Advent – Day 4

What do you do whilst you are anticipating Christmas? Families often adopt their own traditions, particularly at weekends or in the week before Christmas. They might hold a baking session (I vividly remember baking mince pies with my Mum as a child on the weekend...

Advent – Day 3

Anticipation can make us feel giddy with excitement or sick with dread, depending on what we are anticipating! Perhaps the most notable thing about Christmas is that it’s all about birth, and as every parent knows, the birth of a baby is the end of a long period of...

Advent – Day 2

Anticipation. Expectancy. Waiting eagerly. Preparing for Christmas involves a lot of excitement and anticipation, especially for children. We have Advent calendars where we open a door each day, counting the days down to Christmas (and often uncovering a chocolate...

Advent Hope

On this first Sunday in Advent, Dave spoke from Isaiah 40:25-31 about hope. The single most important attitude for us to adopt is one of hope, and this is entirely Biblical, for God has plans to give us hope and a future. (Jer 29:11) In our culture, hope is often...

Divine Transformation

Mark Burgin spoke this morning on the transforming salvation which God brings through His power. In Isaiah 61:1-4, we see that God can turn situations around, rebuilding ruins and bringing good from evil, beauty from ashes and joy instead of mourning. There can be a...

Advent – Day 1

As we enter the season of Advent, a time when (in the words of the Christmas carol) we are to ‘let every heart prepare Him room’, a time when we prepare for Christmas and the arrival of the baby Jesus at Bethlehem, we are going to be looking at different themes...