Come round again to this advent season.

Hope for new life has begun.

Circles of time will renew Gods creation.

Journey once more round the sun.

I wrote these words many years ago for the refrain of an Advent hymn. They remind us that the sea
son of Advent marks the beginning of a new liturgical year. For four weeks prior to Christmas Eve, we make room in our lives and prepare our hearts for the coming of the Christ Child. Each week our Advent themes take us through hope, peace, joy, and love. This year we are adding our own spin on the season. Each week we will reflect on how we are or could be embraced in the quiet centre...” of hope, peace, joy, and love. Join us as we are invited into a calm quiet space of sanctuary amid the busyness of December.


In the miracle of all new life
there's a gift that waits to be
the hope and peace and joy and love
this world so longs to see.

Our only thanks could ever be
to offer who we are
and share the blessings of this life
with those both near and far.

This Christmas Offertory is part of my thesis music and brings the Advent themes of hope, peace, joy, and love into the Christmas season. While the official beginning of the Christmas season is December 25, many United Church congregations begin the celebrations with Christmas Eve services on December 24. The season extends to January 5 which is the day before Epiphany. (More on that later.)

While the seasons of Advent and Christmas circle around the particular story of the birth of Jesuswhen God becomes human and dwells on earth this can also be a special time for us to consider what new thing(s) we are prepared to bring to life in our lives. How will God be reflected in your lifein a new way? What good news will you bear?

I hope you take the time this Advent and Christmas to make the story personal; to find your quiet centre of hope, peace, joy, and love; and to celebrate the birth of something
new and sacred in your life.

Advent Blessings,


Note:  This is from the latest edition of "What's Brewing" - Sunnybrook United's Newsletter.