“On the way to Bethlehem”
On the evenings from Monday 7 December to Thursday 10 December at 7.00pm, we will be holding an Advent Retreat, with the title “On the way to Bethlehem”.
Each night we will be looking at the different people who went to Bethlehem during the first Christmas, and finding out how their experience helps us in our own faith.
A zoom invitation will be sent out for you to join in, and each session will have some points for reflection for you to look at during the following day.
Session 1: Monday 7 December 7.00pm
“Citizens of the City of David”
Think about God’s people in the time when Jesus was born.
Think about how few would have known at the time what was happening.
How far do we see God at work in the midst of those around us today?
Pray for each person that we know or see in our own community to be aware of Jesus coming and what that means for them.
Session 2: Tuesday 8 December 7.00pm
Read through Matthew chapters 1 & 2, Luke chapters 1 & 2
See how the angels are used by God
Let’s ask God afresh to use us in his will and plans and purposes
Session 3: Wednesday 9 December 7.00pm
“Shepherds and Magi”
Read through Luke 2 and Matthew 2
Think on the lives of the shepherds and the Magi
Spend some time making a conscious decision to include yourself in God’s call
Think about the scene of Jesus’ birth
Place yourself in this scene and bring to God your own gift – yourself
And be received just as you are
Session 4: Thursday 10 December 7.00pm
“Jesus God Incarnate”