An audio recording of our morning worship can be found at this link. Our text for the First Sunday of Advent was Luke 21:25-36, and the service included a visit from Zinthiya Ganeshpanchan of the Zinthiya Trust, our Charity of the Year.
You will also find below some questions for reflection, borrowed from the show notes for the podcast Pulpit Fiction. You may like to reflect on them quietly by yourself, or discuss them with someone else.
If the Son of Man were coming in glory this very hour, how would your life change? What would you do differently? Who might you forgive, reach out to, extend compassion or love to in order to set your soul or their soul at rest?
Can you find hope in the midst of devastation? Can you see the world through Advent eyes? The signs of disaster are easy to see but can you see the signs of hope? When there is death and destruction, can you “stand up straight and raise your heads, because your redemption is near”?
What would be a sign from God so big no one could mistake it? Does it take the suspension of physical law? Or does it take redemption, reconciliation, and grace that no one could fathom? Will the signs of the kingdom change us or the world or both?