2019 Theme

Theme for 2019: Waiting

by Revd Caroline Risdon, Assistant Priest of St. Alfege Church, Greenwich

Waiting is an important concept in the Christian faith. We are, especially at Advent and Christmas, waiting on the Lord in the sense of anticipating God’s arrival. But waiting need not be a passive activity. Waiting on the Lord can also mean leading a life of energetic and active service.

2019 has been a year of great change for St Alfege Church with the retirement of our Vicar Chris Moody and his wife Gill, who started the Advent Windows project. We have also completed significant renovation and restoration work to the Church building. Such significant events cannot take place without extensive planning and we await our new Vicar as we have waited to enjoy our refurbished Church.

Nationally and globally, this year has witnessed many challenging events: the drawn out negotiations around Brexit; the protest initiated by Extinction Rebellion; continued attacks on people of faith. Such events make us question what it is we want for ourselves and our society. We are all in a sense waiting for a future filled with peace, reconciliation and justice. But how are we waiting? Are we just standing by allowing time to pass? Or are we actively seeking and advocating, using our political and social voice to enable that better future?

Advent is our season of waiting. But it is waiting in sure and certain hope of the birth of Jesus Christ. Whatever you are waiting upon, I hope you find fulfilment and peace this Christmas.




Leave a Comment