Lectionary for the second Sunday before Advent

15 November 2020 Collect Heavenly Father, whose blessed Son was revealed to destroy the works of the deviland to make us the children of God and heirs of eternal life:Grant that we, having this hope,may purify ourselves even as he is pure;that when he shall appear in power and great glory,we may be made like himin his eternal and glorious kingdom;where he is alive and … Continue reading Lectionary for the second Sunday before Advent

Fundraising update: Christian families in need in Pakistan

Beverly Joseph shares an update on the fundraising initiative for Christian families in need in Pakistan, and outlines how the money raised is alleviating the suffering brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. A big thank you to everyone for your continued support and concern for Christians in Allomahar, Pakistan. As mentioned in the last update, most of the families who were being helped have adults … Continue reading Fundraising update: Christian families in need in Pakistan

Reflection for Remembrance Sunday, the third Sunday before Advent

Reading: Isaiah 2:1-5 The word that Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. In days to come the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised above the hills; all the nations shall stream to it. Many peoples shall come and say, ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, … Continue reading Reflection for Remembrance Sunday, the third Sunday before Advent

Lectionary for the third Sunday before Advent

8 November 2020 Collect Almighty Father,whose will is to restore all thingsin your beloved Son, the king of all:Govern the hearts and minds of those in authority,and bring the families of the nations,divided and torn apart by the ravages of sin,to be subject to his just and gentle rule;who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,one God, now and for ever. Amen. … Continue reading Lectionary for the third Sunday before Advent

Online retreat for lay people and clergy

The Commission on Ministry’s annual Advent Retreat will take place online this year, on the morning of Saturday 28 November. The retreat will be led by Rev. Ruth Patterson of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, and the theme will be the Dawn of Hope. It will consist of a mixture of prayer, music, reflection, and speech, and provides a time of spiritual refreshment at what … Continue reading Online retreat for lay people and clergy

Lectionary for the fourth Sunday before Advent

1 November 2020 Collect Almighty and eternal God,you have kindled the flame of love in the hearts of the saints:Grant to us the same faith and power of love,that, as we rejoice in their triumphs,we may be sustained by their example and fellowship;through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. The First Reading: Joshua 3: 7-17 The Lord said to Joshua, ‘This day I will begin to … Continue reading Lectionary for the fourth Sunday before Advent

Reflection for the fifth Sunday before Advent

Matthew 22: 34-46 When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. ‘Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?’ He said to him, ‘“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” This is … Continue reading Reflection for the fifth Sunday before Advent

Lectionary for the fifth Sunday before Advent

25 October 2020 Collect Blessed Lord,who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning:Help us to hear them,to read, mark, learn and inwardly digest themthat, through patience, and the comfort of your holy word,we may embrace and for ever hold fastthe blessed hope of everlasting life,which you have given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen. The First Reading: Deuteronomy 34: 1-12 Then … Continue reading Lectionary for the fifth Sunday before Advent