Tuesday 15 December
20u: P-café in Café Stuk (www.stuk.be/en). Josh will lead our final session of the semester on Jacques Derrida on Prayer. The attached two papers (one by the great Josh himself) will help guide our discussion.
Wednesday 16 December
19u30: For HG, we meet outside Sarah's flat to walk round the city centre to look at the Christmas decorations, and then to splash out on a slap-up feast at a local frituur
Thursday 17 December
20u: For Jack's students at KUL, today marks his last lecture on Anglican Theology, and we will celebrate the end of a famously dull and boring course by going out for a wee Christmas drink to prepare for the exams in January
Sunday 20 December: Advent 4
18u30: Christmas Communion - as Leuven empties for the festive season, M&Ms gets its Christmas celebrations in early. This service will only have an informal choir, we'll sing the old English favourite carols, Jack will preach, we will admire our splendid and revolutionary art exhibition on Parables and Pilgrimage, we will celebrate the incarnation of God in Jesus Christ and the permanent message of hope it gives to our world, we will complete our Advent tree and lift everyone in our parish in prayer to God.
M&Ms closes down for the holidays after 20 December and there are no services on 25 and 27 December or on 3 January.
We reopen with joy on Sunday 10 January 2016 to celebrate the Epiphany, with a joint service with JLC (led by us) at 10u30 and with our own normal service at 18u30.
January is the university examination month and our pcafé, HG, CC and new Bible study will resume after the new semester starts on 8 February.
We are really looking forward to our new semester, when the Book of Job will be examined through a series of personal accounts, interviews and sermons.
- We are all still beaming with pride at the amazing success of the carol service on 13 December: a fine choir which sang beautifully, the fullest attendance M&Ms has ever had, a really interesting art exhibition by Andrew and Jo, a sermon by Reimund which brought out the comparison between the art exhibition's faces ("representing something (the Body of Christ) which is invisible") and Jesus Christ at Christmas ("representing something (God) which is invisible"). Congratulations and thanks to everyone involved, and what a super way to end our busy semester!
- Attached is a copy of a magazine Glimp-Lueurs recently drafted by the heads of the recognised religions in Belgium (including Jack), which in the Anglican case features an article on Edith Cavell and one on Paul Vrolijk, the new Anglican chaplain in Brussels.
- Attached is a flyer for a day conference at Holy Trinity Brussels on Saturday 30 January on the subject of a Christian response to people-trafficking in Belgium. Jack and others will be going to this conference, organised by David Fieldsend, attaché to the Anglican Bishop in Europe. All are welcome.
- Here is a copy of the new Diocese in Europe magazine: http://europe.anglican.org/downloads/resources/tea-magazine/tea-68---winter-2015-web.pdf
- Some good friends of M&Ms can be seen in their full glory here! : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3Un8jZveys
- This interview with Archbishop Justin is particularly searching and instructive: https://new.spectator.co.uk/2015/12/the-tide-is-turning-in-this-country-justin-welby-interviewed/
- I thank Imogen for this extremely interesting article on the way in which a devotee of the unspeakable Westboro Baptist Church (which strikes me as preaching and doing the exact opposite of Jesus Christ) managed to escape from its clutches through the love and friendship of those she had previously attacked and vilified: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/11/23/conversion-via-twitter-westboro-baptist-church-megan-phelps-roper?mbid=Social_facebook_aud_dev_kw_tnybc&kwp_0=73631
It's been a busy and fruitful semester at M&Ms and I thank everyone involved from my heart (our ordinand Jane, our choir leaders Dominic and Ellie, our choir, our two church councils, our preachers, David and p-café, Sarah and HG, those who have kept our church family in their prayers, those who have given money to support us and our two church charities Oasis and Beautiful Gate, those who have come to worship with us). Have a holy and happy Christmas! Love from Jack
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