Notes from the Rectory

Sunday 27th November – ADVENT SUNDAY

• All Age Worship at 9.30am at St Nicholas’, Curdworth
• Holy Communion at 9.30am at St Chad’s, Wishaw
• Holy Communion at 11.15am at St Nicholas’, Curdworth
• Holy Communion at 11.15am at St John’s, Middleton

and beyond...
Details of forthcoming Services can be found in the Newsletter

Sunday 27th November, Advent Sunday, marks the beginning of a new year in the church. Advent, from the Latin meaning ‘coming’ or ‘arrival’, is a season of preparation, a season of anticipation, looking forward to the coming of a glorious gift. Will we be ready to receive it? The words at the beginning of John’s gospel, heard every year at Christmas services, proclaim, “And the word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth…..No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known.”

We can see and know God through the person of Jesus. The author C.S.Lewis contrasts the two kinds of man Jesus could have been – ‘an invincible man of iron nerves, or a vulnerable man of delicate sensibilities’. But, as a man of ‘delicate sensibilities’, he understands how we feel, because he has faced what we face, including weakness, testing and suffering.

However well we all try to prepare throughout Advent for the coming of Christ – and for Christmas at home – we could recall Mary’s experience of preparing for the birth of her child. Probably nothing quite came up to her expectations, with no family celebration, an imposed census, a long journey, poor accommodation – except of course, for the birth of the baby in Bethlehem. “Prepare ye the way of the Lord!”

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