Reporting – December 2018
For me part of the joy of Advent and Christmas is singing the carols. Some are as old as the hills, known off by heart while others are fresh and contemporary and on their way to becoming firm favourites.
The church year begins with Advent. Each year we focus on a different gospel for our devotional readings. This is the year of Luke. If the way Luke tells his opening stories is any indication then I feel sure that he was a man who enjoyed music and singing. He includes four songs of faith in the first two chapters:
Mary’s song, the Magnificat Luke 1:46-55;
Zechariah’s song, the Benedictus, Luke 1:68-79
The Angel’s song, Gloria in Excelsis, Luke 2:14
Simeon’s song, Nunc Dimittis Luke 2:29-32
As we travel through Advent in addition to singing our way towards Christmas let us read the opening chapters of Luke’s gospel. Take time to think and pray about the words of the songs. What causes Mary, Zechariah, the Angels and Simeon to burst into song? What do their songs tell us about the character of God? What do they say of the purpose and ministry of Jesus? What do they say about our human condition – our strengths, weaknesses, hopes and fears?
Thank you to everyone who worked with Maureen Beckett in preparing for and running this year’s Christmas Bazaar. It was a wonderful and happy occasion. Thank you too, in anticipation of the event to Bobbi Sands and team for organising the Narnia evening for the children and to Gillian Ledgard, Penny Brain, Shirley Dumper and Joan Taylor and teams for hosting the visits from local schools and arranging the ‘Welcome to Christmas in Narnia’ day.