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2 weeks ago
"At Christmas, we celebrate the Incarnation, God becoming man, the Lord of all coming as a small helpless child. To begin, this extraordinary event was witnessed by just a few: Jesus’s parents, some shepherds, and a few animals. It isn’t until the Epiphany when the light of Christ is made known to all people, Gentile and Jew, and to all of the cosmos. The three events of Epiphany—the magi, baptism, and wedding—symbolise the revelation of Christ to all humanity. They announce to the whole world that this person is the fully human and fully divine Son of God. This is why we celebrate the Epiphany!
This twelve-day journey from Christmas day to Epiphany, from birth to full revelation of God as man, is a wonderful time in the Church calendar. We follow the example of the magi and seek after Christ, to sit in adoration before him, and then to go and share the hope of this message of light."
In celebration of today's feast of Epiphany, Katrina has prepared a reflection on the wonder of Christ's revelation to all humanity.
Read the full article here: www.venn.org.nz/epiphany-christ-revealed-to-all/ ...
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2 weeks ago
Welcome to the new year and the latest series of Venn Presents!
In this latest two-part series, Sam Bloore and Andrew Shamy take a deeper dive into the life and imagination of J.R.R. Tolkien. This series builds on Andrew Shamy's Conversation Evening and article from 2020, titled "There and Back Again: How Reading Tolkien Can Restore the World to Us.” In his talk and article, Andrew helped us see how Tolkien's imagination and the genre of fantasy literature offers recovery of meaning in the world, an escape or flight to reality, and consolation in the midst of our deep longings for beauty, goodness, courage, and hope.
Now, in this conversation, Sam and Andrew continue further into the life of Tolkien, exploring the events, relationships, and deep Christian faith that shaped so much of his writing. We've released both episodes together so you can enjoy the full conversation during this Summer break (for those in the Southern Hemisphere).
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4 weeks ago
✨ Merry Christmas, from all of the team at Venn ✨
“You, Lord, showed favour to your land; you restored the fortunes of Jacob. You forgave the iniquity of your people and covered all their sins. You set aside all your wrath and turned from your fierce anger. Restore us again, God our Saviour, and put away your displeasure toward us. Will you be angry with us forever? Will you prolong your anger through all generations? Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you? Show us your unfailing love, Lord, and grant us your salvation.
I will listen to what God the Lord says; he promises peace to his people, his faithful servants—but let them not turn to folly. Surely his salvation is near those who fear him, that his glory may dwell in our land.
Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other. Faithfulness springs forth from the earth, and righteousness looks down from heaven. The Lord will indeed give what is good, and our land will yield its harvest. Righteousness goes before him and prepares the way for his steps.” (Psalm 85) ...
"The imagined Christ child, for all of time already our Maker, made home 'a universe' inside a womb, the rounded belly like a globe. It could be a stretch, but I have been imagining he might have brought with him moon and stars, sunlight and water; certainly, life force enough to push against the arch of humanity’s skin. Within Mary’s human womb, there is both a darkness like a night sky and the dawning light of Christ Jesus."
This Christmas Eve, join us as we reflect on the wonder and mystery of the infant Christ, the one who holds the universe, dwelling in the womb of a young mother.
To see more of Juanita's beautiful depictions, go to: www.venn.org.nz/he-who-holds-our-universe/ ...
"Jesus Christ is born to us the desire of nations, the Key of David, the Morning Star, in a stockman’s trough, to a tradie and a girl with a lion’s heart. The magi, standing in for all gentiles, bow before him. Herod and the corrupt rage against him. Joseph extends a workman’s hand to protect him. And the victory of the humble and the simple and the faithful and the expectant is assured: for the child is born to be King.
This explosion of joy kicks off what Western Christians call 'Twelvetide' or the Twelve Days of Christmas: a complicated mix of Christian elements, secular folk customs, and (yes, breathe) old Roman customs associated with the old feast of Saturnalia. Especially in Northern Europe with its endless dark, Christians continued the Christmas light outwards into subsidiary holidays, customs, and feasting."
If you've ever wondered what the 12 days of Christmas actually are, then take a read of John Fox's wonderful article framing the historical and theological significance of this season!
Read more here: www.venn.org.nz/god-is-in-it-with-us/ ...