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PRAYER FOR ADVENT
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This is Advent, season of promise.

In our worship we prepare for the birth of a baby in a dusty stable in Bethlehem, and remind ourselves that this child will become the Saviour of the World who will return again in power and glory to draw all of his children together with songs of everlasting praise.

The promise of the baby is also the promise of eternal life to all who believe.

God of hope and promise, be with us throughout this Advent season and d raw us ever closer as we journey together toward the stable and the birth of your Son, our Saviour. 

      Amen

Recently Rev Bob's sermons have included themes of 'little acts of kindness' and how you may never know how far kind acts you do will ultimately reach. 

A member of our congregational family suggested sharing this poem by Jim Yerman as a beautiful analogy of  'little acts of kindness'.

Fishing with my Dad

I was fishing with my Dad one day, sitting on the shore

I can't remember, was it the fishing or the sitting I liked more?

When Dad handed me a little stone and said, "Give this rock a throw,

toss it in the lake and lets see where the ripples go".

When it broke the surface the water immediately began to shake

and before I knew it, those ripples had spread out across the lake.

"Kindness is like that pebble" he said "For every act of kindness that you throw

will ripple out in all directions, you never know how far they go.

And as you watch the ripples spread out, this is also true;

some of the ripples from that kindness will ripple back to you".

We both went back to fishing, sitting on the shore, now I remember:

it wasn't the fishing, it was the sitting I liked more.

by Jim Yerman

 

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