Advent Is Now

Our Holy Island Vicar gave an Advent Homily on the Parousia, sometimes known as the Second Coming of Christ. To prepare us to understand his unexpected point he explained that western churches, who inherited the Greek philosophers' mind-set of a split between spirit and matter, also split time into past and future. He said that Eastern Orthodox Churches realise that is just a way of speaking, but that in reality God is an Eternal Now. Eternity is a concentration not an extension of time. So in their Liturgy we re-member (enter into) Christ who was born and died, rose and ascended, intercedes and ever lives for us. The Advent Hope becomes present in us, now, to the degree that we humans allow it. The person who started to split everything was named Ben Adam. The person who heals these splits and makes us whole is Christ, the Second Adam.

Sammy and Kylie Horner of Toronto (The Sweet Sorrows) plan an April UK tour. If you'd like to arrange a gig please contact them on Facebook.

The highest sea surge for sixty years plunged Holy Island into darkness. The Open Gate had just closed for major renovation. But since the Calor Gas had not yet been removed we invited people in to have a hot meal. Jamie moved into High Rigg, whose new owners, Janet and Ray Bissex, have generously allowed the Community to use for volunteers and one guest. The trustees came, we held a House Blessing, and Carol cooked us all a meal.

Graham was off to Whitby again. An evangelical group who wish to plant a café church are meeting regularly with Sisters of the Order of the Holy Paraclete to discern God's leading for Whitby, and Graham, on behalf of CA&H, is a third party and a facilitator. Pray for them and for Whitby.

Posted at 02:33am on 8th December 2013
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