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A Guide for Advent on the Daily Service
BBC Radio 4 - Advent 2013: The Coming of Christ
A guide to the themes and readings for Sunday Worship and the Daily Service written by Religion and Ethics Producers – Simon Vivian, Rev Clair Jaquiss and Canon Stephen Shipley – will be available everyday on the Sunday Worship and Daily Service home pages.
The season of Advent has arrived once again. But what do we make of it? The clear answer for many these days would seem to be ‘Not a lot!’ The imminent festival of Christmas is far more attractive, far more comfortable, much easier to domesticate. Advent is far less ‘tameable’, so it’s not so popular. Perhaps then the Advent season needs to be a time to come afresh to God’s word, to explore the coming of Christ into our lives – often when we least expect him, and in a guise with which we haven’t reckoned. It’s a time too to prepare ourselves again to celebrate God’s transforming and redeeming love – how, in the darkness of night, his majestic glory became a newborn baby.
The God we worship cannot be controlled, cannot be manipulated, cannot readily be ‘packaged.’ God is who God is: mysterious, fearful, challenging, far beyond our understanding – and yet nearer to us than breathing: A God who not only bares his holy arm but also his passionate heart and who puts himself at our mercy. Such is the measure of his infinite love.
I saw a stable, low and very bare, a little child in a manger.
The oxen knew Him, had Him in their care, to men He was a stranger,
The safety of the world was lying there, and the world's danger.
(Mary Elizabeth Coleridge)
Canon Stephen Shipley