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Crib Service poem

For this evening’s Crib Services (1,000 people across 2 services) I wrote a poem with responses for everyone to join in with.  I looked up rhymes for “amazing” and 4 of the suggestions were “grazing”, “stargazing”, “praising” and “self-raising”, after that the poem pretty much wrote itself!

Responses:

Mary – “Mamma-mia!” (Women)

Joseph – “Knock knock” (Men)

Jesus/baby – “shh…” (Children)

Angel – “hallelujah!” (balcony + choir)

Shepherds – “come-bye” (Left hand side)

Wise men – “wow!” (right hand side)

I want You – “who, me?” (Everyone)

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Part 1. Journey to Bethlehem

A long time ago an ordinary girl called Mary (Mamma Mia!) was asleep

when God sent an angel (hallelujah) to wake her with a message that nearly made her weep:

He said I want you (who, me?)

Yes you to follow me

I’m going to do something amazing

I want you (who, me?)

Yes you for you see

that bun in your oven is self-raising!

Mary (Mamma Mia) woke Joseph (knock knock) who’d heard the same thing so, with a yawn,

They headed to Bethlehem where, in a crowded room, Jesus (shhh…) “God with us” was born.

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Part 2. Shepherds and angels

Later that night some shepherds (come bye) were out on the hills with their sheep

when God sent some angels (hallelujah!) with a message that woke them right up from their sleep:

They said I want you (who, me?)

Yes you to follow me

In Bethlehem there’s something amazing

I want you (who, me?)

Yes you, come and see:

God is with us! leave your sheep to their grazing.

So the Shepherds (come bye) went down into town and found Mary (Mamma Mia) and Joe (knock knock)

Then when they saw the Lord Jesus (shh…) fast asleep they praised God before heading back home.

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Part 3. Wise Men
A long way away some wise men (wow!) watched the skies in a far off land

So God sent a comet to blaze night and day. A message that they could understand:

It said I want you (who, me?)

Yes you to follow me

over there there’s something amazing

I want you (who, me?)

Yes you, and you’ll see

the king prophesied by your stargazing

So the wise men (wow!) packed and got on their way, and found the baby (shh…) who was also a kkin

Gave Mary (Mamma Mia) and Joseph (knock knock) the gifts they’d remembered to bring!

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Part 4. Talk

In this church, in this town, on this Christmas Eve God is speaking to his people again

through Mary (Mamma Mia) and Joseph (knock knock) and Jesus (shh…) and Shepherds (come bye) and Wise men (wow!)

God says I want you (who, me?)

Yes you to follow me

This Christmas do something amazing

I want you (who, me?)

Yes you come and be

like the angels (hallelujah!) with your whole life God praising.

So in this season of peace and goodwill there’s a choice that each one of us here ought to ponder

God is not just for Christmas, he’s for our whole lives. God is with us, are you with him, I wonder?

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Megan’s story

Here is something I produced for our Christingle service this year – based on this from the Children’s Society: Megan’s Story (PDF)

Thanks to Lynn, Charlotte and the children from the junior school for their voices!

Merry Christmas!

christmas card

Apologies for the lack of posting recently, having a baby and moving house rather put an end to that for a while!  Hopefully normal (or at least occasional) service will be resumed in the new year.

Rich

 

Christingle song

Not being a fan of some of the Christingle songs that are available I decided to write my own this year!

To the tune of ‘While Shepherds Watch Their Flocks By Night’
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While shepherds watch and angels sing
And wise men journey on
Each part of our Christingle tells
A tale of what God’s done
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He made the world and it was good
He crafted it with care
This orange globe reminds us of
The world that we all share
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And wrapped around the world he made
This ribbon is a sign
That God’s great love for all of us
Surrounds us all the time
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From north, south, east and west
In summer, winter, autumn, spring
These sweets remind us that God fills
The world with all good things
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And into this world that he made
Our God himself was born
To be a light to all the world
On that first Christmas morn
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22/12/11

Advent Candle poem 5 – Christmas day!

Through Advent I will be performing a series of poems at Church as we light the candles on our advent crown.

Here are the lyrics for the final one on Christmas day:

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Sometimes it felt like this day would never come

Like the waiting would be too much to bear

As we counted the hours, the days, the weeks

And whispered our hopeful prayers

 

As these candle flames burst into life one by one

They served to constantly remind us

In the midst of our waiting God’s promise holds true

For he promised to come down and find us

 

Now the day has arrived we remember again

How he came without fanfare or distinction

In the midst of our dark, dirty world came a child

To bring light to the whole of creation

 

So today, as we celebrate the source of all joy

We must start to look forward again

For Christ who came to us is coming once more

To restore all creation to His rule and reign

 

 

Christmas day prayers

Here is the idea I used for the prayers in our Christmas day service this year.

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* setup: give everyone a small square of wrapping paper as they come in to Church.

1) look at the patterned side of the paper, think of the excitement of recieving presents.  Christmas is a time of great excitement and joy.

Thank God for the good gifts he gives us.

2) Now look at the blank side, this is not so exciting.  Some people will not enjoy this Christmas, maybe they’ve lost a loved one, had a bad year or are unwell.

Pray for people who will not enjoy this Christmas

3) Now screw the paper into a ball as we pray for the world.  People are celebrating Christmas around the world, some, like us, with abundance, some with very little.

Pray for Christians around the world as they celebrate the birth of Jesus.

Christmas sketch – ‘Identity Crisis’

This is a sketch I wrote for our Christmas morning service this year.  Each year the staff team and the Church wardens perform a sketch on Christmas day, it was filmed so I’ll try and upload a video at some point!

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Identity Crisis

Setting: Mark dressed in white centre stage, everyone else dressed in black, Chairs along back of stage with costumes laid out. As each character is mentioned quickly dress Mark as the character.

Once upon a time there was a young girl called Mary

Blue headscarf

She was engaged to an old man named Joseph

Fake beard and walking sticktotter around

One day they had a surprise visitor

Big wings, tinsel halostand tall with arms stretched out

Who are you?” said Mary

Blue headscarfecho “Who are you”

I am an Angel sent from God to tell you are going to have a special baby, the son of God”

Keep angel costumeEcho ‘I am an angel…’

Mary said “but how could that happen?”

Blue headscarfecho ‘but how could that happen?’

The Angel replied “with God anything is possible!”

Big wings, tinsel haloecho ‘with God anything is possible!’

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Joseph had to go to Bethlehem for the census, it was a very long journey

Fake beard, walking stick, maptotter around looking puzzled

Mary was heavily pregnant but it was very busy in Bethlehem

Blue headscarf, pillow up jumperlook around, worried

They found a friendly looking innkeeper, “Who are you?” he said?

Apron, teatowel echo “who are you?”

We are Mary and Joseph” said Mary and Joseph, “We are expecting a special baby, the son of God”

Blue headscarf, fake beard, pillow, walking stickecho “we are Mary and Joseph…”

Fair enough”, said the innkeeper, “you’ll have to stay out the back, there’s no room in here”

Apron, teatowelecho “fair enough…”

When the baby was born they had to put him in a manger

Blue headscarf, Hand Mary the baby Put baby in the manger

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Meanwhile, in a nearby field, some shepherds were looking after their sheep

Teatowel, shepherds crook, toy sheeppush sheep around with crook

Suddenly an angel appeared

Big wings, tinsel halostand tall with arms stretched out

Who are you?” said the shepherds

Teatowel, shepherds crook echo “who are you?”

I am an angel, sent from God to tell you about a special baby, the son of God” replied the angel

Big wings, tinsel haloecho “I am an angel…”

Suddenly the sky was filled with hundreds of angels all singing God’s praises

Everyone look puzzled then all grab tinsel halos and put them on!

When the angels had gone the shepherds went in to Bethlehem to see the new baby, the son of God

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Meanwhile, a long way away, some wise men were stargazing

crown, binocularslook around with binoculars

They saw a new star in the sky, “who are you?” they said, puzzled

crown, binocularsecho “who are you?”

I am a new star” said the star, “I’ve come to lead you to a special baby, the son of God”

Starecho “I am a new star…”

How about that, a talking star!” said the wise men, “we’d better follow it and see this special baby, the son of God”

Crown, binocularsecho “how about that…”

So they set off on their way to Bethlehem (although they didn’t know that that was where they were going!)

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Back in the stable, Mary had just got baby Jesus off to sleep when some visitors arrived. (Fortunately we all know from the song that baby Jesus never cried so it was OK!)

Blue headscarf rock baby Jesus

Who are you?” said Mary

Blue headscarf echo “who are you?”

We are shepherds” said the shepherds, “We have come to see the special baby, the son of God”

Teatowels, shepherds crookecho “we are shepherds…”

Just as the shepherds were getting comfy there was another knock at the door.

Who are you?” said Joseph

Fake beard, walking stickecho “Who are you?”

We are wise men” said the wise men, “We have come to see the special baby, the Son of God”

Crowns, binoculars echo “we are wise men…”

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When all the visitors had gone, Mary thought about all that had happened. As she gazed in amazement at the tiny baby in her arms she wondered “who are you?”

Blue headscarf, babyGaze at the baby, say “who are you?”