Advent marks the beginning of the Christian year.
We start at the beginning again, to follow the life of our Lord Jesus for another new year.
Advent Day Retreat: "You Shall Name Him Jesus"
Advent marks the coming of Christ. The angel announcing His birth said to Mary, “You shall name Him Jesus.” Later, in a separate announcement to Joseph, the angel added that “he will save his people from their sins.” (Luke 1:31; Matthew 1:21)
Join us at this Advent Day Retreat, where we will step closer into the story of Jesus’ birth, focusing on the angel’s announcement to Mary and Joseph.
Jesus is the true light that has come into the world. (John 1:9). Let us ponder and be refreshed and renewed by the hope, peace, joy and love that He brings as we begin a new year with Jesus.
Date: 12 Nov 2021, Friday - Registration Closed.
Fee: $100, including lunch.
Advent Residential Retreat: "No Longer Longing: O Come Emmanuel, O Come Lord Jesus"
“Soon it will be Christmas Day,” so goes one popular Christmas song. For Christians, a richer term to express the birth of Christ is “Advent.” It simply means “coming,” the coming of God into our world. With the Advent, we are no longer longing like Simeon who waited his whole life for the “consolation of Israel” (Luke 2:25).
But Advent does not just commemorate the birth of Christ, His first coming. It also anticipates the second Advent, His second coming. And we are reminded indeed to be like Simeon, and also the martyred believers who (in John’s vision of the future), “cried out in a loud voice “How long, Sovereign Lord … until you judge…?” (Rev 6:10)
Advent begins the Christian Year, which is based on the life of Christ. Thus, every new year, we start afresh to remember Christ’s birth and “follow” him from cradle to cross, from the grave to the sky. This is however, no boring re-run. The life of Christ, now the Living One (Rev 1:18) revitalizes us, as month after month, we are immersed in the spiritual significance of Advent, Epiphany, Lent, Resurrection, Ascension and Pentecost.
~ Extracts from John Chong Ser Choon’s Advent Reflection
Date: 9-12 Dec 2021, Thu-Sun.
The retreat begins at 9am on 9 Dec, end at 1pm after lunch on 12 Dec.
Venue: Lifesprings Canossian Spirituality Centre
Fee: $550, single air-con room, including meals.
Pre-requisite: Attended a residential retreat before.
Advent Day Retreat: "As You Have Promised"
“Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace.” (Luke 2: 29)
Simeon might be one of the most in tune person with God’s salvation plan. At the national level, Simeon’s waiting for the consolation of Israel was fulfilled when he saw God’s salvation. At the personal level, God’s promise to him that he would see Lord’s Christ during his lifetime came to pass at that moment.
In this day retreat, we will stay with Simeon in his quiet, heroic story of waiting, hope and fulfilment. Let this Advent season orientate you to the posture of waiting in hope. As Simeon, this old man from the pages of scriptures waited and found his consolation in Christ, so will we.
Date: 17 Dec 2021, Friday
Fee: $100, including lunch.
Day & Residential Retreats
Our retreats are organised following the Christian Year.