Nau mai, haere mai! Welcome to Te Haerenga Mai // Hoko Mai // Advent.
The Book of Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Everyday Radicals says this about Advent:
"Advent, meaning "the coming," is a time when we wait expectantly. Like Mary, we celebrate the coming of the Christ child, what God has already done. And we wait in expectation for the full coming of God's reign on earth and for the return of Christ, what good will yet do. But this waiting is not a passive waiting. It involves preparation, exercise, nutrition, care, prayer, work; and birth involves pain, blood, tears, joy, release, community. It is called labour for a reason. Likewise, we are in a world pregnant with hope, and we live in the expectation of the coming of God's kingdom on earth. As we wait, we also work, cry, pray, ache; we are midwives of another world."
The Advent reflections, videos, artwork, prayers, and music gathered here are the work of some of the students and faculty of St John's College, and some special friends from across the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand, and Polynesia. These reflections touch on the Advent themes of waiting, pain, joy and hope. They are honest, creative, insightful, and inspiring, and they capture the unique and diverse perspectives of each of the three tikanga (Tikanga Māori, Tikanga Pacifika, and Tikanga Pākehā) of the Anglican Church in this part of the world. You can view the current Advent reflections here, and you can sign up to receive new blog posts here.
We hope that the words, music, prayers and artwork move, challenge, and fill you with hope this Advent. May what is offered here draw you into deeper relationship with God, with our neighbours, and with the planet.
Grace and peace.
Disclaimer - The views or opinions presented in these blog posts are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of St John's Theological College.