Pray With Us

Dear All,

And now on to the 3rd week of Advent.  How quickly it all moves on.

We hope it has been a peaceful week for you.  On Sunday 18, the 4th Sunday of Advent, at 7pm in the Blessed Sacrament Church, we will be leading an Advent Service lasting just over half an hour followed by some pre-Christmas cheer in the form of mince pies & mulled wine – all are welcome.  This is in addition to our third of our Advent Reflections on zoom and we hope you can join us.   The Reflection will be at 5.30pm on Sunday and the link the same for all of them; no registration necessary – just come!

 

Zoom link for ALL Advent Reflections: 
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86310896698?pwd=TWJOdEhDUW9EVHJQZ0ZubmRlQ2VWdz09

Meeting ID: 863 1089 6698
Passcode: 356819

 

The blessing this week is ‘A Blessing’ from Fire of Love.  May it bring you & your family many blessings & may God help us to channel that blessing to anyone we know who is ill at the moment.

With our love

 

 

Waiting    Joyce Rupp

Certain words are employed so often

during our liturgical seasons

that they can easily be ignored

due to overuse.

‘Waiting’ is one of those words.

What does waiting have to do

with longing for God’s coming?

When we wait in tough times,

we are in a special God-moment.

We know we can’t ‘go it alone’.

The one who came into this world

is our Peace-Bringer.

As we wait, we turn to our God

and cry out for Peace to come

and enfold us.

 

 

So, in the darkness, we wait for the coming of the Light into the world. This coming is seen as something in the future, but actually it is about presence, it is about being able to touch the reality of God’s presence in the here & now.  And the way we do that is by being alert!  And how are we to be alert?  We are to be alert by actually walking the path; we are to be alert by taking the opportunity of times like Advent to open our hearts to God & Christ; to resist being dragged into consumerism & the way we are told we ought to be living our lives.  We wait on the coming of the light into our world by disciplining ourselves, by living that wait through our liturgy, our worship, our prayer-life – by using this time of advent to practise that sense that we need to have all the time.  That understanding that, if we are seriously going to be Christian resisters – resisters of the violence and the hatred in the world, proclaimers of love – then we are on a life-long journey.  Advent is the time to practise the discipline of being – always there to resist the unjust powers, in a way that proclaims Christ.  Resistance through challenge & love, living that resistance by expressing the hope of Christ.  Christ is with us in this time of Advent, in the darkness, & Christ is coming with his light – the light of love & truth & beauty.

 

From a sermon by Ray Gaston

 

 

Waiting   Joyce Rupp

Certain words are employed so often

during our liturgical seasons

that they can easily be ignored

due to overuse.

‘Waiting’ is one of those words.

What does waiting have to do

with longing for God’s coming?

When we wait in tough times,

we are in a special God-moment.

We know we can’t ‘go it alone’.

The one who came into this world

is our Peace-Bringer.

As we wait, we turn to our God

and cry out for Peace to come

and enfold us.