Now that it’s Advent, I am officially getting excited about Christmas. I’ve started to purchase the presents and my sparkly tree is standing proudly in my living room. Don’t tell anyone, but there is also a pile of wrapping paper and ribbon hiding in the corner of another room.
Clearly, I am excited.
The thing is though, it’s not time for Christmas just yet, so I’ve got to wait to celebrate. I’ve got to wait until I can open my presents, wait until I can have my family round for dinner and wait until the time I can stay up very, very late without feeling too guilty.
Unfortunately, waiting is something I’m not very good at. I seem to expect everything, now!
But, maybe I am missing something. Maybe there is something wonderful in not having it all immediately, in looking forward to the future and what is still to come- just like I take pleasure in all my preparations for and anticipation of the coming Christmas celebration.
Way back in history, God promised to send a saviour to his people who were struggling with life. But, they had to wait – they waited a long time until it was time for Jesus to be born into the world.
I feel like them sometimes. I struggle with all the illness, death, disasters and everything else going on in the world and my life. I want God to change it all and make it better. Now! The good news is that he has promised that he will and God always keeps his promises. For my part, I just have to wait. Wait until it is time for Jesus to return to earth as king, when there will be a new world and all the things that distress me won’t be there any more.
To help me practice joyful waiting, I’ve made an advent wreath to steadily count down each of the weeks before Christmas Day when I finally get to light the white candle in celebration of Jesus’ birth. Every time I see it, I remember to be patient because the joy and peace in the world that I am hoping for, will get here. It will come.
Are you waiting patiently for something? Perhaps you could make or place something in your home as a reminder to be patient.
Christina Brown, Families’ Missioner
Join us as we host Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital Christmas Concert!
Taking place here St Martin in the Bull Ring on Wednesday 12 December their Christmas Concert is the perfect start to your festive season.
Hosted by former BBC WM presenter Pete Morgan, the night will feature performances from The School of Theatre Excellence and Birmingham Community Gospel Choir as well contributions from our brave patients and medical staff.
Join us for this very special evening of classic Christmas carols, mince pies and mulled wine. This is one not to be missed.
More details on their website www.bch.org.uk/concert or Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/741243152905070/
Join us as we host Jazz Carols on Sunday 16 December at 4.30pm. Get in the festive spirit and join us for a service of traditional carols with a jazz twist!
Readings, stories and Big Band music supported by Jazz Community Church. More details can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/706037589772464/ or https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/jazz-carols-tickets-51400568484
See you there.
Please join us as we host a wonderful carol service at 12pm on Saturday 15 December for The Leprosy Mission.
Featuring acclaimed brass group Bold ’Z Brass, it will be an opportunity to celebrate the hope of Christmas.
Bring your family and friends and come prepared to sing your favourite carols in this magnificent setting.
The service will begin at 12pm and will be followed by light refreshments.
This is a free event but please get your FREE ticket/s by emailing your details to: allisterdup@TLMEW.org.uk
On the C of E website:
There might be spaces at the back, so please turn up even if you haven’t reserved seats in advance:
Due to unforeseen circumstances the Tea Lounge will be closed on Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th November. We will reopen as usual on Friday 30th November and apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
Join us for Choral Evensong this Sunday evening from 5pm for the following choral pieces:
Introit: Christe, adoramus te (Claudio Monteverdi)
Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis in Eflat (no. 2) (Charles Wood)
Anthem: Great Lord of Lords” (Orlando Gibbons) or
“Glorious and powerful God” (Richard Lloyd) or
“Glorious and powerful God (Charles
Join us as we host Crisis on Tuesday 4 December for an evening of carols, followed by mince pies and drinks, as we gather together to look forward to a future without homelessness.
Carol Service: 6pm – 7pm
Refreshments: 7pm – 7.30pm
This is a free, public event but please reserve a ticket so we can make sure we have enough mince pies for everyone!
More information can be found here: https://www.crisis.org.uk/get-involved/crisis-christmas-carol-services/events/birmingham-carol-service/
If you are a student or are of student age, you are invited to join us at our young adult group which meets on Sunday 25th November 2018 at 12.30pm. Expect Bible study, prayers, encouragement and plenty of discussion and conversation, as we continue our study of Psalm 23. We meet next to the font at the back of church. Refreshments will be provided. See you there!