The Inside Column 23/12

Posted in: The Inside Column- Dec 23, 2012 No Comments

Good morning and a very warm welcome to our Christingle Service. If you are visiting us this morning we invite you to stay after the service for a tea or coffee and Christmas cake.

Well what a busy week it has been for me. Why do things always get flat out as Christmas gets closer?

On Monday we had a working bee at the vicarage with a great team of people doing an amazing job of cleaning up the grounds. It is remarkable what a team of people can achieve when we all working together. Also a big thank you to the ladies that brought the morning tea, it  really hit the spot.

Tuesday night was Shine – or should I say Rain! – Not that it stopped us having a great night after we moved into the church. John Phillips and his brilliant team started the night of with a bang with some great children’s songs, and then we had the carols led by the Nelson Social Brass Band. There was sausages for all and a lolly scramble to finish off the evening. The real highlight to me was that there was a lot of non-church people here and we were able to share God’s word and a short talk on what Christmas really means. We might never see what God will do in these people’s lives, but we pray that some seeds where planted and through the power of the Holy Spirit they will grow.

 

Today we celebrate Christmas in a different way as we hand out the Christingles. “What is a Christingle?” you may ask. The Christingle consists of:

  • an orange representing the world; God created the world,
  • a red ribbon around it representing the blood of Jesus. He came in to this world to pay the price for the things we do wrong, so we may know God through him. Jesus coming in to this world, his death on the cross and his resurrection, changed history for ever.
  • Dried fruits on cocktail sticks pushed into the orange, representing the four seasons and the fruits of the earth
  • The lit candle pushed into the centre of the orange, representing Jesus Christ as the light of the world  bringing good news and great joy to the world.

 

May God bless you all this Christmas

 

Yours in Christ

Philip

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