‘Living the life of the Spirit filled with Goodness’
Welcome to Sunday morning worship. Which of these rituals do you follow? Do you use a stocking or a sack/pillowcase to put your presents in? I grew up with the stocking and as children we all loved to guess what they were, as they were usually the same, as we opened them. There was only one rule, keep in your room until mum had left for early morning Christmas Day communion.
When we had children we used sacks instead and we would together bright and early, and I do mean early, join in the time of sharing in the joys of opening presents. It was a joyful time because we loved to see their faces as they opened the mix of ‘proper’ and ‘silly’ presents; ‘proper’ presents were ones they’d asked for and ‘silly’ presents were ones that were part of the ritual of the day.
My guess is, is that you know the story of why we leave gifts like this, but if not then you’d better look it up as this is what I’ll be asking on Sunday.
Please take this time to worship and to be encouraged together. You can find the service on our YouTube Channel using the link below. (available from 8 am on Sunday 29nd November) The sermon notes are at the bottom of the page.
Welcome – Ritual of Christmas Stocking or Sacks?
Songs ‘Praise is Rising’ and ‘The Greatest day in history’
Reading Romans 8 : 18 – 30
Song ‘Thine be the glory’
Prayers of Thanksgiving
Prayers of Intercession
Song ’In Christ alone’
Blessing: ‘May the Lord find you alert to his coming, open to his presence and aware of his love