The Season of Advent

The Advent season begins today. We will celebrate this at Didsbury Baptist Church by lighting advent candles, by giving to  Christian Aid and praying for its work on behalf of the world’s poor, and by reflecting on the coming of Christ as light into darkness. As we await Christmas, we await the full and perfect coming of God’s reign and we ask how we might now live so as to make a difference for good in the world today.

We will pick up on Advent themes during our Sunday morning worship and we will hold three Wednesday evening gatherings on the 2nd, 9th and 16th December. We will serve tea and coffee at 7.30 for a formal beginning at 8. In the first of the sessions, I will introduce the Gospel of Luke (this year’s lectionary Gospel). Next week Brian Haymes will address the theme, On Being the Church, Beginning with God and on the 16th Kyle Gingerich Hiebert will help us to think about our spending at Christmas time. If you are in the Manchester area, you would be very welcome to join us.

I hope that during Advent many of us at DBC will read the Bible together by using the readings of the Common Worship Morning Prayer Lectionary. I invite others who visit this website to read with us. I will post the readings here every weekday morning of Advent with a few of my thoughts on the readings. Perhaps you would read the same passages and offer your thoughts by adding your comments to the daily post. I will start tomorrow and I look forward to hearing from you.

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