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“Long ago, God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son.” Hebrews 1:2

The season of Advent (meaning ‘the coming, the arrival’) is a key formational part of the Christian yearly calendar.   It is when we explore the most significant thought it is possible for humankind to ponder, namely ‘the Incarnation’. At a point in human history, in the person of Jesus Christ, God broke into His own creation to heal and restore it: ‘Immanuel’ (God with us).

It is a belief that has inspired people to glimpse a new vision for humanity and with this to know ‘hope’. Jesus is the ‘light of the world’, who came into the darkness and the darkness could not overcome it.

Many have tried to capture this ‘miraculous’ concept in words:

“In the Incarnation the whole human race recovers the dignity of the image of God. Through fellowship and   communion with the incarnate God in Christ, we recover our true humanity.” ― Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“Christ is everywhere, closer to everything created than these things are to themselves. God’s embodiment through Christ encompasses the world.” ― Vitor Westhelle

 Over the next four weeks, up to Christmas Day, we will explore this season of anticipation and expectation through the traditional four Advent expressions of HOPE – PEACE – JOY – LOVE

1st December: HOPE – Josh Jones
Advent Lunch on the Lawn

8th December: PEACE – Gareth Walters
5pm Blue Christmas Service

15th December: JOY – Jeremy Woods
10.45am KidsChurch Christmas Play

22nd December: LOVE – Kate Berkley
Carol Services

Christmas Eve – Josh Jones
6pm Christingle – Family Christmas Service
9pm and 11pm Services
9pm service with Choir and Orchestra

Christmas Day – Gareth Walters
9.30am Service

 

“Savouring the Sabbath”

Sabbath is the biblical principle of setting aside a day for rest and worship. In Exodus 20:8 the Sabbath is commanded by God to be kept as a holy day of restoration, as God rested from the act of creation. In our ultra busy, noise-saturated world, it is essential to make space in our lives to take stock and savour life’s rich blessings given by God. To savour the presence of God that permeates all life. In this traditional holiday season of January, we will explore aspects of this principle throughout this series.

5th JANUARY 8.30am | 10.00am
SPEAKER: Stan Thorburn

12th JANUARY 8.30am | 10.00am
SPEAKER: Kate Berkley

19th JANUARY 8.30am | 10.00am
SPEAKER: Josh Jones

26th JANUARY 8.30am | 10.00am
SPEAKER: Antony Gladding

 

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