Monthly Archives: December 2016

Christmas light: loving hope and purpose

Are you naturally a glass-half-full or a glass-half-empty person? If your outlook is optimistic you will probably concentrate on the positive and play down the negative. If pessimism gets the better of you, then no doubt life will look darker. … Continue reading

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Christmas Day – Prayers

The Church of England lectionary gives three alternative sets of readings for Christmas Day (including the Midnight services on Christmas Eve). These prayers for use with the lighting of the 5th candle on the Advent Ring, traditionally the while candle … Continue reading

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Lord of Time and Eternity

A prayer to the Lord of Time and Eternity, inspired by Dr Who, a Time Lord.   Lord of Time and Eternity   Lord of time and eternity, you hold our future and our past in your providence and care: … Continue reading

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Hope & fears of all the years fulfilled

Celebrating Christmas (and Advent, given where we are in this season) can seriously damage how you read the Bible. Passages from the Old Testament are raided by the Gospel writers and they are used to add depth to the story … Continue reading

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Advent 4 (Year A) – Prayer

A prayer for lighting the fourth candle on the Advent ring. This prayer draws on the readings set for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year A, in the Church of England Revised Common Lectionary. Advent 4 (Year A) God of grace … Continue reading

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What will survive of us is love

Just over a week ago, on Friday 2nd December, the anniversary of his death, a memorial to the poet Philip Larkin was unveiled in Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey. At the bottom are inscribed the final two lines from his … Continue reading

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Advent 3 (Year A) – Prayer

A prayer for lighting the third candle on the Advent ring.  This prayer draws on the readings set for the Third Sunday of Advent, Year A, in the Church of England Revised Common Lectionary. This Sunday is also known as … Continue reading

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