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The Advent Wreath and Candles

Carolyn gave a talk this week at Kumeu Village Rest Home and Marcia suggested that we should share it with everyone.

The beginning of Advent is a time for the hanging the green decoration of the church with evergreen wreaths, boughs, or trees that help to symbolise the new and everlasting life brought through Jesus the Christ.

The Advent wreath is a symbol of the beginning of the Church year. It is a circular evergreen wreath with five candles, four around the wreath and one in the centre.

The circle of the wreath reminds us of God Himself, His eternity and endless mercy, which has no beginning or end.

The green of the wreath speaks of the hope that we have in God, the hope of newness, of renewal, of eternal life.

Candles symbolise the light of God coming into the world through the birth of His son. It also reminds us that we are called to be a light to the world as we reflect the light of God’s grace to others (Isa 42:6).

The four outer candles represent the period of waiting during the four Sundays of Advent, which themselves symbolise the four centuries of waiting between the prophet Malachi and the birth of Christ.

The colours of the candles vary with different traditions, but there are usually three purple candles, and one pink candle and a white candle in the centre (or the outer candles may be red). Each Sunday of Advent one of the candles is lit.

The first candle is traditionally the candle of Hope. This draws attention to the anticipation of the coming of an Anointed One, a Messiah, that weaves its way through Old Testament history.

The second candle is the candle of Peace. Jesus is our PEACE.

The third candle is the candle of Joy – the angels sang a message of JOY!

The fourth candle is the candle of love– the angles announced the good news of a Saviour sent to us by God because He loves us!

The centre candle is white and is called the Christ Candle. It is traditionally lit on Christmas Day.
The central location of the Christ Candle reminds us that the incarnation is the heart of the season, giving light to the world.

St Chad’s Services for the Christmas period

15 December 10.00am Children’s Christmas Service
22 December 10.00am An NZ Christmas Service with Holy Communion
25 December 10.00am Family Communion Service
29 December 10.00am Holy Communion
31 December 11.30pm A short Holy Communion Service (see separate post for details)

All are very welcome and we look forward to sharing the joys of Christmas with you at St Chad’s.

New Year’s Eve Service 11.30pm 31/12/19

Ten years after St.Chad’s was destroyed by fire in 1990, we celebrated our first Service in the New building, on a New site, on the eve of the New Millenium.  At that Service we agreed to meet on the eve of each new decade.  We did this in 2009 and on New Year’s Eve this year we celebrate moving into the third decade. It will be a half-hour service including a shortened Holy Communion.

All are welcome as we mark another step in the history of St.Chad’s, Huapai.

Pause for thought on Christchurch

Althea Moss shared this poem which was originally written about Refugees but could equally well apply to Migrants – in New Zealand and anywhere else in the world. Many thanks to the author Brian Bilston for allowing us to reproduce it here.

You have to make sure that you read to the bottom!

They have no need of our help
So do not tell me
These haggard faces could belong to you or me
Should life have dealt them a different hand
We need to see them for who they really are
Chancers and scroungers
Layabouts and loungers
With bombs up their sleeves
Cut-throats and thieves
They are not
Welcome here
We should make them
Go back to where they came from
They cannot
Share our food
Share our homes
Share our countries
Instead let us
Build a wall to keep them out
It is not okay to say
These are people just like us
A place should only belong to people who were born there
Do not be so stupid to think that
The world can be looked at another way

(now read from bottom to top)
Brian Bilston