A little bit of history…
With thanks to playfire.com
I love Christmas. Really I do. I love warm mulled wine, the taste of warm spicy apple, Christmas decorations, good will to all men – and all that. I love the fact that the combination of Christmas and New Years is a ready made excuse to catch up with friends and family. I’ve not even mentioned The Doctor Who Christmas special…
Also. Even with its bag full of faults, I also love the Church. A group of people trying to live like Christ? When it goes well, it’s one of the most beautiful things to be part of.
So. Why do I get particularly bored of Church at Christmas? I don’t mean the church I go along to, I mean the whole lot. When I say “the whole lot”, I mean the the carol services, the readings, the carol services, nativities, and more Carol services.
I just can’t help but find approx 6 services with the same readings and same old tunes a tad on the predictable side.
I’ve not even got started on “Away in a Manger” or the lyrical contents of other Christmas Carol tunes… Thinking about it, are there any Christmas worship tunes?
What advice do I have for anyone else who may also feel the grumps about Christmas? Simply put. Find a way to engage with the Nativity. Be it by watching the latest high budget non glossy production on TV, following either someone like @natwivity or @sofachristmas, following a reading plan on YouVersion, or simply just read it for yourself in the Bible. Let’s face it, we all ‘know’ the story but how much could there be that we’ve missed? Or forgotten? After all they say it’s the greatest story ever told and when we really ‘get it’ it probably is…
Engage with it the way you can, then get back to church. Because even through it feels predictable, that can be what people are looking for at this time of year.
Over to you.
- What do you think of the Church at Christmas? Is it predictable or special?
- Do you also have an attack of the “Bah Humbugs” during particular Christmas Carols?
What is the Salvation Challenge Board Game?
Well according to Amazon:
Each player has one million in kingdom cash. The players get saved by landing on Calvary and making the salvation call, “Jesus save me.” After getting saved the players enter a race to see who can be the first to give all of their cash to missionaries to further advance God’s Kingdom. The winner of the game is the first player to get saved and then give all of their cash to missions.
Sounds complicated? Maybe?
Sound fun to you?
(h/t Christian Nightmares )
Its the first weekend of December. Is it Christmas yet?
Anyway… getting on with it:
- A Church in Kenturky has banned interracial marriage. Just so we’re clear… its not biblical, not nice, can they actually legally do something like that?
- Thinking Mission looks at being exhausted by sorrow.
- Dave Walker presents ‘Going to university‘
- Vicky Beeching asks if technology is a self-medicating drug for a lonely generation?
- The BigBible presents a list of online Advent projects – personally we’re fans of a certain photoblog…
- … and finally the 27 worst nativity sets…
Time and place..?
Recently we decided to redo our kitchen, we did it in several stages, first we did the cabinets and changed the doors and the floor…the things that make a big difference very quickly. When we moved into the house we had some lovely disgusting tiles in the kitchen that until recently have still been there. A couple of weeks ago I ripped them off the wall…that was fun!
But what I found behind was some plaster that was fantastic and in brilliant condition, some plaster that had crumbled away and some walls that didn’t even have any plaster on them in the first place. So today I got to try my hand at plastering, I redid the bits that were crumbling and put some onto the wall that had never had any. And no, I’m afraid it doesn’t look quite as good as what that man is doing 🙁
Maybe this should be our 404 page?
With thanks to innocentenglish.com