Today we celebrate the First Sunday in Advent.

As we reflected on Mark 13:24-37, we are reminded that Advent times of life are times of waiting, preparation and expectation. Advent offers a liminal moment in which we live in between what was and what will be. And, this year, in the context of a pandemic, we find ourselves in an Advent threshold moment that calls us to trust God, and see His light break through the darkness in the Christ-child. Times of transition can be hard, but as we run towards the Light, towards Christ himself, we know that nothing can separate us from the Love of God.

A Prayer For The First Sunday In Advent

Almighty God,
give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness
and put upon us the armour of light,
now in the time of this mortal life,
in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility;
that in the last day
when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge
both the quick and the dead,
we may rise to the life immortal;
through him who liveth and reigneth with thee
and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.

Many thanks to Revd Barbara, our Assistant Minister, who led today’s online service. Thank you to Julie, Jaynie and Jon (readers); Kim (prayers); Malcolm and Richard (music) and everyone who joined in and participated in today’s act of worship.

Please do note that there are many Advent resources offered on our website. Keep an eye out for David Robinson’s Advent Reflections’ images.

If you missed it, you might be interested to spend time with Bristol Cathedral’s Virtual Advent Retreat.

Might we make a commitment to spend time with God this Advent… make space to be in his presence, to read and meditate on his Word, to spend time praying for our communities and the world…? What is God asking of you this Advent season as we prepare for the coming Christ-child?

Public Worship: From Sunday, 6th December, our normal pattern of services will resume at both All Saints and St Barnabas churches.

Updated Church of England Coronavirus Guidance


Revd Dr Catherine Mark Okoronkwo

The First Sunday in Advent