Christmas

Read the ‘Liturgy and prayer’ specially written for us by Rev Kathy Galloway

You have four Christmas puzzles to try while you wait for the dinner to cook!

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Look at the art of the nativity – ‘The visit of the shepherds by Giotto di Bondone’ and ‘The Adoration of the Magi by Albrecht Dürer and ponder the comments and questions.

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Light the last, purple, candle and add it to your wreath.

CHRISTMAS LITURGY

To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul. 

A child is born

A child to save us

we share the news with great joy.

A child is born

A child to challenge us

we share the news with great joy

A child is born

A child for the world

we share the news with great joy

 

Luke 2, 1-7  The Birth of Jesus

In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

Reflection

So here it is, finally, the birth we have been waiting for. There will be bright angels and bewildered shepherds, there will be a star, and wise men from the east bringing rather unsuitable gifts for a baby. But for now, let’s stay with the simplicity-the woman who has given birth in a shed, the man who is giving the baby a name and a home, and the baby, tiny and vulnerable, born into a dangerous and impoverished world. Not a miracle, just a baby. One, moreover, who had to flee as a refugee from the swords of war, whose life and teaching led him into conflict, and who ended up dying violently and ignominiously. Peace didn’t break out the day he was born either!

But that is for another day. For now, we give great thanks for a child born to show us in a human life the love of God. Glory to God in the highest.

Activity

Nothing too serious today, just some fun Christmas puzzles to do as we wait for the dinner to cook!

Look at the art of the nativity – ‘The visit of the shepherds by Giotto di Bondone’ and ‘The Adoration of the Magi by Albrecht Dürer and ponder the comments and questions.

And place the fifth candle on the wreath and light all the candles.

Prayer

Shining God,

even the darkness is not dark to you.

Shine in our darkness, light of our lives.

When people walk in the grey gloom of poverty and loss,

when pain drains the colour out of life,

when neighbours are paralysed by the darkness of fear,

may your light and purpose bring hope and healing,

and the birth of a child bring joy.

To end

Christmas Day

Angels and stars, shepherds and travellers, a newborn child

An old story full of love and danger,

Laying bare the beauty of an amazing God.

The blessing of God be with us,

and with everyone we love,

and peace to the world,

Amen


The full advent pack is available here: https://wellingtonchurchglasgow.files.wordpress.com/2021/12/complete-1.pdf


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