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© Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church

235 Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2H 8EP

020 7240 0544

A registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation, no. 1174891

December 31, 2017

Eternal God of each present moment,

            we come before you at the turning of another year

            with diverse emotions and tentative hope.

The past and the future meet in this day,

            and lay themselves before us for prayerful pondering.

As we look back over the...

December 21, 2017

A gentle service, acknowledging the presence of sorrow and seeking hope 

Yesterday’s Pain
In the godforsaken, obscene quicksand of life,
there is a deafening alleluia
rising from the souls of those who weep,
and of those who weep with those who weep.
If you watch, you will see
the hand of God
putting the stars back in their skies
one by one.
Yesterday’s Pain.
Some of us walk in Advent
tethered to our unresolved yesterdays
the pain still s...

November 30, 2017

Great God of unexpected endings, there are times when we find ourselves left speechless in wonder at the mystery of your presence. We pray today for and with all who wish to offer prayers of grateful thanksgiving but do not know how or to whom they should pray.

We lift up our hearts with expectant mothers and proud new fathers, and we rejoice with those who see in the miracle of new life the hope of the future of the world.

We p...

November 30, 2017

God of light and warmth, we await your coming.

We gather today at the turning of the year.

                        The shortest day has been, the longest night has passed.

            Today is lighter than yesterday.

                        And imperceptibly, subtly, gradually,...

November 30, 2017

Loving God of the dawn and the sunset,

            we come before you this day,

            when night is longest and day is shortest,

to offer our prayers

            for those whose experience of life

            is more of darkness than it is of light....

November 30, 2017

Long night ahead?

Nah, just a short day.

It's not the hours of darkness

that bother me,

but the passing of the day:

'Life's little day',

ebbing swiftly to its close.

Too soon, too soon.

The light of new life


in a baby's eyes.

Then years flicker past,

and light dims to dark.

But the baby, ah, the baby.

The eternal baby.

Every year crucified,

every year reborn.

New life in the cycle of life,

death undone

and robbed.

Longest night.


November 30, 2017

Inspired by the wise men taking another path from Herod

Surprising God of unexpected endings,

            we enter your presence with lives half-lived.

And we bring with us the gifts of

            our hopes, our dreams,

                        our expectations, and our fears....

November 30, 2017

Loving God of Advent, we await your coming.

We gather in your name this morning,

            in expectation of encounter with you,

but we know that there is nothing we can do

            to hasten your presence among us.

And so we wait for you.

And as we wait, we open our hearts and minds

            to the scrutiny of your Spirit....

November 30, 2017

God of Advent, in a world of chaos, you can be very hard to find.

The good news of your presence can seem at best a mystery.

So teach us to wait for your unveiling, and give us faith to trust in your revelation.

When our world is in winter, comfort us with faith that the long dark nights, and cold hard days, do not last for eternity.

Help us to learn the lesson of the skeletal tree against the winter sky, and the dormant bulb in t...

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