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.
Recovering at home from a recent operation Sandra reflects on home rituals of Advent, and a Posada visit:
Several 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…
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.
‘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 →
The 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Click on the link below to load a pdf version. Happy Pentecost!
‘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