Reflections – Monthly Newsletter

Reflections is the monthly newsletter of the Brookfield Uniting Church.

If you would like a copy, please email Edith McPhee, emcphee@westnet.com.au

Following is the Minister’s Message from the December 2019 issue:

FROM the MINISTER’S DESK

Season of Advent – Season of Hope, Peace, Joy and Love
Greetings to you all in the Name of Our Lord, and Saviour Jesus Christ!
We give Thanks and Praise to God for his Blessing and Guidance upon our
Church Family during this last month of November and the new Season of Advent.
The First Sunday in Advent – Hope
Jesus explains that no one knows the time of the Second Coming,
therefore we should always be prepared.
We lit and reflected on the first candle of Advent, the candle of
Hope.
We put our hope in the one to come, the promised one who comes
from God to bring good news of salvation. We hope in the one who will lead us to walk in the light of the LORD. We hope he will not let us live in dark valleys, but on the high mountain of God.
On this day, we remember to hopefully look for the coming of Christ.
The Second Sunday in Advent
John the Baptist preaches repentance to prepare for the coming of the Lord.
We light the second candle of Advent, the candle of Peace.
God has a peaceful dream for the world, and we dream it too.
We dream of a peaceful world where nations come together, where war is a
memory, and we eat at one table.
On this day, we remember the Lord of All who brings peace surpassing all understanding.
The Third Sunday in Advent
John explains that he is not the Messiah.
We light the third candle of Advent, the candle of Joy.
In Advent, we are in a time of waiting. Like the Israelites who wandered through the Wilderness, waiting to come into the Promised Land, we wait for the coming of the Joy of Ages. We wait for the day where we can join our voices with the angels to sing “Joy to the World, the Lord is come!” We wait for the day when everlasting joy will be on each of us.
On this day, we remember the Spirit who breathes joy into our lives.
The Fourth Sunday in Advent
Gabriel explains to Mary that even though she is a virgin, she will give birth to the
Son of God. “How can this be?”
Today we light the fourth candle of Advent, the candle of Love.
Scripture tells us “There is no fear in love, for perfect love casts out fear.” (1 John 4:18). God created this world in love and this world will end in the love of God.  God’s love pervades all aspects of this life. From birth to death, pain to delight, strangers to lovers, God’s love is there.
On this day, we remember God is Love.

Christmas Day
On this day we light The Christ Candle in honour of the Christ Child.
With the birth of Christ, salvation has drawn near. The
God who ordered the chaos of the universe has come
down into the chaos of our world. The Word which
was with God at the beginning came down and lived with us. While we were yet living in the valley of the shadow of death, the light of new life burst forth.
On this day, we remember God has come in the Christ Child.
The Season of Advent stresses the two-fold meaning of the ‘coming’ of the Christ :  When we celebrate the liturgy of Advent each year, it makes present this ancient expectancy of the Messiah for, by sharing in the long preparation for the Saviour’s first coming, the faithful renew their ardent desire for His second coming.


Merry Christmas and Blessings,
Malcolm