Advent is my favourite time of year.

It’s the time when we can be truly counter-cultural, and spend time waiting and watching rather than rushing and bustling. It’s not so much the watching, but what we see when we do.

Advent invites us to take slow steps and look at where we are. To celebrate the good, and to notice that which is dark. In short, it calls us to engage with the world:┬ánot just to be observers or glancers at the news, but to ask what it might all mean, what’s my place in it all, and how might it be different?

Yes there is darkness, but in all the watching and waiting there is hope, there is light.

As in Lent, it’s good to make a change or to attend to something regularly through the season. A book I thoroughly recommend is ‘Haphazard by Starlight’ by Janet Morley. It has a poem for each day, plus a thoughtful commentary. Or go to the Church House Bookshop where there’ll be plenty to choose from.

I look forward to journeying through the season with you.

All blessings, philip

Here is my sermon from 3rd December, the first Sunday of Advent.