CHRISTMAS PRAYER BY CHRISTINE COLTMAN

This post by kathylarkman was originally published at GRACE PLACE

Lord God we thank you for this night, a chance to worship you and reflect on your goodness with our sisters that we long to be with in person but are glad to be gathered with in this way. As we have just sing, we thank you that our Saviour reigns.

Thank you for carrying us faithfully through this strange year and for the chance to end this year with our eyes fixed on you and your glorious plan of salvation in Jesus. Things may feel stripped back this year but they are no more stripped back than your simple birth in a stable. May we use this quieter, barer Christmas to focus on what really matters – you.

Thank you Jesus for emptying yourself, laying aside your divine privileges and entering our world as a human to die our death on the cross. This really is joy to the world. You are the perfect expression of God’s faithfulness and love to us. 

So wherever we are this Christmas; whoever we spend it with – or don’t get to spend it with – help us to remember how loved we are by you. We cannot doubt your love for a moment because you sent physical evidence of it into our world in Jesus. And therefore we can trust the wonderful truth that we are reconciled with you and we will be with you forever when we hail you are our King.

May our hearts make room for you this Christmas. More room than ever before. Because the glorious truth is that you are for life, not just for Christmas. You are our Saviour for always. 

Thank you Lord Jesus.

Amen

Christmas Bake-Off entries

Christmas in dark places

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Contrary to Glen Scrivener’s early Christmases under bright southern sun, the Bible talks about inherent darkness for God’s people when introducing Christmas themes. Into these common-place darknesses, a bright light entered in and has continued to grow daily.

Daily message – 20 Dec 2020

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Five days to Christmas! Today in our online advent calendar we see that faith isn’t as blind as we might think. Luke encourages the shepherds and us to think carefully about the evidence God presents, and then commit to Christ Jesus on that solid basis…

β€” Advent 2020 with πŸ’– from Church on the Green

Notices for 20 Dec 2020

This Sunday – special events

  • Church on the Screen: A DIY Nativity in uniquely 2020 style – new video skills, same old costumes! Details at https://www.churchonthegreen.online/event/10am-sunday-service-online/
  • This Sunday @10 we are telling the nativity story through the medium of Zoom: It’s going to be a great opportunity to gather together as a church and remember how our saviour came to earth to redeem us. We’d love to see everyone there. Here’s some details you need to know:
    • Dressing up as nativity characters, or at least in some kind of Christmassy way, is highly encouraged!
    • Please join the Zoom call promptly at 10am (details on WhatsApp or contact Matt G, Tim S). The nativity itself will be somewhere between 15-20 minutes, and we can hang around after for chat.
    • Bring your own coffee and mince pies.
  • Carol Service @10am: Recorded live and in-person on Wednesday 16th in Priory Street. On the CBC YouTube channel.

We hope to return to weekly Sunday and Wednesday, in person, services from 10th and 13th Jan respectively.

CBC Nativity trail – THIS SATURDAY…

…around Corsham High Street and surrounding homes. Come wearing your favourite nativity costume:

Who: Everyone from CBC and the community. 
What: Trail around Corsham High street, Priory street and adjoining roads. Look out for words in households windows which will match a sticker they place on their clue sheet.
When: Saturday 19th December 2020 4.00pm – 7.00pm Pack collection at the church on Monday and Thursday after school and on the Saturday from 3.00pm. 

Carols, Carols, Carols

Steve and Ruth

are finishing their service in Tanzania, here’s their final blog: https://corshambaptists.org/mission-and-ministries/overseas-mission/never-say-never/

Activities for children of all ages

… let Rhiannon and Rob help you get Christmas in focus with Advent videos. Also:

  • Christ Centred Christmas Bake off – Tuesday 22nd December: Start preparing now for the first CBC Bake off!!  Please confirm entry and get details here: Baking – Corsham Baptist Church. We need Judges!! (Help out, email Cathy D). Prizes to be won for the bake!!
  • A new Junior Church resource page has been created to pull all these things together. If you have an activity your little ones (pre-school and key-stage 1) have loved and that helps them love Jesus then share it with one of the Junior Church teachers and you can be a published artist, author, baker or musician! If it goes well we hope to start a new theme in the New Year.

So let’s get festive and celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ who remains sovereign. May these seasons be marked, not by being miserable but how we shine and continue to uphold the Lord our God.

Christmas Holiday Club

You might be thinking,”What am I going to do with the children in the run up to Christmas?” Well, I have the answer: Join me for a three day holiday club starting on Monday December 21 through to Wednesday December 23, starting at 10am each morning.  This will be an online holiday club so if you are otherwise engaged at 10am you can watch the club at your convenience as it will be available on CBC Junior Church YouTube channel for the foreseeable. There’ll be singing, crafts, Bible stories, fun, games, general silliness and of course the fire drill!!!

You can pick up an activity pack from the church gates on Monday 14th December, Thursday 17th December or Saturday 19th December between 3pm and 4.30pm. All you need to provide is an orange for day 3.

β€” Rhiannon

Coming up…

Corsham Town Carols

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This year will be different in yet another way. Rather than gathering in town the local churches have come together to bring you a service of readings and carols for you to enjoy (and join in with) from home.

The broadcast will β€˜premiere’ on YouTube

at 6pm on Tuesday 22nd December

(and will be available to catchup later)