Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Kelvinbridge this week, remembering,discussing, dreaming of sunny days!

Advent Spaces
A Space for Memories and Grieving
This second week in Advent we focus on pausing to remember in ourselves, or in others, the life experiences which may bring a sense of loss, grief or pain into Christmas.

In these days, the focus of the community is on the coming of love into the world, on the expression of that love in families,
on having friends and people who love us, on the giving and receiving of gifts:
Some of us are not surrounded by love, some of us have no families, or we are part of families which are not always expressions of loving relationship.
Some of us are carried into painful awareness of loss,
of the absence of people we have loved.
Sometimes we would rather that Christmas was past.
Some of us remember others for whom Christmas is an ordeal rather than a joy.

On this day let us stay with our real feelings about the journey towards Christmas
On this day, if need be we will grieve for ourselves or for others who do not look forward to Christmas with hopeful anticipation.


This bowl of salt water
symbolises the tears of the world and our tears as we approach Christmas.

If we pray, let us pray for any in pain or despair this Christmas.

Jesus said  “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:28

A Blessing: 
Go in peace
And may you be held in the hollow of God’s hand
for healing and comfort
surrounded each day by the presence of love
and covered by the warm bright wings of the Spirit.

 Adapted from In this Hour:Liturgies for Pausing, Dorothy McRae -McMahon SPCK 2001

Advent Characters and Questions
Reflection and discussion
Wednesdays in Advent

Wednesday 8th Dec. 1pm.
 Joseph, the Stand-in-Father (Matthew 1. 18-25).

The Voyagers Club

Thursday 9th Dec. 7:30pm
Heather Willimot will give an illustrated talk on Sardinia and Sicily.
£2.50 to cover tea and other expenses
All Welcome

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