Minister: Revd Hugh Graham
97 Crofton Road, London E13 8QT
Phone: 020 7473 3524
From the Manse
December, and Advent has already begun! Our Advent calendars
counting down the days, and diaries filling up!
are lots of new things in my diary this year, as you will have
guessed, including visits to Santa’s Grotto, school Christmas
lunch, the Christmas disco and the Nativity play - I can’t avoid
the fact that Advent and Christmas have changed and we are
reality is that for all of us Advent and Christmas change in
some way or other. And no, I don’t mean the ever earlier
appearance of Christmas cards and decorations and food in the
shops - how many of you have bought mince pies or Christmas cake
and pudding and then found that the ‘use by..’ date was last
week? There is still that time of Advent preparation, readying
ourselves, reflecting on bible readings that talk to us in part
about the coming Nativity, but also of the second coming. Of
that return of the Christ as King… as Isaac Watts Advent hymn
“Joy to the world, the Lord IS
the world, the Saviour REIGNS!
RULES the world with truth and grace”
There is no future tense there,
our Lord Jesus Christ is come, reigns now and rules now.
we still come with joy and wonder to celebrate the birth of the
Christ Child, Advent reminds us that he has come, he is here and
will come again. And as time passes our faith deepens and
becomes enriched as we contemplate the words that tell this
story and carry God’s message to us, never leaving us unchanged.
time of preparation and joyous celebration let us also pay heed
to those for whom the twinkling lights and merry songs are a
source of darkness and gloom. Our brothers and sisters who
struggle at this time with grief, with depression, or illness.
At a time when the winter solstice makes days shorter and darker
they need especially, as do we all, the comfort, healing and
hope of Christ. As we go forward towards this Christmas season
May you be filled with the wonder of Mary, the obedience of
Joseph, the joy of the angels, the eagerness of the shepherds,
the determination of the Magi, and the peace of the Christ
minister and friend,
AN ADVENT PRAYER
The Advent story
of hope and mystery,
of this world and the next,
and a king
appearing when we least expect.
Heaven touching earth,
the footsteps of the divine
walking dusty roads
as once they did in Eden,
and a people,
searching for a Saviour,
and walking past
Open eyes and hearts,
that this might be
Advent of hope to the world.