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This weekend we begin a new Church year and enter the season of Advent. It’s a time of looking to the coming of Jesus: as a child at Christmas, and in glory at the great fulfilment of all God’s purposes. It’s a time of waiting, watching, and preparing.
There are various great resources with which to travel through the season of Advent. Here are a few of them (click on the headings to read more):
An app produced by the Anglican Board of Mission. “Scripture readings, quotes, photographs, poems, cartoons and songs take you through Advent and Incarnation with a particular emphasis on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Christianity, the Australian landscape and Creation theology.”
A short reflection sent to your inbox each day of December. Produced by Common Grace, 25 Christians share their reflections on how we can move beyond fear to become peacemakers in our world.
“Each day during Advent, participants will receive a daily reflection on the theme for the day. They are then encouraged to think and pray about the theme before sharing their own reflection, which could be an image or a “meaningful reflection”; and then share it to social media using the #AdventWord hashtag and the hashtag of the daily theme.”
As we come to the end of the “Year of Mark”, where most of the Sunday gospel readings are from Mark, it’s a good time to revisit the whole of Mark. Here are some online resources which are well worth watching:
Actor David Suchet reads the entire Gospel according to Mark, at St Paul’s Cathedral in London:
The Creation Window was re-installed this week, following restoration, flattening and cleaning. The colours have come up beautifully and the newly added brass bar across each panel will help stabilise the windows into the future. We look forward to similar work on the remaining windows requiring attention.
Are you feeling the loss of a loved one, whether recently or not so recently? At tomorrow evening’s annual All Souls’ service, we remember all those whom we have loved and lost. It’s a reflective service with readings, prayers, music and silence, and anyone is welcome.