The Inside Column 16/12

Posted in: The Inside Column- Dec 16, 2018 No Comments

Good morning and welcome to St Barnabas Stoke – if you are visiting today we hope you encounter God’s goodness and love for you as you join us in worshipping Him, please feel free to stick around afterwards for a coffee and a chat.

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 true understanding of the meanings of Christmas.

The Christingle consists of:

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.  - Genesis 1:1-2

A red ribbon around the orange represents the blood of Jesus. Jesus came into this world to pay the price for the things we do wrong, so we may know God through him and know forgiveness, truth, peace, love. Dried fruits on cocktail sticks pushed into the orange, represent the fruits of the earth and the four seasons. Different seasons of life, the many different good things God blesses us with.  A lit candle pushed into the centre of the orange, representing Jesus Christ as the light of the world. Good news of great joy to the world!

At 5.30pm this Thursday 20 December is Shine – Carols  in the Park at Isel Park Twilight Market. This is a great opportunity for us to be part of this amazing weekly market with the Christian message. It would be great to have a great turn out from St Barnabas to represent the church. Come along and grab some dinner, bring some friends and enjoy the carols.

The Church office will  close at noon on Friday 21 December and reopens at 8.00am Monday 21 January 2019.

 

Yours in Christ

 

Philip

 

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