The Inside Column 17/12

Posted in: The Inside Column- Dec 18, 2017 No Comments

Hi and good morning from the Vicar. If you are visiting us today we hope you feel welcomed and encouraged as you encounter God’s presence with us and hang out with our whanau. Feel free to stick around afterwards for a coffee and to get to know some of our people.

Only one week till Christmas, this morning is our Christingle Service. Before I was an Anglican I had never heard of a Christingle, and when I first saw one I thought why are we giving out fire bombs to little children?!!

The Meaning of Christingle

The story of the Christingle is that there were three children, who were very poor, but wanted to give a gift to Jesus, like the other families at church were doing. The only nice thing they had was an orange, so they decided to give him that. The top was going slightly green, so the eldest cut it out, and put a candle in the hole. They thought it looked dull, so the youngest girl took her best red ribbon from her hair and attached it round the middle with toothpicks. The middle child had the idea to put a few pieces of dried fruit on the ends of the sticks. They took it to the church for the Christmas mass, and whereas the other children sneered at their meagre gift, the priest took their gift and showed it as an example of truly understanding the meaning of Christmas.

The Christingle consists of:

  1.  an orange representing the world God created… In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. - Genesis1:1,2
  2. The red ribbon around it representing the blood of Jesus. Jesus came in to this world to pay the price for the things we do wrong, so we may know God through him.
  3. Lollies and dried fruits skewered on four cocktail sticks pushed into the orange, representing the fruits of the earth and the four seasons –     different seasons of life, the many different good things God blesses us with.
  4. A lit candle pushed into the center of the orange, representing Jesus Christ as the light of the world. This is the good news of great joy to all mankind.

Next Sunday is Christmas Eve, we will be having a 9.30am combined church service, all are welcome. Then at 11.00pm is the Christmas Eve Carol Communion service, then on Christmas day we are back for a combined 9.30am family Christmas Day communion service. I might just sleep in the office!

Christmas is a great opportunity for us to invite our friends and families to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

God bless you all this holiday session

Yours in Christ

Phil

 

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