1st Sunday in Advent – Sunday   3rd December –   Job 38 : 31-37

advent star smallThe content of the book of Job is mostly a dialogue between Job and his three friends who came to comfort him after a succession of dreadful troubles and hardship overtook him and his family.

There is a lot of general information in this amazing ancient book. However , in particular, we find reference to several star constellations that were just as recognizable to Job as they are to us. In the following passage, God refers to several heavenly constellations when He was demonstrating to Job how little he really knew about Creation.

As we light this first candle on this Advent Sunday, let us remember people we know in the world, who are or have experienced hardship just like Job. We think about church and community projects that are Gods mission to shine a light of hope into people’s suffering and turmoil. Like Job, we too gaze at the skies, just as Mary did when she experienced her baby move within her, just as Jesus lay his head down and marvel at the beauty of your handiwork and wonder what the future may hold. Let us always remember the bright love that God has for each one of us.

advent star smallPrayer

God of the stars

On this our first Sunday in Advent,

We thank you for the stars and constellations in the sky,

May they always remind us of your love for each one of us

A love that never fades or dims.

Wherever our journey through life takes us 

May the patterns of stars in the night sky always remind us of your love for us

Amen  

 

 

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Advent 1- Stars that shine brightly – Thursday 30th November 2017 – Revelation 14:6-13

 

   advent star smallHere is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and hold fast to the faith of* Jesus. v12

Advent is a time where we marvel at the bright white light that reminds us of God’s pure love for us, in the midst of our chaotic world. As we read this passage, chapter 14 of Revelation is where we glimpse Eternity where the Messiah dwells. However, there is a call to endure the difficulties that face us daily, and the secret of endurance is trust and obedience. Trusting that God will always be with us and will give us the patience to endure the small things we face daily and obedience to the will of the Creative Spirit.

Lord, who is the mystery, majesty, and the Messiah; who dwells in the stars and in hearts of all people. Bless us as we wait for patience. Amen