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1st December

1st December

# Advent Calendar
Publish date Published by Tom Pyke on Tuesday, 1 December 2020 00:00
1st December

Welcome to the Parish of the Isle of Dogs Advent Calendar. Each day there is a piece of music from our choir, a passage from the Bible and a meditation for you to read, and a simple activity for you to do. To accompany each 'window' a poster has been placed in a window of a home in Grosvenor Wharf Rd and Castalia Square. Why not make a visit part of your daily exercise?

Isaiah 43:1-5 But now, this is what the Lord says— he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour; I give Egypt for your ransom, Cush and Seba in your stead. Since you are precious and honoured in my sight, and because I love you, I will give people in exchange for you, nations in exchange for your life. Do not be afraid, for I am with you;    

Throughout the season of Advent the church listens to one prophetic voice, the voice of Isaiah. Isaiah is a prophet above all of hope. In the hardest of times that God's people could face, Isaiah asks them to listen attentively to what God is saying - they will find what He says different from what they expect. Where they fear God's anger, if they listen, they will hear messages of comfort, acceptance and ultimately joy. 

No wonder then that Isaiah's words are used by the Church to prepare for the wonderful season of Christmas - it's all here, a message of God's acceptance of us, whatever we might think of ourselves, a rousing call to prepare our hearts for God to make his home there, and hope that God is bringing about the mysterious plans that he has to save his creation.

Make a point of enjoying your day - may it be filled with hope. 

Fr. Tom

Christmas Services to watch out for:

Saturday and Sunday 12th +13th Dec  Crib at the Door.  We are turning Christmas inside out this year, so that everyone can join in. We are building a crib scene at the Manchester Rd entrance to the church. Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus will be joining us 'live' for short periods over the weekend.

Sunday 13th December 13th December 11am Christingle Service. A beautiful service in church to support the work of the Children's Society who work with young people who have been neglected or abused.