Service times of St. Peter's Advent services can be found online
Dear Friends in Christ
E te whanau a te Karaiti
Happy New (Church) Year! Welcome to what we call Year A!
Today is Advent Sunday, a new church year and season begins which traditionally is a time to wait expectantly and to prepare for our Nativity celebrations. Advent comes from the Latin "adventus" which means "coming", a translation of the Greek word "parousia" which in turn refers to a presence or an arrival. At times in Greek it refers to an official visit.
For Christians, Advent is a period to prepare to celebrate that Christ is here. Jesus the Messiah, desired for centuries, has indeed arrived. Love came down at Christmas and we prepare to celebrate that anniversary once again in 2013.
Advent is so much more than that though, or least it can be if we have a heart and mind to embrace its deeper meaning and purpose as a season. It has to do with the Christian hope that Christ will come again. Advent leads us to consider that Second Coming of Christ, an event that Jesus Himself assured his disciples will come to pass: "Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming!"
A good way to begin Advent is to join us this evening at 7pm for our annual Advent Carol Service. A beautiful and engaging liturgy punctuated with music and scripture; all of which will encourage us in our advent journey of watching and waiting.
This morning we welcome members of St Anne's congregation Rototuna. I also express a welcome and a message of congratulations to Revd Lesley Hyde our celebrant today who is celebrating 30 years of ordained ministry.
November 30, 2013