The Bishop of London writes:
Whatever our church tradition, we know that authentic prayer – listening deeply and responding obediently – takes time. Our busy city life will eat up all available hours and it is a good discipline to remind each other of the importance of prayer by having deliberate seasons of waiting upon God.
With this in mind, I am very happy to be a part of ‘Prayers on the Move’, a campaign during Lent by SPCK to encourage prayer as part of London’s daily life.
There will be many ways for us to be involved in this endeavour. The adverts on the Tube will provide an opportunity for Christians to talk to their friends about prayer. Parishes may wish to organise a related outreach event, hold a prayer vigil, walk or flashmob near their local Tube stations or distribute prayer leaflets.
Prayers on the Move will launch on 9 February and the adverts will be in trains for the last two weeks of February. Resources to support churches in engaging with the campaign will be available from www.prayersonthemove.com
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Our Carol service is on Sunday 20th December from 7pm. It is always such a beautiful event. Feel free to invite friends and neighbours to celebrate Christmas with great music, traditional Carols and a heartwarming message.
December 1, 2015
I love the sense of anticipation in an auditorium before a play.
Be STILL and know that I am God.
Almost immediately on hearing the advent theme, I thought of the moment depicted in this picture: The Giant Stride. Laden with cumbersome scuba gear, this is the best way to get from the boat into the water. You simply take a big step. This is a moment of intense anticipation. What will I find below the surface? Friendly sea turtles or poisonous sea snakes? Did I connect and double check my tank properly? I look forward to this moment because of what awaits — great beauty and truly incredible life unable to be experienced from above. Let’s approach this season of waiting with the same expectation that what we are about to experience is something amazing. Look out for the beauty and diversity of life the surrounds us daily. And remember that what we wait for is a miracle even greater than breathing underwater: O’er the hills the angels singing News glad tidings of a birth Go to him your praises bringing Christ the Lord has come to earth
Spend a moment with this picture, and particularly with the face of Mary as she learns that she is to become the mother of Jesus. I stumbled across this little known painting of the annunciation (in the Tate Britain) and was struck by the anticipation on Mary’s face as she comes to terms with what she is called to and what it will mean for her and for the world. I am struck by the joy and trepidation. Because of course this calling will bring tears as well as blessing, and the quiet, ordinary life that she might have hoped for will never be. We don’t need to just imagine what Mary was feeling – over the course of her pregnancy she articulated in the most moving words, rooted in and inspired by the scriptures, what she believed the coming messiah would mean for the world. And that prayer has come to be known as ‘The Magnificat’. And so we start our journey through Advent with these words from Luke’s Gospel. My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour;he has looked with favour on his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed; the Almighty has done great things for me and holy is his name. He has mercy on those who fear him, from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm and has scattered the proud in their conceit, Casting down the mighty from their thrones and lifting up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things and sent the rich away empty. He has come to the aid of his servant Israel, to remember his promise of mercy, The promise made to our ancestors, to Abraham and his children for ever.
Our Advent project is on the theme of Anticipation
Our Advent project for this year is now complete. Thank you to all who contributed, and for the beauty, wonder and inspiration. churchonthecorner.org.uk/advent2015/
Children know all about Advent as the season of anticipation, as they open the doors of their advent calendar and impatiently count down the days until Christmas. But we know that Advent is more than just anticipating Christmas.
Anticipation is a beautiful thing, but one all too often lost in an on-demand culture.
Our advent project this year explores the experience of anticipation. What does it mean? What is it like? Where do we experience it in the world? What are your stories of having anticipated something? Where is anticipation expressed in art or nature? What are you anticipating in life or in faith?
Using words, images or any other medium – you are invited to reflect on your experiene of anticipation and contribute a thought. Make it concise, pithy, poetic, visual, provocative, inspiring or moving.
Each day in Advent one member of our community will share their reflection and we will collate the work on our website here.