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Advent Calendar 2018

Posted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 8:58 am
by Caroline
This Advent we are revisiting a previous Advent Calendar. The theme was 'Stars', and it will be available from Saturday December 1st, although you can take a peek here before it springs to life.


Advent Calendar 2018

Posted: Sat Dec 01, 2018 6:19 pm
by Joe Parrish
So lovely, Caroline. Thanks for getting us into the Advent spirit:

It is the First Day of Advent

May this eternal truth be always on our hearts:
that the God who breathed this world into being,

placed stars into the heavens

and designed a butterfly's wing

is the God who entrusted his life to the care of ordinary people,

and became vulnerable that we might know how strong is the power of Love.

A mystery so deep it is impossible to grasp.

A mystery so beautiful it is impossible to ignore.

(courtesy of John Birch on Faith and Worship)

PS--It is the perfect beginning for my Sunday sermon at

Advent Calendar 2018

Posted: Sat Dec 01, 2018 6:32 pm
by Joyce
I'm confused. Doesn't Advent begin on a Sunday at the end of November or beginning of December ?
I thought it was only Advent Calendars that began on 1st December but that for The Church it's the nearest Sunday, so I've not put my Advent wreath on the door yet. My RC neighbours have lit their front garden like fairyland today and it's beautiful. I thought this year it started tomorrow. Help !

Advent Calendar 2018

Posted: Sat Dec 01, 2018 8:10 pm
by Joe Parrish

You are absolutely correct, Joyce, Sunday is the first day of Advent 2018. Caroline copied a previous Advent calendar which begins Advent Dec. 1. So you have maybe 4 hours in the UK to get a jump on Advent, if that is even possible.

Advent Calendar 2018

Posted: Sat Dec 01, 2018 10:08 pm
by Joyce
That makes sense.Joe, thanks. I should have known that. Glad I'm not going dotty. I'm reaching the age when others at least start to doubt. The woman at the end of the internet helpline asked me the other week, 'Is there someone there who helps you that I should talk to ? ' !!

Advent Calendar 2018

Posted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 12:38 am
by Pam
Advent is marked by a spirit of expectation, of anticipation, of preparation, of longing. There is a yearning for deliverance from the evils of the world, first expressed by Israelite slaves in Egypt as they cried out from their bitter oppression. It is the cry of those who have experienced the tyranny of injustice in a world under the curse of sin, and yet who have hope of deliverance by a God who has heard the cries of oppressed slaves and brought deliverance!

It is that hope, however faint at times, and that God, however distant He sometimes seems, which brings to the world the anticipation of a King who will rule with truth and justice and righteousness over His people and in His creation. It is that hope that once anticipated, and now anticipates anew, the reign of an Anointed One, a Messiah, who will bring peace and justice and righteousness to the world.

Part of the expectation also anticipates a judgment on sin and a calling of the world to accountability before God. We long for God to come and set the world right! Yet, as the prophet Amos warned, the expectation of a coming judgment at the "Day of the Lord" may not be the day of light that we might want, because the penetrating light of God’s judgment on sin will shine just as brightly on God’s people.

Because of this important truth, especially in the Eastern Orthodox Churches, the Season of Advent has been a time of fasting and penitence for sins similar to the Season of Lent. However, a different emphasis for the season of Advent has gradually unfolded in much of the rest of the church. The season of Advent has come to be celebrated more in terms of expectation or anticipation. Yet, the anticipation of the Coming of the Messiah throughout the Old Testament and Judaism was not in connection with remembrance of sins. Rather, it was in the context of oppression and injustice, the longing for redemption, not from personal guilt and sin but from the systemic evil of the world expressed in evil empires and tyrants. It is in that sense that all creation groans for its redemption as we witness the evil that so dominates our world (Rom 8:18-25).
From The Season of Advent: Anticipation and Hope by Dennis Bratcher

Advent Calendar 2018

Posted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 6:25 am
by Ernest
Thanks Pam. :thumbs: