The last Sunday of November marks the end of the church's liturgical year, and is known in some circles as 'Stir Up' Sunday.
The name comes from the ancient collect (prayer) set for the day:
Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people; that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may of thee be plenteously rewarded; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The phrase 'stir up' has been used in times past as a reminder that it was time to mix the year's Christmas pudding, but for Australian listeners there is also a tiny echo of 'stirring the possum', meaning to cause controversy and public debate.
The Church often has a duty to speak out and cause public debate on matters that governments and temporal powers may prefer were left unexamined. Matters of social justice, charity and respect. These things are important at St Mary Magdalene's, and we are blessed that we have a reminder each year to get in there and stir things up. Just a bit.