Bible Readings: Isaiah 62:6-12, Psalm 98, Titus 3:4-7, Luke 2:1-20
About the Images:
Upper Left: I took this photo at Megiddo (Armageddon) in Israel (more information can be found at http://www.ancientsandals.com/overviews/megiddo.htm) It is a stone manger similar to the one Mary and Joseph probably placed Jesus in. Interestingly and significantly, when I got the photo home and out of the camera, I noticed the shadow of the cross. Please feel free to use this image for worship and related activities.
Upper Right: This is clip art on to which I added the text.
Lower Left: Here in Australia we sing a Carol called The North Wind is tossing the leaves. North wind days are days when fires are most common and most dangerous. This is an image of a north wind bringing a bush fire.
Lower Right: This image comes from the awesome Church Galleries website which was decimated by hackers last year. At present it is possible to buy these images for a mere US10 cents an image however this particular one is free on the site this week. Subscribe while this special price is being offered. Visit the website at www.churchgalleries.com.
Prayer of Confession
From Keith Watkins (Ed.) in Imaging the Word Volume 1 by Kenneth T. Lawrence, Jann Cather Weaver and Roger Wedell (Eds.), United Church Press, 1994, ISBN 0829809716, page 97. (pictured at left)
Kid's Story: A Night the Stars Danced For Joy
By Bob Hartman and Tim Jonke, Lion Publishing, 1993, ISBN 074593899X (pictured at right).
This is a great little set of film clips that are just a delight to watch and really engage children because they mix the modern and the ancient together in a rather quirky way. Go to www.paperlesschristmas.org.uk to download the free clips.
Film Clip: O Little Town of Bethlehem
This is excellent!!!
Film Clip: The Boy
from the Hungarian Reformed church
The boy from reformatusponthu on Vimeo.
Drama: Christmas Play
By Alix Brown in Hay and Stardust by Ruth Burgess, Wild Goose Publications, 2005, ISBN 1905010001, page 144 (pictured at left). This is a real light-hearted look at the Christmas story and is lots of fun for child and adult alike. Use it as an introduction to Luke 2, to take a fresh look at one of the best known Bible readings in the world - a reading we all often take for granted.
Story: Yates Pool
Found in Illustrations, Stories and Quotes by Jim Burns and Greg Mckinnon (eds.), Gospel Light, 1997, ISBN 0830718834, page 65. (pictured at right)
Poem: The Ride to Bethlehem
Found in Outback Christmas by Pro hart and Norman Habel, Lutheran Publishing House, 1990, ISBN 0859105628, page 20, (pictured at left).
Quote: William H. Willimon
Jesus was the hope of the world but not the hope the world was expecting.
Read When the Song of the Angels is Stilled by Howard Thurman from a Fellowship of Reconciliation Christmas Card. I put up some images to correlate with the words and played Reveil from The Best of Cirque de Soleil album as backing music (pictured at left).
Response Activity: How Far Is It?
Found in Cloth For the Cradle by the Wild Goose Worship Group, Wild Goose Publications, 1997, ISBN 1901557014, page 64 (pictured at left).
Response Activity: Registering Hope
Found in Cloth from the Cradle (as above), page 65
Many people attend church at Christmas even though they are not regular attenders. Take the opportunity to give visitors a small encouragement card with a few bible readings which give people a bit of an idea about the rest of Jesus' story.
Meditation: Quiet Remembering
Found in Meditations from the Iona Community by Ian Reid, Wild Goose Publications, Trowbridge, 1998, ISBN 1901557022, page 16.