Thursday, 1 December 2016

A Space for Hope

Advent Spaces 

As the church celebrates the season of Advent, we are offering all who use the building here at Kelvinbridge a space in the vestibule to pause, to rest, to think, to pray, to take away a blessing.
Each week will have a different focus.
There will be:

*A Space for Hope

*A Space for Peace

*A Space for Joy

*A Space for Love

This week we are offering A Space for Hope

A Space for Hope

This week we focus on recognising the small signs of hope which are present among us. In these days we sometimes find it hard to see the signs of hope around us. There are so many signs of struggle, tragedy and suffering. Many are worried what the future will bring. It can be hard to sustain hope.
Let us pause and discover fragile signs of hope, like shoots that push up into the light. Let us believe today that love is stronger than hate, that life-giving things are more powerful than the things that are deathly.
Around the world there are people like us, sometimes living in much harder places in their lives, who also long for hope and look with eyes of faith to find the signs of hope around them .Let us pause for a moment and join our longing with theirs.
When hope hangs low in the human heart, may our loving Creator kindle compassion, breathing life into the early embers of change and empathy.
If we pray, let us pray for any today who feel they have nothing to hope for.
Let us be thankful for those who bring light into our lives.
As Advent dawns, may the God of all hope empower those who plant seeds of peace, joy and love in the world. May these seeds root in our hearts, stretch towards the light, and blossom in beauty.

Romans 12:12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.

Adapted from In this Hour: Liturgies for Pausing, Dorothy McRae-McMahon, SPCK 2001 and Christian Aid ‘Light the Way’ Advent Liturgy

A Blessing
May you be blessed with faith and courage
in this time of waiting.
May you see signs of new life 
springing up even in the darkest days.
May God who laboured in love to create all life
continue creating within you 
new hope, new joy, new visions,
that together we might bring a new world to birth.

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