Quiet Reflection

The quiet reflection service is a guided meditation on the readings for the week, accompanied by a couple of hymns.  It starts at 11.30am on Thursdays, and runs for about 40 minutes.

Please note: this is the last Reflection until 3rd February 2022


Following is the link to the reflection for the  19th December 2021       Time of Reflection 19.12.21

The complete service is reproduced  below.



A reflection on the Gospel of Luke Chapter 1  verses 39-55


Advent 4               19 December    ,21


Hymn  277  He who by a mother’s love made the wandering world his own, every year comes from above

comes the parted to atone, binding earth to the

 Father’s throne, binding earth to the Father’s throne.

But Thou comest every day. No, thou never didst depart,

never hour hast been away: always with us, Lord thou art, always with us, Lord thou art, binding, binding

heart to heart..           George MacDonald 1824-1905


Luke  1:39-55  NRSV

Mary Visits Elizabeth

39 In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, 40 where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth.


 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb.


 And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit 42 and exclaimed with a loud cry,

“Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. 43 And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? 44 For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy. 45 And blessed is she who believed that there would be[ a fulfilment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.”



Mary’s Song of Praise

 and Mary said “My soul magnifies the Lord,

             and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,

48 for he has looked with favour on the lowliness of his servant.

            Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;

9 for the Mighty One has done great things for me,

    and holy is his name.

50 His mercy is for those who fear him

    from generation to generation.

51 He has shown strength with his arm;

    he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.

52 He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,

    and lifted up the lowly;

53 he has filled the hungry with good things,

    and sent the rich away empty.

54 He has helped his servant Israel,

    in remembrance of his mercy,

55 according to the promise he made to our ancestors,

    to Abraham and to his descendants forever


And Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home




From Verna Holyhead’s commentary I extract the following:

Under our Christmas trees are mysterious packages of all colours and sizes and shapes, waiting to be unwrapped  God has also given us the most wonderful of Christmas gifts: his own Son, wrapped in our human flesh.  But the whole Christ, head and members, is not yet fully formed.

Until the end of the ages, he continues to wrap himself in the love and fidelity of his disciples.

Christ has come in the past in the days of his flesh, is coming to us in the present in his grace, and will come again in his final and glorious advent. “




Let us pray


For our Aboriginal sisters and brothers – that we may reverence their wisdom

 and the earth which nurtures them:


Response:  O Wisdom, come and teach us the way of truth


For all women who, patiently and wisely, are weaving new life

in their wombs, and for their husbands – that they may find love

and support in one another and in their communities


Response: O Wisdom, come and teach us the way of truth.


For a love of the two tables of the Word and the Eucharist

which God’s wisdom sets for our feasting – that in Advent

we may be a listening and an eating people.


Response: O Wisdom, come and teach us the way of truth.




Hymn 265  O come, O dayspring, come and cheer

                    our spirits by your advent here;

                    disperse the gloomy clouds of night

                    and death’s dark shadows

                     put to flight


                     Rejoice! rejoice!

                     Emmanuel shall come to you, O Israel





































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