Dear all
 
Yesterday on the Second Sunday of Advent we returned to our church buildings at both All Saints and St Barnabas. It was wonderful to be physically present among a good number of our worshipping community. Many thanks to all who supported the ministry of the benefice in our physical buildings. 
 
We reflected on Mark 1:1-8 and wilderness places, those seasons of change and transitions that call us to “prepare the way of the Lord” and trust in “the one who is more powerful”. 
 
As we press on with our Advent journeying, I wonder what gift our wilderness places have to offer us this year. Might it open our minds to a larger story — see what God is doing in and through this pandemic? Might it open our hearts to a new life — as we press into a deeper relationship with our Creator God? Might it turn our gaze to the coming Christ-child — as we create spaces for healing and restoration in our lives and our communities?
 
An image for Advent
I was gifted this nativity set yesterday and it is a wonderful reminder of what we are waiting for this Advent season.
Nativity Scene
Almighty God, purify our hearts and minds that when your Son Jesus Christ comes again as judge and saviour, we may be ready to receive him, who is Lord and our God. Amen.

At our online service, many thanks to all who blessed us richly with their ministry. Thank you to Tony Njoroge (on placement in our benefice) who led at our zoom worship. Thank you to Jaynie, Barbara and Julie (readers); Brenda (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.

Blessings,
Revd Dr Catherine Mark Okoronkwo
The Second Sunday in Advent
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