MARANATHA – OUR LORD, COME
Today, the first Sunday of Advent, begins a season of expectation and preparation as the Church looks toward the coming (or adventus) of Christ in his incarnation, and looks ahead to his ﬁnal advent as judge at the end of time.
Many Christians use the expression and prayer ‘Maranatha’ during Advent. It comes from 1 Corinthians 16.22, and is an Aramaic word meaning ‘Our Lord, come’. The Advent season falls at the darkest time of the year, and the natural symbols of darkness and light are powerfully at work throughout Advent and Christmas.
DECORATIONS IN CHURCH
As part of their preparations for Christmas, the children of the church will make decorations based on Advent and Christmas carols, to be hung on one of two trees in church. The children of the church school will make decorations based on the Jesse Tree, which will adorn the other tree. The school will also hold a nativity service at St John’s on 12th December at 2pm and a carol service on 19th December at 6pm.
A massive thank you to everyone who helped out or dropped in to the church’s Winter Fair yesterday. Watch this space for funds raised!
There’ll be a parish outing to Aladdin at the Bob Hope Theatre on Saturday 19th January at 2pm at the group rate of £9/person. If you’d like to book tickets, please sign up on the noticeboard. For further details, please speak to Fr Jim or Jean Harker.
WALKING | WELCOMING | GROWING: THE WOOLWICH AREA LAY CONFERENCE
Save the date for the next Woolwich Area Lay Conference, on Saturday 2nd February from 10am to 4pm at Ark All Saints Academy in Camberwell. Keynote speakers will be Rachel Jordan, Director of Evangelism at Church House, and the Rt Revd Dr Karowei Dorgu, Bishop of Woolwich. The event is being held for the third time – people from St John’s attended the last two conferences. For further details, please see Fr Jim.
Sunday 16th December, Third Sunday of Advent
- 6pm: A traditional candlelit service with nine lessons and carols, followed by mince pies and mulled wine
Monday 24th December, Christmas Eve
- 4pm: Nativity service, during which children are invited to take part in the story of Christmas around the stable
- 11.30pm: Midnight Mass, the first Eucharist of Christmas
Tuesday 25th December, Christmas Day
- 10am: Family Eucharist