Preparing for Advent

We are busy trying to plan for Christmas without fully knowing what we will be allowed to do. But before Christmas (which starts on the 25th December – I couldn’t resist that) we make an Advent journey. Last week I appealed through this post for people to share a thought, word or image on the theme of “watching, waiting and wondering.” Unfortunately, I only received 3 responses!! The idea is that your creation will be used as a window in our virtual Advent calendar. I would love to have a large collection of material to share. It can be a photo or a work of art or a reading, anything that loosely fits the theme. We will then have a new window to open each day which will remind us that we are part of a wider community and hopefully will give us a lift this Advent. I look forward to receiving your input. If I don’t receive enough material, I will have to post selected lowlights of the Knight family albums old and new! 

The prospect of Advent, the season of the colour purple, signifies a new year – at least in terms of the Christian lectionary. For those interested in such things, we will be entering into Year B and the gospel writer who takes centre stage will be Mark. St Mark’s gospel is the shortest. He has a literary style which keeps the reader’s attention. He uses words like “immediately,” “and then…” his is a narrative that is full of speed and action. Mark’s storytelling is a controversial subject, particularly in the style of the ending of his gospel. (There are various endings deployed). Does  the short ending give us, Jesus’ followers today, the opportunity to live the resurrected life rather than read about it? Make up your own mind. Why not delve into a commentary. I recommend this slim and inexpensive book by three people that I have known in different aspects of my own ministry: James Woodward, Mark Pryce and Paula Gooder. The blurb says: 

“This book’s unique slant is that it asks readers to use their imagination ‘to bring the Gospel to life.’ It asks readers to visualize themselves in the scenes that Mark describes in order to see Mark’s Gospel in a fresh and exciting way.” 

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That’s all from me! Remember to send me your Advent calendar contribution, many thanks!


Gavin

Author: Gavin Knight

The Revd Gavin Knight has been the Vicar of St Michael & All Angels, Summertown in the Oxford Diocese since September 2011. After serving his title at St Alphege, Solihull, Gavin became parish priest of St Andrew's Fulham Fields in London. He moved to Wales in 2005 becoming Chaplain to Monmouth School. He is married to Jo, a clinical psychologist, and they have three sons.