Jeremiah 33: 14-16
Thessalonians 3: 9 to end
Luke 21: 29-36
Before I first joined this congregation at St Matthew’s 21 years ago I used to think that Advent was just another season of the Church - although a rather jolly one with: pop up calendars at Sunday School; cheerful Carols like Ding Dong Merrily on High; mince pies for us choir boys; while the grown-ups were given a glass of sherry with the Rector after Matins.
This time last year at extremely short notice, I was asked to preach on Remembrance Sunday in Brixton Prison.
This was quite a challenge because there had been no Christian Chaplain in Brixton for several months. That was why I got a rather panicky telephone call from the Governor’s office 24 hours before Remembrance Sunday 2017 asking me, even though I was not ordained at the time, if I could come in and lead the service as a layman.
For good measure, this military sounding voice on the line said rather firmly
“And the Governor does want a proper, formal Remembrance Day Service with a full two-minute silence”.
Aye, Aye Sir, I more or less replied but with some anxiety.