don’t miss the Advent Carol Service on December 2nd at 6.00 pm, followed as always with mulled wines. And for those who have asked for study groups, Rev’d Judith Howes is running an Advent Course entitled ‘Promises, Promises’, on Thursdays at 11.00 am, the the meeting room in church. Enrich your Christmas by having first indulged in a spirit filled Advent.
And finally, we arrive at Christmas, with all the busyness of Christmas Eve in the kitchen and the last minute shopping completed, and all of this accompanied by children wound up like a tight spring with excitement. What better way is there to chill our before the big day itself than to come to our Christmas Eve Carol Service on Monday 24th December at 7.00 pm. Let music and reading quieting your very being and enable you to focus on the birth of Jesus, a birth that would be no less dangerous in the circumstances in Bethleham today, as it was over 2000 years ago.
With every best wish for a Christ filled Christmas