Join us at Engadine Uniting Church each Sunday, 9am, during this Advent season.

2 Chipilly Ave, Engadine

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 Why Advent?

Do you dread December? A month of frenetic activity leading up to Christmas?

It need not be so. We are now in the season of ADVENT (meaning coming) in the Christian calendar.

Advent is:

  • A time of reflection.
  • A time for lighting candles.
  • A time of preparation, of waiting, of expectancy.
  • A time for thinking about our personal life as a human being, held in God’s love.
  • A time for thinking about God’s world. 
  • A time when God’s Spirit can challenge our easy assumptions about life and belief, especially in the midst of what can be the busyness of Christmas shopping and partying. 

 

 

It is also

  • A time of extraordinary possibility and creativity.
  • A time to renew our souls.
  • A time for deeper compassion towards others and ourselves and a more joy-filled awareness of all that life can be.

 

The big things that can happen to us in life, take time to happen and take time to prepare for, such things usually don’t just fall into our lap:

 

  • peace and justice.
  • the joys and sorrows of daily life.
  • the spiritual life.
  • the cries of our wounded earth.
  • questions of faith.
  • political and social issues.

 

And at Advent’s end, on Christmas Day, we celebrate the birth of God’s Son, Jesus the Christ, born of Mary and we hear the words of Titus 3:4-5:

 

 “when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Saviour appeared, he saved us, not because of any good works of righteousness that we may have done, but according to his loving mercy”.

 

God matters

God’s world matters

We matter to God.

 

 

 

You can receive a free, daily devotion 'Advent for the Weary' from Common Grace, with whom we partner.