an intro to this worship can be found here
As people gathered, we had a clip looping of a baby in-utero, taken from the BBC series The Human Body, with the vocal track from Lamb’s ‘Heaven’ playing over the top [Craig Mitchell sent me the vocal track a couple of years ago. I don’t know where he got it, but i’m really grateful! I’ve used it over and over]
Advent is a pregnant pause in our year
a moment of focussing our attention again
on the promise of love
and the struggle to wait for the promise to be given birth…
The last scenes from Children of Men were playing, space was laid out with a pile of white cheesecloth fabric… and these words:
The film ‘Children of Men’ is set in 2027, 18 years after the birth of the last baby in the world. Without children, the world has no reason to hope; without hope the world has turned to anarchy.
And then, by miracle, a baby is born.
For those who have never heard a baby cry, never known the promise of hope, peace becomes a possibility. It becomes worth living for.
It’s enough to bring the world to its knees.
If we dare to let go of the nostalgia of the Christmas story…
if we dare to let the promise, and the birth, of Jesus be an intensely political act
– the presence of hope in conflict, the transformation of systems that oppress and powers that destroy –
if we dare to let the truth of this story be as fragile as a baby, carried through battle-torn streets
will the birth of Jesus again be able to offer hope to the world?
and then these instructions:
If this is a truth to which you can say ‘yes’
rip a piece of the cloth to take with you.
Carry it in your pocket through this advent.