advent, reflections

 Christmas this year will be different.  As we journey towards Christmas we will reflect on the past year, asking ourselves what we have learnt, or at least begun to learn, about waiting for God in hope, love, joy and peace.

Throughout Advent we invite you to join us on a journey in the company of some of Jesus' first followers and share in a series of daily Bible readings.

ADVENT 1 (week starting 29 November)

A time for thanksgiving

Sunday Thankful for God's Grace (1 Corinthians 1:3-9)
Monday Thanksgiving in Suffering (2 Corinthians 1:8-11)
Tuesday Grace, Generosity and Gratitude (2 Corinthians 9:6-15)
Wednesday Prayer for Wisdom and Gratitude (Colossians 1:9-14)
Thursday Thanksgiving is Key! (1 Timothy 4:1-5)
Friday A Call for Gratitude (Hebrews 12:25-29)
Saturday Praise and Thanks to the Creator (Revelation 4:6b-11)

ADVENT 2 (week starting 6 December)

A time of patience

Sunday God's Patience (2 Peter 3:8-15a)
Monday Judgment is Coming-So Keep Going! (2 Timothy 4:1-5)
Tuesday Keep Up the Good Work (Hebrews 6:9-12)
Wednesday Looking to Jesus (Hebrews 12:1-3)
Thursday The Effect of Patience (James 1:1-8)
Friday Patience and Trust (James 5:7-11)
Saturday Patience in Prayer (James 5:13-20)

ADVENT 3 (week starting 13 December)

A time for humility

Sunday The Example of John (John 1:6-8, 19-28)
Monday Boasting in the Lord (1 Corinthians 1:26-31)
Tuesday Bearing One Another's Burdens (Galatians 6:1-5)
Wednesday The Mind of the Messiah (Philippians 2:5-11)
Thursday Humility and Faith (James 4:1-10)
Friday Living by Trust in God (James 4:11-17)
Saturday Humble Shepherds (1 Peter 5:1-7)

ADVENT 4 (week starting 20 December)

A time for joy

Sunday A Joyful Blessing (Romans 16:25-27)
Monday The God Who Comforts the Downcast (2 Corinthians 7:2-10)
Tuesday True Happiness (Philippians 2:25-30)
Wednesday Celebrate in the Lord! (Philippians 4:2-8)
Thursday Paul's Joy and Crown (1 Thessalonians 2:17-20)
Christmas Day The Great Rescue (Revelation 7:9-17)
Saturday New Heaven, New Earth (Revelation 21:1-5) 

Christmas Day

God is with us