is a favourite time of year for many Christians. Its mood of serene and
hopeful reflection is a refuge from the frenetic commercialism of
secular preparations for Christmas. But our first Advent reading from
Mark’s Gospel is anything but serene. It warns of suffering, political
upheaval and natural disasters as signs of Christ’s coming again –
hardly something to look forward to with joyful anticipation.
calls on his followers to “keep awake”, using the image of slaves
watching for their master’s return. This is a similar message to the
readings we have heard from Matthew’s gospel in recent weeks, with
their many warnings to prepare for judgement. But
Mark’s focus is not on judgement. There is no threat of punishment for
sleepy or lazy slaves. Rather, it is on how to live as we wait for
Jesus’ return - to be aware of what is happening around us, to watch
for signs that God is at work in the world, and to live as though Jesus
could be with us at any moment.
Mark’s alarming imagery is a message of fierce hope. God’s plans are
not thwarted by turmoil and devastation. Suffering will end. Jesus will
gather his community together. This is not a sentimental or comfortable
vision of Christmas, but a promise of radical transformation. The world
as we know it will end when God lives among us.
Advent Study 2017
Our Advent study group begins in the Holland Room at 7pm this Thursday 7th December. We will be reading Goodness and Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas. A
collection of readings by various authors including Pope Francis,
Thomas Merton & Richard Rohr. Copies are available for $20. Please
sign up on the sheet in the foyer if you would like a copy of the book
and/or would like to attend the study group.
LENT STUDY 2017
Our book will be Dethroning Mammon: Making Money Serve Grace by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. Sign
up sheet in foyer, you can buy a hard copy for $13, or get a
kindle/electronic version for about $7 (the US Amazon site is often
cheapest.)The study group will meet on Tuesday evenings at 7pm in the Holland Room, starting on 7th March.
ADVENT STUDY 2016 with Meditation
Short discussion on weekly readings followed by meditation each Wednesday at 7pm in the Holland Room.
LENT STUDY 2016
Our weekly LENT study will begin in the Holland Room at 7pm, Wednesday 17th February. We will be reading Reflections for Lent 2016
by Paula Gooder, Andrew Davison, Martyn Percy and Steven Croft. Copies
of the book will be available from the office for $16.50, or you can
buy the Kindle edition from Amazon for about $5. Please sign up in the
foyer if you would like a copy of the book and/or would like to attend
the study group.
ADVENT STUDY 2015
This year we will read Richard Rohr’s Preparing for Christmas: Daily Meditations for Advent.
We will meet on Wednesday evenings in the Holland Room at 7pm, starting on
Wednesday 2nd December.
sign up on the sheet in the foyer if you would like a book, and would
like to attend the study meetings. A hard copy of the book costs
$12, or you can download it from Amazon for kindle if you prefer for
PAST STUDY GROUPS:
LENT STUDY 2015
Lent study this year will be on Wednesdays at 7pm in the Holland Room, beginning 25th February 2015 (the Wednesday after Ash Wednesday). We will be reading Bread and Wine: Readings for Lent and Easter by various authors, the companion book to Watch for the Light, which we read during Advent.
ADVENT STUDY 2014
Our Advent study will use Watch for the Light,
a collecting of daily readings by authors including Henri Nouwen, T. S.
Eliot, Thomas Merton, John Donne, C. S. Lewis, Dorothy Day, Meister
Eckhart, Sylvia Plath and Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
Please sign up in the foyer to order the book ($20), and indicate if
you will attend the study group, which will meet at 7pm on Tuesdays
during Advent (starting 2nd December.)
SEPTEMBER BOOKCLUB 2013
We will be reading Richard Rohr’s
Falling Upward: A Spirituality for
the two halves of life.
are available to reflect on your reading using the
study journal. Contact the office and we can email
these to you.
discuss the book at a bring and share dinner on
Thursday September 19th at 7pm.
AUGUST BOOKCLUB 2014
We will be discussing Marcus J Borg's novel Putting Away Childish Things on Thursday 7pm 14th August at a bring and share supper in the hall