Newsletter Reflection for Sunday 25th December 2011
Advent Candle Liturgy:
Christmas – 1 kid, 1 young adult, 1 adult, 1 older adult.
Kid: It's Christmas! We hoped and hoped and now it's here.
Young Adult: Today, we put our trust in God to bring peace to a troubled world, and troubled people.
Adult: Today, we celebrate with joy the good news that in Jesus, God is right here in this world with us.
Older Adult: Today, we celebrate the love God has shown for us.
All: Thank God, it's Christmas!
Light all five candles.
At the start of Advent we put a banner outside the church that said “Happy Birthday Jesus”.
Over the past week, many of us have been preparing for parties or get-togethers with family and friends to celebrate today. Just like any other birthday party, we celebrate with food and cake, with family and friends.
When we celebrate birthdays, we sometimes tell stories (especially at significant birthdays, like 21st birthdays.) We talk about things that have happened in the birthday person's life – things that are typical of them, or have been memorable to others. We talk about things that made us laugh, or even that made us cry.
When we celebrate Jesus' birthday today, I wonder what memories of our time with him we might have?
When did you first meet Jesus? What is the most memorable thing he has done for or with you? What has made you smile? What has made you cry?
I wish you all a wonderful Christmas, and a great year ahead. May you know the peace of Jesus with you.
Grace and Peace