The second of our Advent spaces, available to all who use the church building, is a space for Peace. We hope folk will pause and if they wish, leave a prayer and take a blessing.
A SPACE FOR PEACE
these days, we might feel overwhelmed and distracted by our attempts to prepare
for Christmas and all that is involved in this season. We are pressured by all
that needs to be done, sometimes anxious about the cost of it all, worried,
trying to think what we have missed and who needs our attention and care.
this day, let us commit ourselves to pause and rest for a time, to be aware of
what we are doing to ourselves, to enter into a time of peaceful reflection onthe coming of the Prince
the settle and stir of a burnt–orange sunrise,
the lilting laughter around a table,
the flash of clarity that sparks insight
leads towards wisdom,
find the peace that passes all understanding.
we are aware of those for whom, day by day there is no peace.
We cry out for
repentance of people and powers that peace may come to all.
we pray, let us pray for peace in these days,
peace, and peace for the world.
I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world
gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid’.
from In this hour: Liturgies for Pausing,
Dorothy McRae-McMahon, SPCK 2001 and Christian Aid liturgy ‘Light the Way’.
In this time of waiting,
may God deepen our desire for peace.
May we seek, strive and search
for peace for all peoples
Go in peace,
the peace which passes all understanding.
And may the God who is your loving parent
stand between you and all harm.
God in Jesus, the loving one,
look upon you with grace
and the Spirit visit you
with healing and peace
Adapted from Liturgy for the Journey of Life, Dorothy McRae-McMahon
For this season of Advent we will create a space each week in the church where all who use the building at Kelvinbridge can pause to reflect, write a prayer and take a blessing. Prayers are written on stars which are left pinned up in the Advent Space. They will be gathered up and shared in our worship. Each week we have a different theme, this week it's HOPE. If you would like to share in this just leave a prayer or hope in a comment and we can add to the prayers in our advent space.
As the church celebrates the season of Advent,we are offering all who use the
building here at Kelvinbridge a space in the vestibule to pause, to rest, to
think, to pray, to take away a blessing.
Each week will have a different focus.
There will be:
*A Space for Hope
*A Space for Peace
*A Space for Joy
*A Space for Love
This week we are offering A Space for Hope
This week we focus on recognising the
small signs of hope which are present among us. In these days we sometimes find
it hard to see the signs of hope around us. There are so many signs of
struggle, tragedy and suffering. Many are worried what the future will bring.
It can be hard to sustain hope.
us pause and discover fragile signs of hope, like shoots that push up into the
light. Let us believe today that love is stronger than hate, that life-giving
things are more powerful than the things that are deathly.
the world there are people like us, sometimes living in much harder places in
their lives, who also long for hope and look with eyes of faith to find the
signs of hope around them .Let us pause for a moment and join our longing with
hope hangs low in the human heart, may our loving Creator kindle compassion,
breathing life into the early embers of change and empathy.
we pray, let us pray for any today who feel they have nothing to hope for.
us be thankful for those who bring light into our lives.
Advent dawns, may the God of all hope empower those who plant seeds of peace,
joy and love in the world. May these seeds root in our hearts, stretch towards
the light, and blossom in beauty.
Romans 12:12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be
constant in prayer.
Adapted from In this Hour: Liturgies for Pausing, Dorothy
McRae-McMahon, SPCK 2001 and Christian Aid ‘Light the Way’ Advent Liturgy
May you be blessed with
faith and courage
this time of waiting.
you see signs of new life
springing up even in the darkest days.
God who laboured in love to create all life
creating within you
hope, new joy, new visions,
that together we
might bring a new world to birth.
(from the church this Sunday or e-mail email@example.com)
Amy Menzies from Christian Aid Scotland will tell us about the Light the Way Appeal
Celebrating Jesus, the light who came into the world, at Christmas we fill our homes with light and laughter, family and friends. But for more than 65 million people who are fleeing from conflict and crises, a joyful home is a distant memory. Forced out by the darkness of violence and fear, they're searching for safety and refuge.This Christmas 2016, another human being needs a beacon of hope. We can be the ones to shine the light towards a brighter future. We can light the way.