This Sunday we invite you to join us in some prayers and reflections provided in written form. We read together the story of Jesus and his family fleeing to Egypt during his youth – refugees in a violent world. What does this confronting story have to say to us today?
Our CSBC Online Service will recommence on Sunday January 24. Our in-person services at Collins St will recommence on Sunday February 7.
We pray that there has been much about this Christmas season that has brought you life and joy. We are also aware that there are, for many, a range of hidden struggles and difficulties at this time of year. We hold in prayer all those for whom this season is personally exhausting, lonely, or heavy with grief.
After many months of sharing CSBC Online services via video, we will be taking a few weeks of intentional simplicity. Each Sunday we will offer some written prayers, readings and reflections for you to engage with in your own time.
On this fourth Sunday of Advent, we light the candle of love and celebrate together the extraordinary gift that is ours in Christ. What’s more, we join in a traditional service of carols and readings, retelling the familiar story of Jesus’ birth and joining our voices with countless others around the world in the hymns of this beautiful season.
May you experience something of God’s love and presence today.
Carolyn Francis talks about Jesus, the cursed fig tree, and asks whether we have a problem with hope. Is it too easy to replace true hope with wishful thinking or delusions?
Members of our CSBC community offer prayers of gratitude and longing, and Geoff Maddock and some of the cross-cultural workers from Global Interaction invite us to join them in their weekend of prayer.