Advent Sunday service – 2nd December 2018

Led by Rev Suzanne Nockels

Opened with Malachi 3:1-3  and hymn ‘O Come, O Come Emmanuel’

Suzanne brought a small decorated box to the service, – a posada, explaining it was a wandering crib. In the box was a nativity scene and Suzanne asked the congregation to take possession of it for 3-4 days before passing it onto someone else in church. In the box is a notepad on which holders should express any thoughts they may have whilst holding the box.

Suzanne then asked who would we give house room to:

  • Would we take in a baby and nurture it?
  • Would we take an adult into our home?
  • Would we welcome Christ in Glory?
  • Would we take in a judge – at the second coming?

At this point the first candle on the Advent ring was lit  reading Matthew 25:13.  The new venture of an Advent Wall was then introduced and it is hoped the wall will bring all users of the church together rather than a wall that divides.

Following Readings: Isaiah 64: 1-8    Suzanne posed the question ‘What does it mean to say Come Lord Jesus’

Can we plan happiness or organise real joy? At Christmas do we really know what we want and what will bring real joy?  Joy is something we receive not something to be grabbed or chased and Suzanne compared it to catching a butterfly.  Sit still until it lands on you and experience the joy!

Advent is like waiting for the butterfly, often joy coming after suffering and something needs surrendering.

In Matthew 8: 5-13 we read of the centurion used to giving orders but when his boy is ill he surrenders all his power and Roman ideals to approach Jesus. His belief being strong when he declines the  offer of Jesus to come to his house just asking Jesus to give the order. He returns home to experience the joy of his bit beig recovered.

We finished watching ‘the Tea Man’ who sets up a free tea wagon and gives up so much living on 1/5th of the average US income but leading to new interactions and friendships of all races and religions.  He started a band and strangers became friends!

 

 

 

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