Last Sunday saw us officially start the church year with the season of Advent. Key themes of waiting, watching and hoping in God’s promises were shared in a number of ways, through artistic prayer stations, videos, and the Magnificat: Mary’s song of praise on receiving the news that she would give birth to the Messiah.
One of the videos which succinctly summarises the opportunities available to us over the Advent period is below.
For those of us a bit more old school, here’s a quote I came across this week. Don’t be put off by the “thees” and “thous”: although written 200 years ago, it’s worth persevering with:
"If thou wouldst know how this great work, the birth of Christ, is to be effected in thee, then let this joyful truth be told thee, that this great work is already begun in every one of us.
For this holy Jesus that is to be formed in thee, that is to be the Saviour and new life of thy soul, that is to raise thee out of the darkness of death into the light of life and give thee power to become a child of God, is already within thee, living, stirring, calling, knocking at the door of thy heart and wanting nothing but thy own faith and good will to have as real a birth and form in thee as he had in the Virgin Mary…"
William Law The Spirit of Prayer:
With continued prayers and blessings as we journey through Advent