Prayer of the Week for the Week Beginning 20th December 2015
Ah, dearest Jesus, holy Child,
Make thee a bed, soft, undefiled,
Within my heart, that it may be
A quiet chamber kept for Thee.
My heart for very joy doth leap,
My lips no more can silence keep,
I too must sing, with joyful tongue,
That sweetest ancient song,
Glory to God in highest heaven,
Who unto man His Son hath given
While angels sing with pious mirth.
A glad new year to all the earth!
“A Shining Light” (Matthew 2:1-12)
Scripture: Matthew 2:9-10 ESV
9 After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.
In the cartoons, a sudden idea is often represented by the appearance overhead of a lit light bulb. Shining lights make us think of being dazzled, taken by surprise, found out. Perhaps we think of the dazzling light of Saul’s conversion. Whatever the connotation, the shining light can not be ignored.
The Christmas Christingle Service was a very happy and joyous event and took the form of a free and easy celebration of Christmas rather than a traditional Service. The Church was very full with a large number of children present. The Children made their own Christingles. Continue reading
As we cannot fail to get caught up in the relentless commercialism, the tired pop songs and the inexhaustible but exhausting round of indulgent parties, we sometimes feel inclined to offer at least a show of resistance by saying ‘Let’s Keep Christ In Christmas’.