Already started to thrash out an idea based upon Advent Waiting centred around Listen – Remember – Hope – Worship (our 4 candles this year). Also, just written the nativity (Christ Watch) with Ken. Providing we can fill the parts we’re on to a winner. Ding dong merrily on high!
Here’s a note for the Christmas newsletter…
At the start of 2009 the atheist bus adverts proclaiming that: ‘There’s probably no God’ appeared. I think for atheists the adverts backfired, by putting God on the public agenda and provoking people to ask if He is there. And now, at the end of the year, as we approach the festive season, marking off each day on the calendar leading up to Christmas, God should be on everyone’s agenda – but sadly, as our nation slips further into secularism, He isn’t. Recent research by Theos reveals that only 12% of adults know the facts of the Christmas story in any detail – the figure dropping to just 7% amongst 18‐24 year olds. Sadly the One who started this whole Christmas thing is lost among the tinsel, mince-pies, turkey and price tags! It’s become more about late night shopping, than sharing, more about gaudy decorations than Godly devotion.
At this time of Advent, when the real meaning of Christmas is often lost Christians must keep Christmas focused on Jesus Christ by proclaiming His story. Christmas is His festival. His birth, the angels, the shepherds and the adoration of the Magi are part of the celebration – but also is His life, and His ultimate sacrifice for all mankind for He is our Lord and Saviour. It is simple, we don’t need to make it complicated. God is so close to us, because He was born as one of us. There may not be a star shining in the sky, but the signs are there for all to see. Those in darkness need to be brought into the Christ-Light. We need to bring Him close to our friends and families who need His peace and comfort to shine in their stressful, hurting lives. We need to show them that we don’t take this precious season and valuable time for granted, because it’s an amazing HIS-tory we celebrate!
Discover, or maybe even re-discover what was really going on in that Bethlehem stable. Emmanuel – God is indeed with us!
I look forward to seeing all of you and your families during one of the many services we will have at TWURC in the coming weeks.
Wishing you a joyful, Christ-centred Christmas.
Love in His name and service.
"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favour rests.” Luke 2:14 (NIV)