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Words, Images, and Videos from Our Advent Sunday (November 27) Services – Plus Reflections on Advent by Rowan Williams

November 28, 2016

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normanWe celebrated Advent Sunday at St. Paul’s on November 27. Our Officiant, Norman, greeted us all with “Happy New Year!” at the start of our 8:30 and 10 a.m. Services, reminding us that the First Sunday of Advent marks the beginning of a new Church Year. The above picture was on our screens as our theme image. In the photo in the top left corner, a Syrian mother and her baby are crying after having safely made land in Lesbos after a desperate voyage on treacherous seas to find hope.

With the changing of the Church Season came the changing of our liturgical colours to blue and purple. 

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This year we were blessed to have a new banner to hang, made by our Sunday School to celebrate Jesus as our King. A big “Thank you” to Linda Penton and the children for making this!

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Embedded immediately below are the 4 videos we showed on our screens before our 10 a.m. Service to help prepare us for worship.

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We began our 10 a.m. Service with the following video for Advent 1.

The First Sunday of Advent focusses on Our Lord’s Second Coming, as is shown by the following excerpt from Matthew’s Gospel, which is the Gospel passage we read at both Services. (November 27 begins Year A in the Lectionary – the year of Matthew.)

Here are reflections on the Season of Advent by then Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams.

At both Services, we carried out the centuries’ old practice of processing the Great Litany on the First Sunday of Advent (and the First Sunday in Lent), as the people are doing in the video embedded below.

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As the following videos played at the 10 a.m. Liturgy’s conclusion, we went forth as an Advent people, looking in hope to Our Lord, longing for him to come soon, living as agents of his Dawn.

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