Advent Sunrises

03/12/20
The Gift

'Thank God for his Son—his Gift too wonderful for words.'

2 Corinthians 9:15 

 

Quite a few years ago now, I was given a gift! I carefully opened the paper to reveal a strange looking object. I had absolutely no idea at all what it was! I was lost for words....and it was all very awkward!

 

Paul who wrote the verse above had once hated Christians and made it his mission to kill them. Then he met Jesus and changed. His transformation was so incredible, so miraculous, words simply weren’t enough to describe how thankful he was. 

 

I hope, when you get to open your presents you recognise what the gift is and can find great words to say. And I pray that the real gift of Christmas will render you speechless, just like He did, Paul. 

The following piece of music has no words. Speechless! It is truly beautiful. As you listen to it, maybe spend a moment being thankful for all the gifts you’ve been blessed with.

Yiruma, (이루마) - River Flows in You - YouTube

 
01/12/20
'Who Would Imagine a King?'

Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.

James 1:17 

 

Welcome to December! As we think about and prepare for, Christmas, let’s just take a moment to be thankful for all that we have been blessed with. From the stars in the sky, to our friends and family, and for the greatest gift of all....’Who Would Imagine a King?’

Who Would Imagine A King - (From "The Preacher's Wife") - YouTube

02/12/20

'Mary Did You Know?'

“Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favour with God! You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus.

Luke 1:30-31 

 

Mary was just a young teenager when this happened to her. Such an incredible honour for her, and yet it led to her experiencing judgement, shunning and cruelty.

 

Let’s be mindful of how we view others. May our thoughts, words and actions be kind and without malice. We have no idea what people are experiencing.

 

Below is a link to the song, ‘Mary, Did You Know?’ A song very familiar to our gospel choir. Here performed by Mark Lowry who also wrote it. 

 

 

Mark Lowry - Mary, Did You Know? [Live] - YouTube

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