United Benefice of St.Mary, Higham Ferrers, and St. John, Chelveston
29 November 2020 Advent Sunday
A new Church Year, in the midst of the strangest of years. Advent – time of hope and expectation, in the midst of fear and anxiety. The good news of Christmas and yet we can’t celebrate it fully – at least – not in the way we are used to. This Advent and Christmas, as it was with Lent and Easter, we are offered a chance to gain a new perspective on these great mysteries – more space to reflect on the miracle of the incarnation, more time to prepare for the astounding fact that God consents to be constrained within a human life. God also experiencing levels of restriction and a limiting of the limitless – in Jesus, God knows all about lockdown, about fear, anxiety, uncertainty, being at the mercy of events, not being in control. This Advent, instead of being frustrated by the limitations, can we allow ourselves to be more focussed, pay more attention to what is important, more aware of mystery and ambiguity? Can we look for the signs of tender growth in the midst of change and loss? We pray that this new Church Year may be a new beginning for us all, our church, our communities, our nation and our world.