The Advent Season by Jenifer McKenzie

Posted by on Nov 17, 2015 in Information, Sermons | Comments Off on The Advent Season by Jenifer McKenzie

The Advent Season by Jenifer McKenzie Advent Vestments and Furnishings. Theme: The coming of the light – Jesus said, “I am the light of the world.” Why Blue?     The season of Advent is one of expectancy, hope and preparation. Lent is one of Penitence. Purple is the colour of penitence. So Blue is used to differentiate between the two seasons. After consulting a leading authority in the Australian church with liturgical vestments, we decided that it seemed appropriate to have blue as the symbol colour for Advent. The Altar Fall. If we look East on Canterbury Rd, we can see the Dandenong’s. Sometimes all I have seen is misty skies and clouds hanging over the mountains with only glimmers of light. I feel that this is the experience of many Christians is that we see only glimmers and occasionally the light bulb really switches on to give us a full clear picture of what it means to be a Christian. St. Paul said “we see through a glass darkly”, it was good to reflect on this as I worked on this hanging. When you think of it here was a person who had experienced the full blinding light. The Chasuble. The Chasuble has a Celtic cross on it with symbols of the typical Celtic knots that have no beginning or end. This is what God’s Love is about. Celtic symbols have endless meanings: The symbol of the ring in the centre for Eternity and Love the outer circle is again a symbol of light. The Stole. The Wattle bird at the top is to replace the traditional Advent symbol of the trumpet. The Wattle bird is one of the first birds to herald the dawn. The small piece on the right side facing us of the stole is a small piece of the dawn scene, the trees I have outlined are a group of three. Trees are so important to us and our survival in the Bible many trees are mentioned three are prominent one the beginning in the creation story, the one in the centre used to crucify Jesus .The third tree in Revelation is the tree of life which is abundant with fruit and gives us a glimpse of the Kingdom. The tree on the left hand side of the stole, is this new growth tree and is a traditional symbol of Advent. The Burse and Veil. The Burse features the candles from the Advent wreath and on the Veil in the corner is the coming of the dawn. Summarised version of Jenifer McKenzie’s talk on ‘Why Blue for Advent’. November...

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Glimpses of Love

Posted by on Jan 5, 2015 in Sermons | Comments Off on Glimpses of Love

Sermon Title:  Glimpses of Love Date: 24 December 2014 Preacher: Rev’d Susanne Champbers Church Calendar Date: Christmas Eve 2014 Lectionary Reading:  Isiah 9:2-7, Titus 2:11-14, Luke 2:1-14   The year was 1914. It was Christmas Eve. The man-made trenches were six to eight feet deep and stretched it seemed forever.  In between was what was called ‘no man’s land. A place if you tried to cross you would surely be killed. It was winter and everything was covered in ice. This was World War 1 on the battle fields of Flanders. Germans on one side, and British and French on the other. On Christmas Eve, 100years ago tonight, German troops began decorating the area around their trenches for Christmas. They began by placing candles on trees, and then continued the celebration by singing Christmas carols, most notably “Stille Nacht” (Silent Night). The Scottish troops in the trenches across from them responded by singing English carols. The Germans then asked the British to join in.  At this point, one very defiant Tommy shouted: “we’d rather die than sing German.” To which a German joked aloud: “It would kill us if you did.” The two sides shouted Christmas greetings to each other and then they came out of their trenches into No Man’s land and exchanged gifts, like whisky, jam, cigars etc and the played soccer together. They were also able to bury the dead and they did this together; German, French and British, paid their respects. In some places, the truce lasted into Christmas day and even to New Year’s Day and happened each Christmas Eve. Glimpses of Love. Yes, glimpses of love. It doesn’t take much to think about other glimpses of love: the display of flowers in Martin Place for the people killed and the care given to their families. The #ILLRIDEWITHYOU saying we care about each other. The prayers offered for the 132 children and teachers slaughtered in a Pashawar school in Pakistan and for the family members murdered in Cairns…and there are many atrocities we don’t hear about and our hearts ache for what us humans do to each other. Sometimes it’s all too much and still inside each of us are words saying:  ‘we want peace, we want harmony, we want more love in the world. Even when it’s tough we still see Glimpses of love..yes, glimpses of love. More locally, we may know personally of those who have been made redundant recently, or finding it difficult to get a job and the financial strain on the family is immense, or of those who have loved ones who live in other countries, those with serious illness or in palliative care, those whose relationships are fragile and the stress around the expectations at Christmas is so great. If we didn’t care, these relationships wouldn’t move us. Glimpses of love, yes, glimpses of love. There are also those we don’t know but we have heard that the gifts we have as a parish, recently given for homeless men and to women and children in refuges have given much joy and hope that they are not forgotten. Glimpses of love…yes, glimpses of love. In our church family here at St Paul’s we hold together both the joys and sadness of each other’s lives. We pray and give thanks for healing of body, mind and spirit; of the weddings, births of babies, baptisms that we celebrate here, we welcome newcomers to our community, we give thanks for the lives of those who have died, who have been so much a part of this community of faith. Glimpses of love – yes, glimpses of...

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