The Mystery of Love

Three girls are opening their Christmas presents.  They all have an identical sized and wrapped present from the same family friend. There are Shrieks of joy as they tear off the wrapping paper at the same time to reveal expensive hair products. Then joy quickly turns to shrieks of horror and offence as at the same time they read the labels. Continue reading

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Silent Night -Sleep in heavenly peace

“Sleep in heavenly peace”

This seems to be such quaint expression. It conjures up images of the cute little baby. Heavenly peace suggests an ‘awww moment.’ We can almost imagine the shepherds queuing up for a selfie with the baby in the manger. Continue reading

Everlasting Light

“Yet in the dark street shineth is everlasting light,

the hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.”

These are powerful words taken from the carol “O Little Town of Bethlehem.”  Why is “light” such a strong theme in our Christmas carols? Continue reading

And Ransom Captive Israel

Our second carol, like O Come all ye faithful, was originally written in Latin.   Our version of O Come O Come Immanuel dates back to 1861 when the Hymns Ancient and Modern hymnbook was produced. The original words were used as a plainchant probably going back to the 12th Century.  The earliest surviving copy of the Latin text was published in Cologne, Germany  in 1710. Continue reading

O Come Let Us Adore Him

Introduction

In the lead up to Christmas we’ve been looking at some well-known Christmas Carols and finding out what they mean in our Sunday teaching. So I thought we’d post a couple of the talks here.

The first Carol we looked at was Oh Come all ye faithful.  It was originally written in Latin as Adeste Fideles (don’t worry that’s about the only time you’ll hear any Latin in one of my sermons we didn’t get taught it at Buttershaw Comprehensive School!)  Continue reading

Pulling things together

Right at the start, we said that this would be a blog for people with messy lives. In other words, this is meant to be a practical blog helping us to think about how we live as believers. So it still may seem a little strange to think that we’ve spent so much time talking about doctrine and revelation. And yet, hopefully we’ve begun to see that this is not a mere intellectual exercise.  What we believe affects how we live and we’ve started to see some of those practical implications. Continue reading