Benefice of Moseley, St Mary and St Anne: Advent Prayer Calendar 2017

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Follow the star…

The prayer suggestions below are offered to you in the hope that you may be able to take a moment each day during Advent to pray. The Gospel nativity stories tell us that wise men journeyed to the place of Jesus’ birth guided by a star; the themes in this year’s Advent Prayer Calendar encourage us to journey around our Benefice in our prayers, guided by God’s spirit. You may like to light a candle as you pray. You can find further suggestions for Advent on the back of this Prayer Calendar.

 
Friday 1 December
Give thanks for Moseley’s green spaces, including St Mary’s churchyard, and pray for them to be safe spaces enjoyed by all
Saturday 2 December
Pray for St Columba’s United Reformed Church
Sunday 3 December:
Advent Sunday

Pray for Moseley CofE primary school, children, parents, staff and governors
Monday 4 December
Pray for GP surgeries in Moseley, their patients and their staff
Tuesday 5 December
Pray for Dowell’s Close, residents, staff and trustees
Wednesday 6 December
Pray for Moseley’s coffee shops and their staff
Thursday 7 December
Pray for Queensbridge Secondary School, and also for Riverside church as they worship there
Friday 8 December
Pray for the Community Development Trust and the community groups & organisations based there
Saturday 9 December
Pray for the Post Office, especially for staff in the busy pre-Christmas period
Sunday 10 December:
Advent 2

Give thanks for Churches together in Moseley & pray for those who receive Christmas cards inviting them to services
Monday 11 December
Pray for Moseley’s Catholic primary schools: St Bernard’s, St Martin de Porres, & SS. John & Monica
Tuesday 12 December
Pray for Moseley’s supermarkets and their staff, especially during this busy season
Wednesday 13 December
Pray for Moseley Hall Hospital, including staff, volunteers and patients
Thursday 14 December
Pray for Moseley’s many restaurants and their staff
Friday 15 December
Pray for the charity shops in Moseley, including their volunteers
Saturday 16 December
Pray for Park Hill Primary School, for children, parents, staff and governors
Sunday 17 December:
Advent 3

Give thanks for people of faith in Moseley, and pray for strong inter faith relationships
Monday 18 December
Pray for King David Primary School, for children, parents, staff and governors
Tuesday 19 December
Pray for the Care Homes in our parishes, their residents, staff and volunteers
Wednesday 20 December
Pray for our local police officers
Thursday 21 December
Pray for the National Institute of Conductive education & all who attend
Friday 22 December
Pray for the nurseries in Moseley, including Banana Moon, & the Montessori
Saturday 23 December
Pray for stall holders at Moseley Farmers’ market
Sunday 24 December:
Advent 4

Give thanks and pray for agencies and individuals who work with those who are vulnerable in Moseley
Monday 25 December: Christmas Day
Give thanks for the Gift of Jesus, the Light of the World

Other ideas you may like to try out during Advent:

Reverse Advent Calendar

Set out a box or basket and each day of Advent add to it a non-perishable food or hygiene item or cleaning product. When the basket is full deliver it to your nearest food bank.

Family Time

Light an Advent candle or wreath each evening and share family stories. Finish with a prayer of thanks for the gift of family and the time of preparation for Christmas.

Watch the Night Sky: on a clear night get the children outside and have a look at the stars. How many can you see? Were some of these stars shining over Bethlehem all those years ago? Why do you think the wise men in the bible story made that journey to see Jesus?

Bless Your Neighbours

Bake a few batches of Christmas biscuits, wrap them up in festive paper and give them to the neighbours on your street.

Books

  • Love Life Live Advent – Youth & Adult Edition with daily actions for each day in December as well as a short Bible reading, reflection by Paula Gooder, and a focus for prayer.
  • Haphazard by Starlight, by Janet Morley – a poem a day from Advent to Epiphany.
  • Journey to the Manger, by Paula Gooder – exploring the birth of Jesus.

Bible Society #AdventChallenge

The Bible Society’s online Advent calendar challenges you to do a small, practical act of kindness every day, to share goodwill and make a difference in this season of Advent. Three biblically-inspired challenges are emailed to you each day throughout Advent. The challenges are simple, practical, Bible-based and life-affirming and this year include child-friendly challenges for schools and families. Sign up at: https://www.biblesociety.org.uk/get-involved/adventchallenge/

AdventWord

Sign up for the Global #Advent Calendar and watch it come alive with images from all over the world as we await the coming of #Christmas. Go to http://adventword.org and signup for the daily AdventWord meditation and respond with an image of your own on Twitter or Facebook.

Embrace the Middle East Daily Advent emails

Sign up for daily emails during Advent to help you reflect and prepare for Christmas, with voices from Christians in the Middle East and here in the UK. ‘Embrace the Middle East’ has been one of St Anne’s charities for the last two years, so this is a good resource to help us pray with them and for them.
http://www.embraceme.org/advent-resources