I love love love Christmas – especially in church! I love being able to come together with our tribe to celebrate the birth of Christ. But I also love how we get the opportunity to share that celebration with others who wouldn’t normally come to church.
Last Sunday evening we hosted our annual HOW “Christmas Worship Night” and it was so lovely sharing the experience with family and friends. There was so much love in one room!
It’s a busy time of year but the first thing in the calendar in our house will always be the church celebrations – everything else has to fit in around that.
This Sunday morning it’s all about the kids – they’ll be teaching us a thing or two about the stories behind the Worship of Christmas. I have so many awesome memories of Evie singing and dancing during past HOW Christmas celebrations but today I wanted to share with you one of the fab songs the kids will be performing this Sunday morning.
Pentatonix certainly know how to do Christmas so while our kids will be doing it a little different I’ve used their version of the song as it’s full of energy and it’s sure to put you in the Christmas mood.
If you don’t have anything else planned this Sunday morning, set the alarm and join us at 10:30am in Orby Drive!
I found this lovely Christmas song by the acapella group Pentatonix to share with you today. It captures all of the different aspects of Christmas – children playing, kisses under the mistletoe, stockings hanging and candles glowing. But in the bridge they really capture the most important aspect of Christmas for me….
The joy that fills our hearts
When we strip back everything else – one thing remains at Christmas. JOY. Even in the most difficult Christmases we can find joy.
The joy of being with loved ones, the joy of time off work and the joy of giving to others. No matter how big or small the gift is, – or even if it’s a free gift like our presence, we can find pure joy in giving to others.
“In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ””
Acts 20:35 NIV
This Christmas wouldn’t it be great if that’s what we all focused on – giving to others?! Not looking for what we can get but what we can give!
To get you into the spirit of Christmas listen to today’s track and have a think about what Christmas really means to you.
I had a wee day off today – a complete 8am-4pm day to myself. After the crazy couple of weeks I’ve had (maybe crazy is the new norm?!) it was very much needed.
I attended a business breakfast this morning, met up with two Claire’s for two different “coffee” dates (I have about 6 Claire/Clare’s in my life and hubby always gets very confused which one I’m talking about) then I dandered through the shops in Belfast city centre picking up some Christmas gifts and treats before bringing my little window of freedom to a close by dropping in to our first choice nursery school open day. Normally when I head into Belfast I’m rushing or too conscious of ensuring the girls are close by and I don’t get the chance to really soak up the atmosphere and appreciate our city.
Maybe it’s because the focus of this morning’s business breakfast was the regeneration of Belfast, maybe it’s because our wee city is fighting back after the devastation of the fire at Bank Buildings in August and making a lot of effort to attract visitors or maybe God was trying to tell me something today….
You’re the God of this city
You’re the king of these people
You’re the lord of this nation
Just like our wee city is facing turmoil, uncertainty and a battle to be everything to everyone, so am I. When I started this blog, I promised to share the rough and the smooth, warts and all. The last few weeks have been tough… I’ve been working long hours to try and keep up with the workload in our office with an added stress of yet more job cuts looming over us. It feels like I’m constantly adding more plates into the spinning/juggling act but there are so many that I love to spin that I’m doing my best to prioritise while trying to continue with the enjoyable aspects of life; if I didn’t I’d go mad! I’ve missed bedtimes with the girls and some nights I can barely string two sentences together by the time I sit down on the sofa with hubby. ButGodhasaplan. Just as I listened to the panel talk this morning about the plan to develop Belfast, I need to focus on the future strategy and be confident that God has a plan to develop me. He can take the derelict land, the forgotten quarters and the disconnected areas and bring light, hope and peace…
You’re the light in this darkness
You’re the hope to the hopeless
You’re the peace to the restless
I know, just as the song says, greater things have yet to come – and with the help of my family, friends and God I can get through this difficult season knowing there are better times ahead…
“I know the plans that I have for you, declares the LORD. They are plans for peace and not disaster, plans to give you a future filled with hope.”
Jeremiah 29:11 GW