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From the Anglican Church of Korea: Welcoming Rev. Stephen Sikyung Yoo!

A big welcome to Taiwan to Rev. Stephen Sikyung Yoo, his first ever visit to Taiwan!

Rev. Stephen Sikyung Yoo is the Provincial Secretary of the Anglican Church of Korea, and was invited here earlier this week for a conference of East Asia leaders hosted by the Taiwan Presbyterian Church.  Before becoming Provincial Secretary, Stephen worked at the Seoul Anglican Cathedral, and before that he and his family spent 10 years in Japan as missionaries from the Korean Anglican Church; Stephen was chaplain of Rikkyo (St. Paul’s) University, Tokyo, the largest Anglican University in Japan, with over 20,000 students.

Yesterday Bishop Lai welcomed him to visit our diocesan office in Taipei.  Stephen is also Executive Director of TOPIK (Towards Peace in Korea (사)평화를일구는사람들) and brought gifts from himself and Archbishop Paul Kim (Bishop of Seoul and Primate of the Anglican Church of Korea) and his wife – stoles and scarves made in Rason City, North Korea under the TOPIK program, and Bishop Lai gave him a beautiful teapot and Chinese tea!

So, a big welcome to Taiwan and greetings to all our brothers and sisters in the Anglican Church of Korea!

Thornham Parva Retable ~ Stunning!

St. Mary’s Church, Thornham Parva in deepest Suffolk is just about everybody’s favorite UK church!  Very small, very quaint, very thatched and very very old.  It also happens to be one of my supporting churches and the people are wonderful ~ I visited them earlier this year (see my blog post here) ~ the salt of the earth!

The church is also very famous for the retable that hangs above the altar, apparently the largest surviving altar-piece from the English Middle Ages.  St. Catherine is second left, holding her wheel ~ so I bought lots of postcards of the retable to give to all our clergy on my return to Taiwan….

And now I’ve just received a Christmas card from my good friends in Thornham Parva, titled ‘Altarpiece in Dazzle Camouflage (Thornham Parva)’, a woodcut on Japanese paper, by Jonathan Lloyd 2015, his studio is in Northumberland ~ isn’t it just beautiful?



Advent Word Global Advent Calendar 2015!

Advent Word is a really great Global Advent Calendar project!  I love it!

It’s run by the Anglican Communion and the brothers of The Society of St. John the Evangelist (SSJE), based in Boston, USA.  The brothers write a daily meditation on an Advent theme – with a photo – which they post to social media, and we respond with an image of our own and the hashtag #AdventWord plus the hashtag for the appropriate theme for the day…. it works best on Instagram, and shared to Facebook, partly because the Instagram filters are so good, and make the photos look really special!

This project was launched last year in Advent 2014, and I loved it!  Now this year, the Diocese of Taiwan has been helping out a bit, and our good friend at St. James’ Church, Taichung, Jerry Liang has kindly translated all the daily meditations into Mandarin Chinese, and these are now posted on the Advent Word website each day along with other languages too ~ check it all out here!

My humble contributions so far (without the Instagram filters of course!), as follows:

Day 1: #Wake Up #覺醒 Advent Sunday, November 29

‘Look clearly and honestly at your life – and take action. Now. For now is the time to waken out of sleep. That is the watchman’s trumpet call – the clarion call of Advent. Now is the time for you – a choice to be made, a decision to be taken’.



Above photo taken in the park opposite St. Peter’s Church, Chiayi last weekend!

Day 2: #Proclaim #宣告 Monday November 30

‘John boldly asserts that Christ—the very Word of God–is the light and life of all people. In our personal lives, seeing truth, speaking truth as best we can, is essential to the dawn of light and life’.



Above photo also taken in the park opposite St. Peter’s Church, Chiayi last weekend!

Day 3: #Give #給予 Tuesday December 1

‘What is your treasure, what is it you value most and feel you have to have to live? Maybe it is money, maybe it is time, maybe it is knowledge, maybe it is love that needs to be squandered on those who have none, who lack hope and need help. Are you being challenged at this time to give all that you have?’



Mrs. Grace Chien 簡師母 lights the first Advent Candle at St.Peter’s Church, ‪Chiayi‬‬ on ‪Advent Sunday‬ 2015. She and Bishop John C.T. Chien 簡啟聰主教 [1940-2013] have given their whole lives in faithful Christian service. An amazing witness! ‪Thanks be to God‬!

Day 4: #Forgive #寬恕 Wednesday December 2

‘This is the promise of God: not that he will make life simpler but that God will save us, and salve us and heal us and forgive us from all that is broken and diseased in us’.



God forgive us for our obsession with convenience and ‘instantness’, help us this ‪‎Advent‬ to patiently wait for your coming….

Day 5: #Repent #悔改 Thursday December 3

‘In Advent, we are called to more clearly engage the subject of God’s judgment; we are challenged to realize that we have sinned and are in need of God’s forgiveness. God’s judgment is his love and his truth. If we would hook into God’s love, we must walk through the door of repentance and forgiveness’.



Above photo was taken at the chapel at the diocesan office in Taipei ~ the wood carving was done by Bishop Lai himself!

Day 6: #Worship #崇拜 Friday December 4

‘In this season, we not only contemplate, but we worship the One who came, but who is still here. The One who is to come, but who is here already. Time present, time past, time future—three layers of time, bound magically together, bound so deliciously together in the vision of Christ’.



Above photo taken at St. John’s University Library on our Advent Walkabout on Tuesday!

Do join up and take part if you can – it’s very meaningful and of course great fun!