Advent & Christmas at Christ Church

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
— John 1:1-5
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What does it mean for us to follow the Light of the universe in a world hell-bent, it seems, on darkness? Advent is always a peculiar season, not in line with all the busyness of our ordinary calendars, but a call to some sort of otherworldly like waiting. But how do we engage with that waiting when there is so much action required? 

We'll be leaning into the anxieties all around us on the global stage, in our own personal lives and the city all around us - and see seeds of hope. We'll be hearing ancient stories of prophets and people long ago bringing tidings of good news for all people.

And we'll be singing songs and declaring joy despite the odds.

A lot of change is happening in our community as well - we move up an hour to 10:30am and into our new worship location (just down the hall in First Christian Church's Fellowship Hall).

Here's a sneak peak at our Advent & Christmas calendar:

Sunday December 3rd 10:30am: Advent begins with a look at how the whole story ends

Sunday December 10 10:30am: Advent continues with a look at the last of the old prophets, John the Baptist.

Sunday December 17 10:30am: We hear Mary's "Magnificat" song of liberation and wonder is it a political manifesto or a song of deep personal devotion?

Sunday December 24 4:30pm: Through songs and strings we celebrate the birth of Jesus (note: there will only be one service this Sunday and no morning gathering)

Sunday December 31: NO SERVICE as we pause and set fresh intentions for the year ahead

The shadows of the season reflect a new darkness in our lives - but therein we might see the light anew. Be sure to bring friends and family during this meaningful season.

O Flower, whose fragrance tender
With sweetness fills the air,
Dispel with glorious splendour
The darkness everywhere;
True man, yet very God,
From Sin and death now save us,
And share our every load.
— from the 16th century hymn, "Lo How A Rose E'er Blooming"