COCU5A Christmas Day

See also COCU5B and COCU5C

Readings – Christmas Dawn
Isaiah 62: 6-12
Psalm 97
Titus 3: 4-7
Luke 2: (1-7), 8-20

Readings – Christmas Day
Isaiah 52: 7-10
Psalm 98
Hebrews 1: 1-4 (5-12)
John 1: 1-14

See also Christmas Dawn B and Christmas Day C

The spirit of Christmas
I looked for the spirit of Christmas,
thinking there might be a place where I would feel a deep sense
of the holiness of the occasion.
I looked in the shops,
drawn in by bright decorations
but I found that I couldn’t afford this brand of Christmas.
I slipped into a church,
attracted by their cheerful poster,
but a group of people were arguing about where to place the chairs.
The advertisements told me
that Christmas was all about family, but mine always argue at Christmas, and then fall asleep straight after lunch.
I even went overseas to Bethlehem,
but there were soldiers with guns,
and a very long queue waiting
to get through the checkpoint.
So I came home and on the plane,
a mother and her baby sat next to me,
and suddenly the baby looked right at me, and smiled.
And it was Christmas!
I’ll never go to so much trouble again,
spending and cooking and shopping,
or expecting too much from people.
The spirit of Christmas is in simple things.
(Source: Ann Siddall, Stillpoint Centre)

Call to worship
This is a moment
to find within us
the true spirit of Christmas.
This is a moment
to calm and quiet our souls and find true joy.
This is a moment
to insist that, despite everything, God is with us.
This is a moment
to dig deep and find love is born again within us.
This is a moment
when the outer gifts
matter less than the inner one.
So, let us celebrate!
(Source: Ann Siddall, Stillpoint Spirituality)

About admin

Rev Sandy Boyce is a Uniting Church in Australia Minister (Deacon) in placement at Pilgrim Uniting Church, in Adelaide CBD (12 Flinders St). This blog is mainly to resource worship planners for our services, but of course may be useful for others. We have some great writers of music, words for hymns and liturgy at Pilgrim, so this blog also includes their words.
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