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The Advent Wreath

Most churches have at the heart of their worship during Advent is a ring or wreath. There is a symbolism with the wreath and its five candles that is useful in retelling the Christmas story.

The circle of greenery reminds us that God is eternal, the Alpha and Omega without beginning or end, and also of the hope we have in God, of newness, renewal and eternal life.

The candles symbolise the light of God entering the world through the birth of Jesus, and the four outer candles represent a period of waiting. Whilst the light from the candles reminds us that Jesus is the light of the world that comes into the darkness, it also reminds us that we are called to be a light to the world as we reflect the light of God's love and grace to others.

At Martin Way the beginning of each of the four Sundays leading up to Christmas Day, a new candle is lit to remind us what each of the four candles symbolises:

  • Week 1 - Hope for all people
  • Week 2 - The Prophets
  • Week 3 - John the Baptist
  • Week 4 - Mary, the mother of Jesus

The centre candle is white and is called the Christ Candle, traditionally lit at our service on Christmas morning.

Paul's Letter

Paul in his monthly letter (Letter Page) asks what difference a story about the birth of a newborn child in humble surroundings can make in the uncertain times - politically and economically - in which we live.

The Panto's the thing...

Simeon's Watch

  • • Riding Lights
  • • Holy Trinity Church, The Broadway, SW19 1SB
  • • Thursday 8th December at 7.30pm
  • • Booking: 020 8540 8189

Snow White

  • • Lantern Arts Centre
  • • Tolvene Road, Raynes Park, SW20 8RA
  • • Wednesday 7th to Saturday 10th December 2016 at 7.30pm
  • • Booking: lac@lanternarts.org

Scrooge - the Panto

  • • Parish Players
  • • St Mary's Merton Park Church Hall
  • • Wednesday 4th to Saturday 7th January 2017 at 7.45pm
  • • Booking: www.parishplayers.net

Scrooge and the Seven Dwarves

  • • Sleeping Trees
  • • Theatre503 at The Latchmere, 503 Battersea Park Road, SW11 3BW
  • • Sunday 23rd November - Saturday 7th January 2017 at 7pm
  • • Booking: theatre503.com

Services for December 2016

Sunday, 4th 10:30 Rev Paul Timmis (Holy Communion)
Sunday, 11th 10:30 Viv Newitt/Brenda Cannon (Morning Worship)
  18:30 Rev Paul Timmis (Holy Communion)
Sunday, 18th 10:30 Rev Paul Timmis (Nativity & Gift Service/Cafe Worship)
  18:00 Rev Paul Timmis (Carols by Candlelight with SIGMA)
Saturday, 24th 17:30 Rev Paul Timmis (Christingle)
Sunday, 25th 10:30 Rev Paul Timmis (Christmas Morning)

This week please pray for ...

  • Church Leaders - Pray for the church leaders in your community. Ask that they would feel fresh encouragement this week.
  • Learning - Ask God to help you seize every opportunity to learn and grow.
  • Valuing Others - Ask God to remind you of the value of every person you meet this week. Pray that you would see them as He does.
  • Integrity - Ask God to show you any areas of your life which needs an increase in integrity. Pray He would gently help you make changes.
  • Doubt - Pray for those who are struggling with doubt. Ask God to give them confidence to walk by faith with Him.

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