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ADVENT

LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS

151207 Light In The Darkness   Our Bible readings for Advent encourage us to look forward, so as we prepare practically for the celebration of Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ, in humility and vulnerability, we also prepare spiritually for his second coming, with great power and glory. He will come as judge of all people and then will restore all things, to rule with all his people over earth and heaven together. We are to prepare the way for the Lord, confessing our sins and strengthening our prayer lives, alert to how God is working in our time and praying for the signs of his kingdom: peace and justice for all. During Advent, I have mentioned two resources which may be helpful in strengthening our prayer lives.   prayer resource 1 Firstly, the Simple Guide to Prayer, which is a summary of Bishop John Pritchard’s book, ‘How to Pray’. The simple guide is available free on the Diocese of Oxford’s website  http://www.oxford.anglican.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/LF_prayer_leaflet_v2-2.pdf. I also have a few printed copies. Do ask me for one if you’d like to.         Secondly, I have started using John Baillie’s classic A Diary of Private Prayer, recently updated into modern English by Susannah Wright. It has helped to deepen my prayers at the beginning and end of each day and there’s a blank page opposite each prayer for making personal notes. prayer resources 2               There’s so much going on in the world, war in the Middle East, the fear of attacks elsewhere and floods at home, it’s easy for us to lose sight of the hope that God gives us. Do try and spend time with God, eagerly watching for signs of his light in the darkness as we patiently wait for it to fill all the world.        

Letter from the Archbishop’s – Election 2017

                                        To 3 May 2017 The College of Bishops Archbishops’ Pastoral Letter to the Parishes and Chaplaincies of the Church of England, for the General Election. The season of Easter invites us to celebrate and to renew our love of God and our love of neighbour, our trust and …

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