What does the faith of Simeon and Anna have to teach us? They watched, waited and looked forward to the new things that God was promising. This was part of a service where we also renewed our baptismal vows as a way of looking forward to the new things that God is doing.
Carols by Candlelight is a much-loved part of Christmas. The challenge for me is to make it an opportunity to reflect on the events of the first Christmas, and why we remember it, rather than it simply being part of ‘what we do at Christmas’.
A silent communion can be a powerful and moving way of experiencing in a different way the significance of communion, of what we are doing when we take bread and wine.
The most basic prayer for Advent is Maranatha, which means “Our Lord come!” It’s the prayer that Paul prayed at the end of his letter to the Corinthians and was obviously a prayer that the Corinthian Christians already knew.
We don’t think about hell enough! And that is damaging our understanding of humanity and Christianity. That’s the challenge that I encountered last week, and now it’s Advent Sunday, which is traditionally a time of preparation for Christmas, with a focus on the Four Last Things: death, judgement, heaven, and hell.
Who are prophets? What is prophecy? How does this impact on us? What should we do in response? This is a sermon I preached on prophets at a church then in vacancy during Advent last year.
How do we remember? What do we remember? Why do we remember? And what do we do when we have remembered?
We are all saints! So, what does that mean? What difference should that make? We thought about this on Sunday, when we celebrated All Saints Day, including with a baptism.