Sunday, 22 December 2013

What are you doing for Christmas? PART 4

  

This is the Fourth & last Sunday of Advent.



In church today we sang the Christmas Song  "Tis Christmas" with the children.



'Tis Christmas, 'Tis Christmas
The Christmas Bells ring
The Birthday of Jesus our Saviour and king
Tis Christmas, Tis Christmas
Our Bible recalls 
The Birthday of Jesus 

God's Love Gift to all. 


We had already looked at Hope, Joy, & Peace being three things that Advent makes us anticipate and the other one of the four is




 So what could be more fitting than singing about Jesus as God's Love Gift to us because that is exactly what Jesus is.


Tonight in Church we are having a Baptism Service where some young adults are getting baptised in response to the Gift of Love they have accepted from God through 
the Saving Grace of Jesus.



Here is another very short video for Advent





Do you know this Saving Grace of Jesus?

Have you accepted this Gift of Love from God?



Time for a little update on the Advent reading plan since Day 19

20.  We know that Jesus came to destroy the works of satan.
21.  We know that Jesus came to bear witness to the truth.
22.  We know that Jesus came so that we can believe in Him and have life in His name.
23.  We know that Jesus came to reconcile us to God.


Do you know why Jesus came to earth?


Are you glad that Jesus came?


Friday morning was  
"Shopping in our town with our grown up son" time.
Cold, windy & wet day but it's a small town so not that far to walk between car park and shops.
He kept comparing it to the large city he lives in, parking much cheaper here and streets less crowded.
We also got our turkey and ham for Christmas.

Friday afternoon was  
"Shopping in the Christian Bookshop with our grown up son" time.
One and a half hours can pass quickly when we are somewhere like this.
The ICM Bookshop outside Lurgan is enormous.
They also have a good website with great prices and lots of free shipping to anywhere in the UK, so have a look at their site  https://www.icmbooksdirect.co.uk/

Friday evening was  
"Shopping in the Sprucefield Shopping Centre with our grown up son" time.
A few last minute presents, and a nice wander around in the festive but not-too-busy shops.


After a day like that we need to remember that shopping is not the main thing that's important at this time of the year






We need to make sure that Jesus Christ is still in our Christmas, just like the words of this song 



Unto you is born this day a Saviour
A baby boy was found there in a manger
The blessed truth of Christmas let us hear
Let's put Christ back into Christmas this year


Christmas is the birthday of our King
The greatest gift of all He came to bring
He's the Prince of Peace let's show Him that we care
Let's put Christ back into Christmas this year


On this day the wise men saw a star
They followed it with gifts and travelled far
And praised the baby Jesus lying there
Let's put Christ back into Christmas this year


Let within your heart His praises ring
And celebrate the day our Saviour came
May peace on earth at Christmas time appear
Let's put Christ back into Christmas this year
Let's put Christ back into Christmas this year



Are you making sure that Christ is still in your Christmas this year?


Walking along the promenade in Newcastle, Co. Down is not the thing I would normally plan to be doing just a few days before Christmas.


Two things happened within the last few days that meant us taking the half hour drive to Newcastle one day last week and I was looking forward to walking the promenade while there.  However it was just too cold and wet and blowy that we didn't have our walk.

Instead we just sat and admired the seaside view for a while and took a few pictures and short videos of the waves.




A great example of the nature that God has created.


One of the books I got in the ICM Bookshop yesterday was for the younger kids in our Sunday School.

It can be read to young children and then as they get a bit older they can read it for themselves.




This book has had great reviews by parents which is a very good recommendation for it and is unusually written by a Theologian, James Hamilton.  He wrote it primarily for his son but was then encouraged to get it published which he then did through Christian Focus.


On the journey back today we discussed the presents for Christmas.

It has been agreed that I have nearly everything sorted out fine now.
I just hope the recipients of these presents agree with us.


Were you able to take time today to appreciate God and His creation amid the hustle and bustle of Christmas presents?








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