Good morning
Thank you to Michael for reading the Gospel, to Alan for the song “O Come, O come, Emmanuel”, and to Gill for the reflection on the Gospel reading for our young people.

Today, Advent Sunday, is our day of new beginnings, our day of eager anticipation. We give thanks that at a start of a new Church year, God is with us, and that God will be with us, whatever happens. 

As we light the first candle on the advent wreath – a sign to us that Jesus is coming – we pray that God will make that expectation for each of us bright and real.

Lord our God, make us watchful and keep us faithful
As we await the coming of your Son our Lord;
That, when he shall appear,
He may not find us sleeping in sin
But active in his service and joyful in his praise.  Amen.

We look forward to seeing folk at our virtual coffee zoom after the service, and you will find the invite in this mailing. As an icebreaker I invite you to think of something we sadly won’t be able to do in Advent or Christmas this year. But also to give thanks for something that we are able to continue to do. We can weep for what we have lost, but we can also weep with thankfulness for what we still have.

We have our usual collection for toys in the lobby area which can be accessed when the Church is open on Sunday and Thursday mornings for acts of worship. These toys are distributed across Leeds from a hub at St Richard’s Church Seacroft run by a dedicated team of volunteers. It is wonderful that they are still wanting to go ahead this year, making Christmas special for a lot of families in Leeds whose life is a struggle. 

An Advent blessing:

Lord Jesus Christ, single light, shining in the darkness, 
crucified, risen, awaited. 
Meet us today, journey with us in Advent, 
and lead us into a tender and fruitful tomorrow.

Every good wish for the difficult days and weeks ahead.

Virtual Service 29 November