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Advent is a season for anticipation, waiting, watching, hope.  It is a season where we become even more keenly aware of our deepest desires for Christ to come, ushering in the reign of everlasting peace.  We light more candles each week, adding light to the darkness, lifting up prayers for peace, hope, joy, and love.

There is a beautiful Advent hymn called “Lost in the Night.”  The lyrics speak to the desperation we sometimes feel, the depth of our sorrows, and the hope we place in Christ.

Lost in night do the people yet languish,
longing for morning the darkness to vanquish,
plaintively sighing with hearts full of anguish.
Will not day come soon?  Will not day come soon?

Must we be vainly awaiting the morrow?
Shall those who have light no light let us borrow,
giving no heed to our burden of sorrow?
Will you help us soon?  Will you help us soon?

Sorrowing wand’rers in darkness yet dwelling,
dawned has the day of a radiance excelling,
death’s deepest shadows forever dispelling.
Christ is coming soon!  Christ is coming soon!

Light o’er the land of the needy is beaming;
rivers of life through its deserts are streaming,
bringing all peoples a Savior redeeming.
Come and save us soon!  Come and save us soon!

In this season of Advent, we pray especially fervently, “Come and save us soon,” even as we pray for the Spirit to work in and through us as messengers of Christ’s peace, hope, joy, and love.

Whether you are just passing through Cairo, or plan to stay for awhile, you are welcome at St. Andrew’s.  You’ll find Christians of many backgrounds and denominations, gathered to worship in Jesus’ name.  Communion is served on the first and third Fridays of the month and all baptized Christians are welcome at the Lord’s Table.  We sing and pray, hear God’s Word, and come together at the Lord’s Table as brothers and sisters in Christ, forgiven and loved, here in the heart of Cairo.

 

St. Andrew’s Book Sale and Bazaar

Friday 12 December

11:30-2:30

Featuring

-Handicrafts made by refugee artists

-Filipino & Eritrean delicacies

-An excellent selection of second hand books

-Live music

Christmas at St. Andrew’s

Joint Christmas Service with Cairo Christian Fellowship

Sunday 21 December at 6:30 PM

 

Christmas Eve Service

Wednesday 24 December at 7:00 PM

 

Christmas Hymn Sing with Cairo Christian Fellowship

Sunday 28 December at 6:00 PM (in the Guild Hall)

 

The above services are all in English.  All are welcome to join us as we celebrate the birth of our Savior.

 

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Prayer for healing, wholeness, and peace + August 29, 2014

 

 

“Jesus says, ‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.’

Come, you who feel far from God’s embrace, a stranger to God’s promises, unsure of God’s love.

Come from behind the walls that surround you: hostility that consumes, fear that entombs, and pride that divides and destroys.

Come, you who long for peace on earth: peace among nations and between peoples, peace in your homes and in your hearts.

Come, you who seek healing in the world: freedom for the captive and for the captor, hope for the hungry and for the greedy.

Do not fear.  Come to the cross of Christ Jesus, where, lifted up, he gathers all things to himself, ending our divisions, becoming our peace, and granting us God’s abundant life.”

-from “Christ our Peace,” Holden Prayer Around the Cross