‘Let every heart prepare Him room’ – Advent 2014

AdventMarcus shares the focus of our worship during Advent:

“At St John’s this year, we are going to take Advent as an opportunity to prepare ourselves – both the celebration of Christmas and the future of St John’s Church; and how the Lord will lead us in 2015.

“To start the season of Advent there will be the opportunity to gather together for a Quiet Morning on Saturday 29th November.   The church will be open from 10 am to 12 noon for quiet reflection and prayer before God – details below.

“During our corporate worship times over the four weeks of Advent, there will be a deliberate effort to reduce ‘noise’. Fewer musicians in the worship team, and more opportunity for silence as we gather.

“As we simplify our approach we hope to know God’s purifying touch on us, steadying and readying us for the next stage in our journey.

“However, Christmas will be the usual great celebration and we will most certainly be making more noise again then!

“So, together, let’s take the opportunity to still ourselves, and know Him who is Lord of all.”

Psalm 46:10 ‘He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; ‘’

Isaiah 30:15 This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says:
‘In repentance and rest is your salvation,
in quietness and trust is your strength …’

Advent Quiet Morning, Saturday 29th November 10am to 12noon

We shall be using the 4 main themes of Advent to guide us in our reflections:

• Hope as we look forward to the return of Jesus
• The prophets help us anticipate Jesus
• John the Baptist helps us to be ready for Jesus
• Mary shows us obedience as we ‘make room’ for Jesus

We shall meet in the main sanctuary allowing space for personal and corporate reflection and response over the 2 hours.

Advent candles tell their story
as we watch and pray,
longing for the Day of Glory,
‘Come, Lord, soon,’ we say.
Pain and sorrow, tears and sadness
changed for gladness,
on that Day.

From Advent Candle Song by Mark Earey

The Quiet Morning is being organised and led by Alison Earey and Marcus Pagnam.

6th Nov 2014 Posted in: News by Stella Jennings 0

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