A host of resources for the Advent and Christmas season. The season is for most Christians one of anticipation and hope (if one looks beyond the commercialisation!), although at its beginnings the emphasis was much more on penitence, fasting and sin. For most Christians it is not just a celebration of a moment in time when a baby was born, but also looks beyond to a time when the Bible tells us that Jesus will come again, not as a weak and vulnerable baby but in power and with authority.
Many struggle to see God when faced with natural disaster or the cruelty of other human beings. But God is always there in the hands of those who offer help and sustainance - whether offered by those of faith or no faith, for all love has its source in him. A selection of prayers.
'The LORD is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.'
Are you someone who struggles to connect with God first think in the morning, when you are just that bit bleary-eyed, or in a hurry to leave the house for work?
Be thou my vision, Lord,
this day and every day,
the centre of my life,
the focus of my thoughts.
Be thou my wisdom, Lord,
the inspiration of my words,
in every situation,
Your Spirit my support.
Just spend a few moments quiety saying one or two of these prayers and allow the words to go with you through the day.
An eleven part Bible Study on a broadly Celtic-inspired theme of Faith and Creation, which you can look at online or click the printable version if you want to use it offline or with your local Bible Study group. Connexions Bible Study
Songs are very much at the centre of our celebrations of Advent and Christmas, and have been so for many since childhood.
Luke’s Gospel has a series of songs as part of his introduction to the story of Jesus, and these have been handed down to us within our Bibles, and as part of the liturgical life of the Church. Many will recite (if not sing) the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis (maybe also the Benedictus) as part of their regular worship, so the words are familiar. But maybe they haven’t been looked at as often in their actual context, leading up to and just beyond the birth of Jesus.
The studies all follow an identical pattern, with a bit of a musical theme:-
Intro (opening discussion); Accompaniment (a little background to the passage); Verses (a commentary on the passage); Chorus (ten questions for group discussion); Outro (something to take away and think about)
As always, permission is given to duplicate and distribute the study around the members of a small group meeting.
For more info, and a sample study, head to this page!
Available to download as PDF for £2.99 or $4.55 from the shop (Kindle version coming soon)
Ripples is all about engaging with the world in prayer, and is a collection of 300 contemporary prayers for personal use, or for those who lead worship in church.
Imagine throwing a pebble in a pond, and watching the ripples spread out over the surface of the water. So it can be with our prayers, which start with our own walk with God and spread out to encompass our fellow travellers throughout the world, along with their joys, concerns, and needs.
For more info, and sample prayers, head to this page!
Available as a paperback from Amazon where so far its got 5 star reviews!
If we go back to the very early Christians, living in the Middle East in the 1st and 2nd Centuries AD we find them spread thinly around the Roman world and beyond. They lived quietly in a pagan society, meeting in homes and informal gatherings. But they lived different lives to their pagan neighbours, living by simple creeds or confessions of faith....
There are Bible Studies suitable for any time of the year, not just Advent and Easter! There are also several books with collections of prayers on the download page