The Risk of Birth

Madeleine L’Engle’s poem “The Risk of Birth”

This is no time for a child to be born,
With the earth betrayed by war & hate
And a comet slashing the sky to warn
That time runs out & the sun burns late.
That was no time for a child to be born,
In a land in the crushing grip of Rome;
Honour & truth were trampled by scorn–
Yet here did the Saviour make his home.
When is the time for love to be born?
The inn is full on the planet earth,
And by a comet the sky is torn–
Yet Love still takes the risk of birth.

Mary & Joseph’s Amazing Journey Thru Orillia & area

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  1. Sign up at the Welcome Desk to have our Mary and Joseph figurines stay at your home.
  2. After their stay with you, your household will take Mary and Joseph to their next host home (as indicated on the sign-up calendar)
    where you will enjoy a cup of coffee/tea aimg_1237nd pray together.
  3. That home, in turn, will 15442141_10154544195105862_5368928239339280489_ntake Mary and Joseph to the next home, enjoy 15400998_1336527339733412_5574882566372935046_nrefreshments and a time of prayer together …
    and the cycle continues until the final familyimg_9148mjaa2
    brings Mary and Joseph to church on Christmas Eve.
  4. If possible, as you pass Mary and Joseph on to the next family take
    a picture and post it on your social media using the hashtag #noroomattheinnproject and also email it to OCC.

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and be a part of this OCC family  Christmas project!

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After Annunciation

Advent begins this sunday, 27 November,
as we mark this season of anticipation & expectation
I am drawn to this short poem by Madeleine L’Engle

This is the irrational season
When love blooms bright and wild.
Had Mary been filled with reason
There’d have been no room for the child.

Advent is coming

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Advent starts Sunday, 27 November
it’s those 4 week leading up to Christmas
4 weeks of expectation & anticipation
4 weeks of reminding ourselves that

  • Jesus has come
  • that Jesus is coming again
  • that Jesus has already broken into this world
  • that Jesus is at work redeeming & renewing

Advent is coming!

Join us this Advent season