Something Beautiful Advent Extravaganza

The Something Beautiful Podcast crew have produced a pretty cool crowd-sourced advent episode.  Listeners and regular contributers were invited to read one of the 9 Christmas Bible passages and send in Christmas wishes.  It’s turned out pretty good!  Avril and I read one and all the family read another.  I think our three boys do Read More …

Almost

This Sunday is the 4th in Advent.  We’re almost there.  The waiting is almost over… And yet the lectionary has us at Gabriel telling Mary she’s going to have a child.  It’s as though they don’t want us to get to the birth. Perhaps all this waiting is important. Perhaps we’re meant to hang around Read More …

An Unconventional Christmas?

This week’s sermon almost didn’t happen.  I was really busy and thinking about simply rehashing last week’s offering.  But as I started to rework it I deleted it and started again.  And I’m glad I did.  As usual your comments, reactions and thoughts are most welcome. This sermon was preached on 14 December, the 3rd Read More …

john the baptist

A sneaky peek at Sunday’s sermon… Because of the way we arrange the Christmas story we sometimes forget that John and Jesus are the same age.  Remember John is Jesus’ cousin.  His mother is Elizabeth who was pregnant around the same time as Mary.  When John talks about scanning the crowds he’s looking for a Read More …

Have a (RED) Christmas

Stuck for ideas for gifts?  Want to buy your loved one an iPod but feeling a little bit guilty?  Want to help make the world a better place? could be the answer.  There are a growing list of great (RED) products available.  You buy the (RED) product and money goes to AIDS work in Africa.  Read More …

The Work of Christmas Begins

When The Song of Angels Is Stilled –  Howard Thurman When the song of the angels is stilled, When the star in the sky is gone, When the kings and the princes are home, When the shepherds are back with their flocks, The work of Christmas begins: To find the lost, To heal the broken, Read More …