Holy Trinity Anglican Church

Sermons and Reflections

Praying through Advent

On Sunday, we celebrated the sovereignty of Christ the King and the “Now” of the Kingdom. This Sunday, we will begin the season of Advent and the longing in the “Not Yet” of the Kingdom. As we look to the “Now” of the Kingdom, we are aware of the Light of Christ. As we consider the “Not Yet” of the Kingdom, we notice the darkness that remains in this world until Christ returns. On our sacred journey in the Now and Not Yet Kingdom, there are parts of our lives that are fully in the Light of the Kingdom. There are also parts of our lives that remain in darkness awaiting the Light of Christ. Advent is the season in which we are aware of our waiting.

We also begin a new year in the Lectionary. Just as we walked through Mark’s Gospel this past year, in the coming year we will walk through the Gospel according to St Luke. Luke records two poems, or canticles, in his account of the time before the birth of Christ that we now use during Morning and Evening Prayer, the Benedictus and the Magnificat. Over the next four weeks, we will explore prayers of intercession, lament, silence, and praise.  We will use these canticles and Psalm 13 and Psalm 62 to guide our prayer during Advent. 

Week 1- Intercession

Week 2 – Lament

Week 3 –  Silence

Week 4 – Praise