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  • An Advent Calendar of Sorts - 18th December

    One of my absolute favourite days of the church year is the annual Sunday School Nativity service, and this  year was definitely one of the best ever.  In a borrowed room ourselves, a conscious choice had been made not to go for the 'ah' factor but to embrace some of the tensions of celebrating the birth of Christ in the world of which we are part, where refugees, asylum seekers and migrants are very much in our thoughts and prayers.

    It's impossible to do justice to the experience which included traditional and contemporary rewrites of carols, Biblie readings and stories from Bethlehem today, beautiful choral singing and the stunning image of small children lending Jesus their shawls and blankies, the JPIT "Very British nativity", a reflection on the significance and symbolism of keys and so much more, yet never once crossed that fine line from worship to performance.

    Only our third week in the hotel, and already visitors are finding us, and enjoying wprshipping with us.

    Only our third week, and we have halved the time for setting up and clearing up.

    Only the third week, and we had to bring in extra chairs and open the doors because it was too warm!

    Feeling very blessed (and very full after lunch with a namesake, her fiance and a Hungarian!)

     

    Photo (c) Brian Muir (cropped)

  • Alternative Carols

    A lot of alternative carols being written and shared this year... all credit to Citizens UK, JPIT and BUGB who are actively sharing the videos and tagging Amber Rudd MP.

     

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  • An Advent Calendar of Sorts - 17th December

    This photo records a rare event... Sasha is not a lap-cat, she loves to run around, chase red dots or feathers, supervise the printer or watch TV from the safety of her radiator bed, but sitting on my knee is very rare.  And it does't last long - a couple of minutes if I'm lucky.  So the fact that today she sat on my knee long enough for me to take this selfie is pretty impressive!

    And of course, it meant that I sat down and still for a few minutes too - you can't type or write or do much of anything with a cat on your knee.

    Yesterday the text I was assigned for Uni Chapel prayers was from 1 Thessalonians 3, and the exhortation not to be idle!  I reflected, ad hoc, that in the run up to Christmas, and at the end of term, there is no chance of idleness!  Instead of telling my congregation to 'do something' I told them to 'do nothing' to take five and simply be.

    Yesterday afternoon, after yet more business, three of us sat down and shared a cup of tea and some chat as we waited for the rush hour traffic to pass.  It was a rare stop in a busy, busy time for all of us.  And it was good.

    Five minutes with Sasha... an important Advent reminder that sometimes what is needed is not to do more, not even to do better, but to stop, put the kettle on and take five...

     

    In the interests of equity, here is one of me with lap cat Sophie!

    sophie and me.jpg