Advent 1 – Contemplative

This resource has been put together by the Worship Committee to encourage different ways to look at and think about themes over the period of Advent, whether through the medium of poetry, imagery, audio or video of different sorts. We have taken, as a starting point, Bishop Steven Croft’s course on the Beatitudes, and what they might mean for the Church in Oxfordshire.

He boils the whole passage down into three key words, which we will explore over the first three Sundays of Advent. This week’s theme is “Contemplative”.

There is no wrong way to use these resources. Click on the images below to explore …

Video Poem Audio

Link to the gospel reading for the first Sunday in Advent: Mark 13:24-37.

The Glance by George Herbert

When first thy sweet and gracious eye
Vouchsaf’d ev’n in the midst of youth and night
To look upon me, who before did lie
Weltring in sinne;
I felt a sugred strange delight,
Passing all cordials made by any art,
Bedew, embalme, and overrunne my heart,
And take it in.

Since that time many a bitter storm
My soul hath felt, ev’n able to destroy,
Had the malicious and ill-meaning harm
His swing and sway:
But still thy sweet originall joy
Sprung from thine eye, did work within my soul,
And surging griefs, when they grew bold, controll,
And got the day.

If thy first glance so powerfull be,
A mirth but open’d and seal’d up again;
What wonders shall we feel, when we shall see
Thy full-ey’d love!
When thou shalt look us out of pain,
And one aspect of thine spend in delight
More then a thousand sunnes disburse in light,
In heav’n above.

Image credits:
Movement” (cropped) by Paul Ebbage (License)
Light a Candle for Peace” by Megapixx~ (License)
Motion” (cropped) by Heinrichs1 (License)


  1. hello I could hear the video but not the sound on the audio post love your Advent help its great

    1. Sorry that doesn’t seem to work for you – can you tell me what browser you used? Could you see the audio player? (Black bar with play button and time/length.)

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