As we reach the 4th Sunday of Advent, the Sunday before Christmas we know that our waiting in one sense is almost over. We will conclude our Advent theme of ‘Worship in the Waiting’ on Christmas Day as we light the fifth Advent candle – the sign that Christ has been born to us – Emmanuel – God with us.
In another sense our waiting continues – our Christmas without the usual round of parties and family gatherings a stark and unhappy reminder that we still wait for the pandemic threat to reside and normal life to return. I can hardly believe that it is now 37 weeks since I began posting on this blog on Palm Sunday. Yesterday’s announcements will come as a further blow to many families. But at this time of year we are reminded of the hope that is with us always, whatever the circumstances – hope in the God that came to be with us in the child born in a stable, and in those words of Jesus at the end of Matthew’s gospel “I am with you always”. I hope that todays worship will bring comfort, meaning and joy in a difficult time.
Our Worship at Home Carol Service
Rev’d John Hellyer leads our Carol Service for the Gloucestershire Circuit.