Next Sunday, the Advent journey begins.
If you’re well prepared and read ahead, there are some things in Jesus the Child We Worship to ponder when you come to Church on Advent Sunday. There’s also a reflection for St Andrew’s Day, which happens to fall on Sunday as well (although our lectionary gives you the option to transfer St Andrew to Monday December 1). You may like to read the first few pages this week, so that you won’t be swamped come Sunday.
Or, you may just like to take the readings as they come. The book will work that way too.
I have only a few print copies left. Click on BUYING THE BOOK (https://adventbook.wordpress.com/buying-the-book/) to access the internet order form.
Likewise, St John’s Books (http://www.stjohnsbooks.com.au/ or phone 08 9335 1982) have nearly exhausted their supply too.
Click on http://www.stjohnsbooks.com.au/product_info.php?products_id=6173 to go direct to the book.
Call into the shop in Highgate Court, Queen Street, Fremantle, to collect them in person.
Otherwise buy the E-BOOK in the version that suits your device. Click on https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/453685. The e-book costs $US 3.99, and I’ve tried it both on the Kindle and the i-Pad. It works well for daily reading and looks good in both formats. Email me (email@example.com) for an email version if you really don’t want to use the Smashwords site.
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Archbishop Roger Herft AM launched Jesus the Child We Worship at an informal function during the Franciscan Convocation at the St John of God Retreat Centre in Shoalwater on October 11.
In introducing Jesus the Child We Worship to a small crowd of Third Order members and other friends, Archbishop Roger was generous in his description of the meditations. He said that rather than focus on the theme of mortality, the meditations use the four last things (heaven, hell, death and judgement) to focus on new life; on the ways in which God’s life comes from the future to be born in us in the present. The Archbishop described this emphasis as natality.
Earlier in Convocation, Tertiaries had floated the possibility of staging a nativity crèche with a live baby, and clergy present traded many anecdotes about nativity scenes with missing babies, or such tiny dolls for babies that they were invisible. Using the readings in Jesus the Child We Worship will help readers find the Christ-Child!
By the end of the launch, all copies of the meditations that had been brought to the day had been sold — but more are available here.
Getting ready for Christmas in Australia for a child often starts when school closes for the year. It’s hot. Sometimes the day temperatures in south-west Western Australia rise to the mid-thirties Celsius in December, and the dry easterlies start to blow.
For a farm kid in the fifties, those weeks before Christmas were a time of great freedom. We were discouraged from staying indoors, and the wide open spaces of the farm were literally that. We could run, or ride our bikes, as far as we liked, and simply enjoy the gift of creation.
But there was also the excitement of preparing for guests. Some like my mother’s parents, would come only for Christmas Day, after church services. Others, like Dad’s sisters, Auntie Kate and Auntie Pix would come and stay for some days.
We expected presents. More about them later.
This year, I am beginning my preparations early: my book of daily meditations for Advent is at the printers now. I hope it will be launched in Perth in October, but the books need to be ready in good time. I feel excited about this book. It has been a joy to write; as I reflected last Advent on the Scriptures for next Advent, I was able to wait on God for inspiration. My prayer is that what I have prepared will encourage readers as you prepare for Christmas 2014