Service - Welcome to Advent
Words - Return
Birth of Hope
Birthday Little Baby God - Christmas Morning
denotes communion will be held as part
of the worship service
for 12:00 noon
- Christmas Dinner
to 14th inmclusive
- Christmas Dinner
are two events in the Village for the lead-up
Friday 15th at 5pm we will be singing
carols as we walk through the village - from
the Green to the Pub. Why not come and join
us for a pleasant event walk and sing?
23rd we will meet in Church Road for Readings
and Carols at 6pm, followed by mince oies and
mulled wine in the Village Hall.
Please Pray for The Persecuted Church
Doors have once more published their World Watch
List, naming the 50 countries where the persecution
of the Christians is the fiercest. Again, the
list is headed by North Korea, followed by Somalia
and Afghanistan. Among the usual countries (such
as Syria and Iraq) there are some unexpected
ones, including Nigeria (12), and Kenya (18)
- countries where the church has a strong presence,
but where Islamic extremist have been active.
We thank God for our freedom of worship and
witness, and need to continue to pray for our
sisters and brothers who do not have such freedom.
For more information, search for the Open Doors
World Watch List, where country profiles of
all the countries on the list can be found.
is the King of the Evergreens and at it's
splendid best right now, ready for all
your Christmas wreaths etc.
Beds and borders look a bit barren, but
given the weather all sorts of plants
may be rearing their delightful heads
Winter vegetables are doing well and should
be ready for a real Christmas Feast.
Clean and tidy up the greenhouse if you
have a free moment during this busy time
of year Enjoy the festive season and all
God's gifts around us.
Christmas is fast approaching, and the seasonal
activities are getting into full swing.
Annual round robins are being written, and
the (e)mailing list revised. Travel plans
are being made, as families juggle time
and distance to make sure they have covered
everyone in the journey. Christmas trees
are being purchased or dusted off, and presents
packed to put around them. And the bank
balance once more takes it annual hit.
And the churches are no less caught up in
the frantic activity - as the Nativity costumes
are dusted off, the crib scene recovered
from the cupboard, and services of carols
and reading planned to celebrate the birth
of Christ. After all, it is the perfect
time to remind the world of the hope we
celebrate at the darkest time of the year,
and many who do not usually worship with
us come to tell the familiar story and sing
the familiar words. Yet in the midst of
all the activity, something of the meaning
can get lost. As money is lavished on food
and gifts, it is easy to forget the small
family at the centre of it all, tired from
travelling to satisfy the bureaucratic demands
of the Empire. As the carols are sung with
gusto, it is hard to understand the fear
of the officials, and the lengths to which
they went to hold onto power. As we focus
on the children, and remember our childhood,
it is uncomfortable to think of a family
on the run. But as we look around the world,
it is all still there to see.
At the darkest time of the year, we celebrate
the One who came to be the Light of the
World. And as the world so often seems dark
around us, we rejoice that the Light has
never been extinguished. And so we come
with joy to celebrate Christmas once more.
Not doing so as an escape from what we see
around us, but as a declaration of hope
that things can change, and that life can
be good. For God still loves the world so
much that he sends his Son to come to each
one who will declare that he is Lord, and
to remind us that no other lord can offer
life so abundant.
So whatever you are planning as this year
draws to its close, have a happy Christmas,
and a peaceful and blessed New Year -
For to us a child is born, to us a son
is given, and the government shall be upon
And he will be called
Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.