Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,
Today we celebrate the beginning of a new Liturgical Year on the First Sunday of Advent. The word Advent means ‘coming’ or ‘arrival.’ It is a season of waiting, anticipation, longing, expectation and much more. If we use our time well in Advent we can make this a season of great meaning, rather than simply of shopping and listening to second rate recordings of Christmas songs in shopping centres.
What are some possibilities then for observing the Advent Season. You might like to choose from the list.
• Discussion & Study Group: Advent Bible Readings and Reflections. Thursday at 3pm on Zoom.
• ‘A Christmas Menu—An Advent Reflection: Booklets from Anglican Overseas Aid that are available today.
• Set up your own Advent wreath at home (see insert in the pewsheet) • ‘10 a Day’ - see details in the pewsheet.
• Giving to the ABM Advent and Christmas Appeal. Given Covid our Mission giving this year has taken a hit. This appeal offers opportunity to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to be leaders with faith, vision and skills to help their communities through courses at Wontulp-Bi-Buya and Nungalinya Colleges, the Kanyan sustainable livelihoods program and the Integrated Gender project in Zambia. More details on the giing envelope and digital donation card available from today, or check out abmission.org.
Advent can offer us these and many other opportunities we nay have individually contemplated in drawing closer to this time. May they help us journey well as we prepare through these weeks for the greatest event in human history, the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Rev Cannon Ian Howarth is the Rector of the Anglican Parish of St Paul's Kyneton and St John's Malmsbury and is the team leader of the Central Highlands Cluster.