Reading Hebrews 1.1-3
(I had a child read for the service). Thank you for reading so clearly. It’s important that this reading especially was read clearly because it talks about all those different ways God uses to speak to us.
He gave us the bible, and all the stories in it and speaks to us through them. And we’re told that he can speak to us through prophets and visions and dreams.
And today we’re going to see if he can speak to us and tell us anything special through some objects that I have here.
(Get 5 children up to hold the objects, questioning them in turn what each of them are.)
Firstly what is this? An orange
Secondly what is this? Some ribbon
Thirdly? Four cocktail sticks
Next? Some sweets (I’ve counted them, and I’ll be checking at the end to see how many there are)
And finally? A Candle
Now, a really difficult question: if you put all of these things together what would you make? A Christingle
As you will probably know the various things that make up the Christingle all represent something and tell us, speaks to us something about God:
The orange represents the world in which we live. The four sticks remind us of the four seasons of the year. The red ribbon reminds us of the blood of Jesus and the fact that he died on the cross for us. The sweets remind us that God gives us a lot of great gifts in our lives, and of course the candle on the top reminds us of Jesus himself – the light of the world.
And so when all those ordinary objects are put together we have something through which God can speak to us, and He can tell us through this the story of creation, and of Jesus and his love for us.
But individually those things are nothing more than what they’re meant to be – the orange is an orange, the stick is a stick, the candle is a candle and so on…
And the same can true for all of us – as we approach Christmas we can all have a good time hopefully, we can enjoy giving and receiving cards and presents, but if we leave Jesus out of Christmas then we are missing out on the real purpose of all these celebrations and we’re missing the one thing that gives meaning to it all.
(Get the kids to assemble the Christingle while you tell the story)
There’s a little story about Mary, Jesus’ mum, she had a very strange dream one night
she sees signs lit up saying Happy Christmas, she sees houses decorated, and people rushing around the shops buying lots of presents and food and drinks.
She hears of parties being arranged, and thinks how wonderful it is to see people enjoying her son Jesus’ birthday.
But then Christmas comes and she realises that people aren’t giving their presents to Jesus, and in fact, they’re not even mentioning him – She is filled with sadness as she realises that people have forgotten to thank Jesus for all he’s done for them, even on his birthday.
We must remember in the middle of all of the celebrations that we’re going to have, that Christmas is about, the light in the middle of our Christingles, it’s about Jesus coming to earth as a baby, and Jesus coming to us, as the light in our lives.
and it would be wrong to leave him out of his own celebrations,
So today God speaks to us, through our Christingles and reminds us again of the story of the world as we prepare to celebrate Jesus, light of the world coming to us. Amen