Berwick St James
Fisherton de la Mere
Sunday 9th December
Second Sunday of Advent
10.00am Berwick St James
9.30am Great Wishford
Carols and Gifts Service
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Saturday December 8th Great Wishford Church
10:00am – 12 noon Coffee and cakes will be available!
A morning of activities exploring the meaning of Advent – preparing for the birth of Jesus.
Daphne Smith will be leading an Advent wreath making workshop, candles of various size will be decorated for Advent, there will be artwork depicting Advent to look at and more to open up our understanding of the important season of preparation.
Please put this event and date in your diary. More details in the December magazine. To book a place please email email@example.com – everyone is welcome.
Please visit this page for prayers for daily use. Currently displayed are Prayers for Advent, Prayers for Christmas, Prayer Grid for November, Prayer Grid for December and the CW Lectionary for September to December 2018. These documents may be downloaded and printed out.
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DECEMBER BENEFICE LETTER
A REFLECTION ON JOURNEY AND ARRIVAL
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel (Isaiah 7:14)
Robert Louis Stevenson once wrote: "To travel hopefully is a better thing than to ar-
Advent is rather like that. It starts on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day and ends on Christmas Eve, so this magazine should arrive around the beginning of Advent. Are you travelling towards Christmas with a sense of delight? I wouldn't mind betting that on the minds of many will be Christmas preparations, accompanied by over-
Advent means arrival. Christians often speak both of Christ's first advent, his incarnation as Mary's son, which we celebrate at Christmas; and of his second advent, when Christ is expected to return to restore justice and peace to the world, though "no one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father…" (Matt.24:36). So each year, we have four weeks of waiting and preparing for that first arrival of Christ, reflecting on why he came, and what he means to us. And each lifetime, we have years of waiting and wondering when we shall see him again. In both cases, we are travelling hopefully, but unlike the view of Robert Louis Stevenson, it is with far greater confidence that the arrival will be better and more glorious than we could ever have imagined.
Furthermore, in these four weeks of Advent, we travel from darkness to light, symbolically, spiritually and in reality. We light the four candles in the Advent wreath to symbolise hope, peace, love and joy, reserving the fifth for Christmas Day, when we welcome Jesus as the light of the world. Spiritually, we are comforted by the knowledge that God came to dwell among us. And in reality, we head towards the shortest day of the year, after which we can look forward to lengthening days and a gradual banishing of those dark evenings.
May your journeys through this month be in hope and your hopes fulfilled.
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