Nearly there! Done the shopping; sent the presents; about to put up the decorations… Will there be enough food and drink? Will everything be looking bright and shiny? Will we be warm enough? Will everyone be able to join in the fun? Have we forgotten anything important? Should we make our celebrations mean more than plenty to eat and drink – followed by time in from of the television? Why not attend one of the many carol services throughout the land, singing the old favourites in company with our neighbours and friends. See the Christ-child being laid in the crib. You can hear O Come all ye Faithful, and watch the blessing of the crib and the preparation of the high altar at Westminster Abbey at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1wHyMR_SCA .
At St George’s on Christmas Eve we invite families with children under the age of nine to our Christingle Service at 3pm and everyone to our main carol service at 6 pm; and, of course, there is the church’s great Christmas morning service at 9.30am, a real treat. The website gives all the details! And we honour the Incarnation – the birth of Jesus amazing in its simplicity – God made Man! Why not join us?
The Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)
A short prayer for Christmas:
Almighty God, your incarnate Word fills us with the new light he brought to men. Let the light of faith in our hearts shine through all that we do and say, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.