St Augustine’s Church, Grove Park 336 Baring Road, SE12 0DX  Vicar: Rev. Gavin Berriman Thoughts and Prayers Father Gavin’s Monthly Message - from the Parish Magazine The Office of Compline  The ancient office of Compline offers a most beautiful way to end a busy day. Simple, reflective, prayerful and very spiritual it is perfect for use at home.  Click the button to find a form of the service for your own use Compline

Dear Friends,

With the publication of this magazine we move into the beautiful season of Advent, a season that so easily gets lost in the madness of the Christmas build up. This evening, Advent Sunday, we have our Advent Carol Service which is filled with beautiful music and readings of hope and expectation. Do come along.

Also during Advent we will pray the evening prayers of Compline on a different night each week. Compline is a lovely gentle way to end the day and means “to make the day complete.” Sometimes we need to be reminded to just stop for a moment, relax, breath, be still, and simply rest in the wonder and presence of God. The times of Compline can be found elsewhere in the magazine and will appear each Sunday on our weekly sheet. If you have never been to Compline before, I encourage you to give it a go. There is also a short version of Compline printed in this magazine which can be used at home.

As Advent progresses we begin to anticipate the Great Feast of Christmas. Carols by Candlelight are on

Saturday 22nd; the Children’s Nativity on our morning worship on the 23rd; and our service of Christingle and Family Carols will be on the same day at 5 pm. The rest of the Christmas worship is as advertised.

But do not let Christmas come too quickly, it will arrive soon enough – enjoy Advent! Allow this beautiful season to fill you with its wonder and delight and open you to God’s Holy Presence in your life and in our community and world.

May God bless you and your loved ones with Holy Love.

Best Wishes,