Today we mark the Third Sunday of Advent. At All Saints Church we reflected on what it meant to be “witnesses of Hope” in the footsteps of John The Baptist, ‘the voice of the one crying out in the wilderness, “Make straight the way of the Lord”‘ (John 1:6-8, 19-28). John Cox in his book, In all Senses, reminds followers of Christ that we are people of “direction and purpose” and he poses these questions for us as we journey through Advent: “Consider what direction your life is going, what choices do you have? Do you have a sense of purpose for your life? What might you do if you have lost your sense of direction?” (p 55). However we answer these questions, we are called to testify to a God of Hope as we wait to welcome the Light and Life of the Christ-child that is coming to us.
At our online service, it was great to receive Brenda’s message of clothing ourselves in a Christ humility as a way of fulfilling our purposes for God, and being ready to embrace those seeking the Lord (Note: Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-end). She also shared the poignant poem ‘Refugee‘ by Malcolm Guite with us.
Many thanks to Brenda for her encouragement and Revd Barbara who led our Zoom worship. Thank you to Henry, Jackie and David (readers); Jenny R (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.
Revd Dr Catherine Mark Okoronkwo