Dear All,

Advent: it is here again – what will we make of it this year.  The next four Saturday Reflections will look at major themes of this season.  We start today with ‘waiting’ – something that we not only meet in Advent which of its nature is all about waiting – but something we meet right the way through our ordinary lives & often something that is difficult & frustrating.  We hope one or other of the reflections will have meaning for you.

We hope you will enjoy these four weeks & that they will be fruitful for you.

Tomorrow we will have our first of four Advent Reflections on zoom and we hope you can join us.   The reflections will be at 5.30pm every Sunday in Advent and the link will be the same for all; no registration – just come!

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

Meeting ID: 863 1089 6698
Passcode: 356819

Our blessing this week is ‘Dona Nobis’ from Marty Haugen’s ‘The Song & the Silence’.  Let’s pray it for each other & for all who are entering Advent wanting it to be a time when we come closer to God.

With our love & prayer

 

ADVENT

Carolyn Morris

Advent.

Once a year

the chance to wait

with a purpose.

Makes a change.

 

 

In our Waiting 

Katrina Crosby

God, we come to you in our waiting.

We wait with our fears,

our anxieties & our frustrations,

our pains & regrets,

our shame & confusion.

God, help us to wait in peace.

We wait with impatience:

We rush around, preparing for the festivities,

not leaving the space to prepare

our hearts.

God, help us to wait in faith.

We wait in excitement:

We are ready to celebrate!

We know the story with its humbleness, simplicity,

and wonder.

God, help us to nurture our joy.

We wait in thanksgiving:

We are free & able to celebrate.

We have others around us to share in the journey.

We are able to wonder in the marvel of your gift.

God, help us to receive your love.  Amen.

 

 

 

Acting or Waiting –

Richard Rohr

At times, we have to step into God’s silence & patiently wait.  We have to put out the fleece, as Gideon did (Judges 6. 37-40), & wait for the descent of the divine dew or some kind of confirmation from God that we are on the right course.  That is a good way to keep our own ego-drive out of the way.

 

Yet there are other times when we need to go ahead & act on our own best intuitions & presume God is guiding us & will guide us.  But, even then, we must finally wait for the divine back-up.  Sometimes that is actually the greatest act of faith  & courage & takes even more patience.  What if the divine dew does not fall?  What do we do then?

 

When either waiting or moving forward is done out of a spirit of union and surrender, we can trust that God will make good out of it—even if we are mistaken! It is not about being correct, it is about being connected.

 

 

 

A Canticle for Advent 

Jim Cotter & Paul Payton

Let the wilderness & the thirsty land be glad,

let the desert rejoice & burst into flower.

Let the crocus bloom in abundance,

let it rejoice & sing for joy.

The glory, the splendour, of Lebanon, of Carmel,

of canopied forest & soaring mountain,

these too will see the glory of God.

Strengthen the weary arms, steady the trembling knees,

say to the anxious. ‘Be strong, take courage, be not afraid.

See, your God comes with true justice:

with doom & mercy God comes to save you.

Then the eyes of the blind will be opened,

and the ears of the deaf unstopped;

then will the lame leap like a deer,

and the tongue of the dumb leap for joy.

For water will spring up in the desert,

and streams flow in parched land.

The scorched earth will become a lake,

the waste land bubbling springs.

A causeway will be there, the holy way:

nothing unwholesome will travel on it.

It will be a pilgrims way: no robber will prowl there,

no lion will devour there, nor any ravenous beast.

But the redeemed will walk there,

those whom God has rescued will return.

Joy & gladness will be their escort,

sorrow & sighing will flee away.

They will enter the city with shouts of triumph,

crowned with everlasting joy.