Preparing for Advent

A message from Sarah Mullally, Bishop of London, which was recently sent out to the parishes across the Diocese of London in preparation for Advent. Please also consider joining our church half morning of Advent Prayer next Saturday at Gumley House. Full details further down the newsletter.

Since becoming Bishop of London this year, it has struck me more than ever that we don’t like to wait. As I walk out of my front door, I am quickly swept up by a stream of people heading to the Tube. They certainly don’t like to wait.

 

Equally, it’s not just the children among us that don’t like to wait for Christmas as the Winter nights draw in. London is filling up with lights and a sense of expectation as we prepare to celebrate. Yet we can end up rushing around so busy that we fail to stop and experience the light and hope that Christmas brings.

During St Paul’s Cathedral’s dramatic Advent service, a procession moves from darkness to light, mirrored by music and words, reflecting hope and despair. To appreciate the light and hope, you need to wait in the darkness. Advent is a time to be still in the midst of our busy lives. We should use the time to make space in the darkness to appreciate the light, and to find to focus on hope.

This year, along with Jane Williams, we have set up a number of resources to help people journey through to Christmas Day. ‘A Good Advent’ is a short Advent booklet, written by myself, and produced by SPCK, that will enable readers to make the most spiritually of the Advent season.

Alongside the booklet you can also download an app which SPCK has put together in partnership with the Diocese. This app also contains daily meditations written by Dr Jane Williams. More details can be found at www.agoodadvent.co.uk. Why not have a go at using these resources to make the most of waiting through the Advent season?

Wishing you every joy this Advent season,

The Rt Revd and Rt Hon Dame Sarah Mullally DBE, Bishop of London.