Where and how do we find comfort in a strange land?

I look from afar - A Virtual Advent Retreat Day

On Saturday 28 November, we held a virtual retreat day of reflections from clergy across the Diocese, who reflected on where and how we find comfort in a strange land.

The reflections are all available below, throughout Advent.

2020 has not been the year we expected, and the uncertainty and stresses of the pandemic have affected us all. How do we as Christians reflect on this? From a day of reflection and prayer, we invite you to sit, pray, and consider this as we start the journey through Advent, to the infant Christ, and the promise of hope and salvation he brings. 

The reflections and services were broadcast on our social media channels. 

The Advent Retreat

Welcome, Introduction, and Reflection 1 (24 minutes)
The Revd Catherine Williams, Spiritual Director, Retreat Leader and Writer
Reading: Psalm 137:1-4
How can we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land?


Reflection 2 (15 minutes)
The Revd Adam Beaumont, Rector, Gauzebrook Group of Churches
Reading: Isaiah 43:1-7
I have called you by name, you are mine.


Reflection 3 (15 minutes)
The Revd Laura Verrall-Kelly

Reading: Psalm 107:1-3, 10-16
His steadfast love endures for ever … He brought them out of darkness and gloom.


Cathedral Eucharist (27 minutes)


Reflection 4 (15 minutes)
Revd Pete Atkinson, Minor Canon for Young People, Salisbury Cathedral
Reading: Isaiah 61:1-3, 11 
The spirit of the Lord is upon me.. he has sent me to proclaim good news … to bring comfort … and the oil of gladness. 


Reflection 5 (16 minutes)
The Revd Dr Catherine Okoronkwo, Vicar of All Saints and St Barnabas, Swindon, and Bishop’s Advisor on Racial Justice
Reading: Isaiah 42:5-9
I have taken you by the hand and kept you.


Reflection 6 (13 minutes)
The Revd Mark Nam, Curate, United Church and St Anne’s Longwell Green
Reading: Micah 4:1-5
No one shall make them afraid.


Reflection 7 (14 minutes)
The Very Revd Dr Mandy Ford, Dean of Bristol
Reading: Philippians 4:4-9
The Lord is near.


Evening Prayer (16 minutes)


Closing session and liturgy (begins at 2mins 20, lasts 2mins)
The Rt Revd Vivienne Faull, Bishop of Bristol

Posted on 19th November 2020