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.