Home rituals in Advent

What home rituals do you have in Advent? My family is packing to move house a week before Christmas, so Advent is rather invisible at home at the moment. In the past, we have had an Advent candle or an Advent calendar, and rituals such as writing cards and putting up the tree and decorations a week before Christmas. What do you do in this month to get ready for the One whose coming we await?

Below I have re-posted a lovely personal blogpost by another on this subject. It would be interesting to hear in the comments what YOU do in Advent to mark the season.

Gillian

St Chrysostom's Church News and Views

Recovering at home from a recent operation Sandra reflects on home rituals of Advent, and a Posada visit:

Angel 3Several angels have been ministering in this house recently, bringing me cups of tea, hoovering , making me dinner and doing those tasks which the use of double crutches make impossible or at least difficult. But since Sunday an image of an angel has also appeared daily, so far  one hovering over the bread bin , one in a window and two in the hall. And behold sitting on the sideboard between some cards is a wiseman on his camel. Sometime in the next two weeks he will meet the other two wisemen  also in the house perched in unlikely places.

Slowly, day by day, my house is moving towards the climax of Christmas Eve . In the last week the tree will be decorated, the house will be filled with assorted…

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Spring 2014 Newsletter

prophet DanielThe WHAM (Amberley Parish newsletter) for the spring quarter is now out.
To see this, go to the Newsletter page on this site by clicking on the
relevant link in the menu above.

From there you can download a pdf of the newsletter, and if you wish,
send us a contact form to add yourself to the newsletter emailing or delivery list.

Happy reading.

 

Whatever You Are, Be a Good One

Whatever You Are, Be a Good One

This is the title of a new book, described on the wonderful advert-free Brain Pickings review website as “…an impossibly charming compendium of 100 wise and timeless thoughts from some of history’s greatest minds, hand-lettered by illustrator and Brain Pickings collaborator Lisa Congdon.

The common thread underpinning these quotes … is Congdon’s own sensibility about what it means to live with kindness and integrity, to cherish beauty and the creative spirit, and ultimately to be a good human being.

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Leaning into God’s love

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Come all you questioners
looking for answers,
And searching for reasons
and sense in it all…*

This Sunday is about worshipping God, about experiencing the joy that Pamela spoke of in last week’s sermon, as we lean into the love in the presence of the Holy Spirit.

Sounds like a whole lot of words but when you relax into praising God you find soul peace and joy. Come, try it, 9.30am, Holy Innocents, Church Street, Amberley.

Come all you… as our lively ‘Vagabonds’ intro encourages. God calls You.

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Liz, Worship leader this Sunday (6 July).

[*lyrics from Stuart Townend, ‘Vagabonds’]

Oh, and just for fun: Zaptist

 

The bolder task of praise

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Kristin, Pamela & Llewellyn

‘There is a lot of a-theism in our church. That is, too much church activity and too many sermons are about us, and too little is about God.’ This striking statement, which could stop us in our tracks, is from Sunday’s sermon at St Paul’s (29 June). Licensed lay reader in the parish, Pamela Criglington, addressed us on the subject of Praise, basing her sermon on Ephesians 1: 3–14 as well as other readings for the day.

A few extracts from the sermon are provided below. [Thank you to Pamela for providing the text of the sermon]. Continue reading

Winter 2014 newsletter

flame and doveThe parish quarterly newsletter for Winter 2014 is out now. Those who usually find this in their letterboxes should get theirs during the week (once it stops pouring with rain and we can get out to deliver them!). Let our parish administrator, Patricia Gardner, know if you are not on the mailing list and would like to be, or if you would like to receive an email copy in future. Her email address is ej.pdgardner@kinect.co.nz

Click on the link below to load a pdf version.  Happy Pentecost!

WHAM June’14 screen version

 

Video gem #1

‘Some thoughts on kindness’
This video published on YouTube is only two minutes long but quite thought-provoking, especially the final word. It’s an animated adaptation of a commencement speech given by author George Saunders at Syracuse University in May 2013. The wonderful advertisement-free review site www.brainpickings.org drew attention to the video this week along with an illustrated book based on the speech that has just been published.

Produced By: Above Average.  Adapted By: Tim Bierbaum