Advent Two - Peace

This week during our Sunday Services we will be lighting the candle of peace. A lovely thought to carry with you through the week as you glide calmly around London Drugs, impervious to the frantic grabbing of stocking stuffers and sweet goodies. You can wrap yourself in it, blanket like, as you awkwardly pass the Salvation Army bell jinglers, wishing you had some change and attempting to avoid eye contact. Or is it just me that does that……?

We are called to display a different attitude at Christmas. We’re supposed to be the steady burning glow amidst the flashing, brightly coloured lights that festoon every twig within range of an electical outlet. For me, Christmas is the perfect opportunity to ask a friend or neighbour to come to Church with me. It’s so easy to ask right now - everyone is asking each other about Christmas preparations and competing to out-busy each other. It’s the perfect opportunity to offer a hiatus - to sing favourite old songs by candle light and find a time of intimate connection to the best gift giver of all. So ask yourself - who will you bring to church this Christmas? There are some little flyers in the Narthex which you can use to spread the word so please take a few home with you.

We join for worship on Sunday at 8:30 am and 10 am as usual. Come and soak in some peace.

On Tuesday 11 December the Ladies Dinner Group meets in the hall at 6 pm. Sign up on the board or give the office a call - we’ll hook you up.

On Wednesday 12 December at 10 am there’s the OASIS Eucharist and Bible Study in the Narthex. The Centering Prayer group meets at 5:30 pm and later, at 7:00 pm there’s a meditation session in the library. Somehow that’s quite a busy day of scheduled relaxing …

On Thursday 13 December at 6 pm we meet for the final part in our Advent series - “God’s People on the Move” - led by Archbishop Douglas. Come for supper at 6 pm and stay for Evensong at 7 pm.

And somehow that will be the end of another week! We all need a break … WE NEED CHRISTMAS!

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