“So let us enter Advent in hope, even hope against hope. Let us see visions of love and peace and justice. Let us affirm with humility, with joy, with faith, with courage: Jesus Christ – the life of the world.”
And that is exactly what a group of people from the Easter Ross Inter-Church Group (ERICG) did yesterday afternoon, on a frosty day suitable for the first Sunday of Advent, as we gathered in St. Andrew’s Church, warming ourselves by the flickering flames from our candles.
Nearly 40 of us sang our hearts out, listened attentively (after all, it IS Advent!) to the readings, including the poem ‘Advent Credo’, from which the quotation above comes. As we held our candles aloft and listened to the introductory readings, we thought about how we can individually be, and bring, light, life, peace and hope, to others. The moving words of our opening hymn, ‘Longing for Light’ expressed our hopes:
‘Christ, be our light! Shine in our hearts. Shine through the darkness. Christ, be our light! Shine in your church gathered today.’
The bright lights of hospitality and fellowship then beckoned us into the welcome warmth of the hall, where an abundance of delicious sandwiches and home-baking (see above) encouraged lively chat and catch-up with our inter-church friends.
Thanks to everyone who read to us, sang with us and catered for us.