Today Father Martin presided at the Parish Mass on this Advent Sunday. Father Mervyn read the Gospel, preached and led our intercessions. When the children from Sunday School came to join us Father Martin blessed the Advent Wreath and the first candle was lit by Ann who is celebrating her birthday today.
In his sermon Father Mervyn remind us that the Advent message is “keep awake – you don’t know the time or day” He quoted C S Lewis’ Screwtape Letters and talked about the bombing of the New York Trade Centre with the very sad loss of life and the tragic helicopter crash on to the roof of a Glasgow pub which had killed 8 people and injured many. in instances like these the people had no time to prepare and so it was apposite that we keep in a constant state of readiness. We should forget all the tinsel, twinkling lights, decorations, cards and other unnecessary trappings etc. evidenced in Advent (well before the event they are supposed to celebrate) and instead concentrate on what is essential: that we should be being ready to greet Jesus at Christmas and when ever he come again.
During our Intercessions we prayed for those injured in the helicopter crash in Glasgow and those who lost their lives.
ADVENT BOOKLETS “WALK WITH ME” WERE PRESENTED TO THE ADULTS AND ADVENT CALENDARS TO THE CHILDREN
YESTERDAYS SATURDAY SHOP TOOK £192