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Advent and Christmas 2

Start by watching and listening to this Christmas carol from Russia.  The images are icons, religious paintings.

 

 

There are lots of ways to tell the good news of Christmas but carols are popular.  Which is your favourite carol?

 

Have a go at this short quiz. Which carols do these lines come from? (I’m not sure if suggesting this is a good idea but you may find trying to sing the lines helps)


 

 

So, who is the ‘good news’ of Christmas aimed at? Firstly, at everybody.  The angel announced,

 

Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is the Messiah, the Lord.

Luke 2

 

Although Jesus was born a Jew in Israel, his way of love, peace and joy is for everyone and anyone wherever they are.  Secondly, it’s good news for those who are suffering.  Jesus is ‘Emmanuel’ (God with us) and so even if Christmas is a lonely, unhappy or violent one, then the God of comfort is alongside humans in each and every situation.

Most of us can spread the good news of Christmas, of the generosity of God by being generous ourselves.  This may involve money, thanks to all who have supported our and other Christmas charities, but for most of us it will involve loving our neighbour.  Try to include not exclude people during the next fortnight, try to keep up the thankfulness and look out for situations which you can improve by simply lending a hand or an ear.

I also like to have little reminders.  How about this as a tip? Use Christmas Cards as Prayer Reminders As Christmas cards arrive during December, place them in a basket in a noticeable area. Once a day, pull out one card and pray for that person or family either on your own or with your family.  If you receive greetings on social media rather than on cards, pray for that person before you delete/move on.

Here’s a gospel song that tells of the good news that should be shared:

 



Optional extra: Here’s Send A Cow’s Christmas video.  Which moo-vies are they spoofing?