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Many greetings to you as we head towards Advent Sunday, and the start of the Church's new year. I'm guessing that for most of us, 2021 can't come soon enough! I attach to this email a Cross and Crown, a Sermon, and an Order of Service that covers the whole of Advent. Tomorrow we will celebrate Advent Sunday, and I will light the first candle on our Advent wreath: the first time I've ever done this! I will try not to set myself alight! Tune in to see if I manage to get through the service without accident! The service will be streamed on the facebook page as usual.
As our thoughts turn ever more towards Christmass, I know that many will be facing hard choices about what to do then. Whatever we decide, and whatever circumstances we face, we know that God is with us in them: this, after all, is the whole point of the Christ-Mass - that God Himself dwells in the midst of us, and thus we all live in Him for ever.
And in the near future, we will be able to worship together in person again. As I understand things, we will be in Tier Two from Thursday 3rd onwards, and thus public worship can resume. So, there will be Eucharists on Thursday at 10 am, Friday at 8:30 pm, and on Sunday the 6th at 8 am and 10 am, as well as public praying of the Daily Office.
We will continue to live stream our main Sunday services but, starting tomorrow, there will be a change to the live stream: our cameras are now up and running, so the quality of the picture and sound will improve. Tomorrow is the first time we will be using the cameras, so do let me know how it goes: I obviously can't tell (and I don't really like watching myself afterwards: I think I sound rather odd: but perhaps that is just what I am!).
I hope you are coping with the cold and the dark. Personally, I always rather like these dark evenings. The candles in the Church twinkle and flicker, and I feel a strong sense of being wrapped up in the wings of angels and in the fellowship of the saints. But that is always assuming that I can't see my own breath, of course: thank heavens for central heating!
Have a good week, and I look forward to seeing some of you in the flesh, in just over a week's time.
with love and prayers