Alternative Nativity Part 2

 

 An alternative nativity part 1

 

 

This Little Babe by Benjamin Britten


The lyrics may be helpful:


This little Babe so few days old
Is come to rifle Satan's fold;
All hell doth at His presence quake,
Though He Himself for cold doth shake;
For in this weak unarmed wise
The gates of hell He will surprise.


With tears He fights and wins the field,
His tiny breast stands for a shield;
His battering shot are babish cries,
His arrows looks of weeping eyes,
His martial ensigns cold and need,
And feeble flesh His warrior's steed.


His camp is builded in a stall,
His bulwark but a broken wall,
The crib His trench, haystalks His stakes,
Of shepherds He His army makes;
And thus, as sure His foe to wound,
The angels' trumps the charge now sound.


My soul with Christ join thou in fight;
Stick to His tents, the place of might.
Within His crib is surest ward;
This little Babe will be thy Guard.
If thou wilt foil thy foes with joy,
Then flit not from this heav'nly Boy!

Christmas Scavenger hunt

Are you (or the kids) feeling like you need to get out and about? Try this scavenger hunt. 
 

And a poem for the grown-ups

This one was apparently written for the Christmas Bulletin of Our Lady's in Abingdon in 1936 by JRR Tolkien (at the time he was aslo writing the Hobbit)

 



And don't forget we have our Carols by Candlelight this evening at 4pm (Garford) or 6pm (Marcham)

For the little ones..  

Can you learn sign-language?  

 "Earthed"

Ring a bell,
call a parade,
get this on the evening news.

Let everything on earth,
and beneath the earth and above it,
and everything in the sea too,
from the oak to the octopus,
bees, bears, birds, buffalo, bacteria,
and human beings,
take notice.

We have an announcement.
The waiting is over.
The gap is breached.

Tell the lame they will dance
and the blind they will see rainbows.
Tell the oppressed they will be free
and the poor they will be rich.
Tell the meek their earth is ready.

Tell darkness its days are numbered
and its minions to flee,
tell the warmongers
that peace will overtake them
and cover their battletanks in dust.

Let the wind shake the forest,
and ripple praise across the grasslands.
Let the mountaintops sparkle with joy.
Your God is for you; your God is with you,
Let all creation sing his welcome.

But whisper it,
the baby is sleeping.
 

By Jeremy Williams and thanks to engageworship.org

Poem 02 

 

Recognise the reading?

Isaiah 9 

Mary's Song

For all those who feel overwhelmed by their circumstances...

 

O Come Emmanuel

 

A fun song...

Maybe we can use the articles we associate with Christmas to remind us of the real meaning? 

 

Give differently  

As you prepare to give gifts this year, could you think differently?

Christmas tree gift ideas

Nativity Escape Room

You can print off this nativity escape activity. it's designed for kids, but no reason why grown-ups can't do it too! Someone may need to do a little bit of preparation....perhaps you can print it off and prepare it as a Christmas Eve activity as a family

 

Lo, within a manger lies, He who built the starry skies...

How about making some gingerbread today?

You can find lots of recipes online - here is one:
https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/ultimate-easy-gingerbread

Perhaps you can make a gingerbread nativity or turn them into stars to hang on your Christmas tree?

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Today we are going to LISTEN

 

A Poem


People preparing
getting ready
for the next challenge?
For big change?
Or maybe I'm just preparing for the feast?
There's more to life than the feast.

Are we getting ready for Jesus?
Because Jesus has been faithful.
He's given us wisdom
to chart stormy seas.

So I'll clear the way in my life...
... I'm looking for where he is.
This year...
... I've decided.
On this life's journey...
I'm following Him.

I am His.

Copyright: Stuart Gray/engageworship.org
 

Waiting...

 

Advent ribbon reflection

For this simple reflection, you will need a piece of purple ribbon or thread/ wool about 15-20cm long...


Reflection:

Advent, from the Latin adventus, meaning arrival or coming, is a chance for us to slow down and take time to prepare for Jesus' birth at Christmas.

It is an opportunity for us to reflect quietly on what Jesus' coming to earth really means for us, in contrast with the headlong rush towards Christmas Day, parties, presents and turkey we experience in the world outside the church.

"Instead of plunging into Christmas early, advent holds back and emphasises preparation and expectant waiting for the coming of Jesus into the world. Advent looks at the arrival of Jesus as a baby in Bethlehem 2000 years ago, his coming into the hearts of Christian people today; and his expected second coming at the end of time in judgment and glory." (Channel 4 website, faith and belief page)

Traditionally, the colour purple, symbolising penitence and preparation, is used by churches at advent. You will see it in the altar cloth and the banner. Tie your purple ribbon or thread around your wrist and wear it over the next four weeks, or if you prefer, stick it to your computer or pin it to a notice board or somewhere else where you will see it every day. 

Use it as a reminder to slow down to prepare for Christmas with expectant waiting, rather than speeding up to get through the list of things you need to do.


Prayer:

Lord, during advent help us to slow down to your rhythm, to prepare for the anniversary of your arrival quietly and expectantly. Give us a sense of hope for our lives and our world, a sense of peace that you hold each of us in your hands, a sense of just how much you love us and a sense of joy at the plans you have for us.

Using this purple ribbon as a reminder, help us to make a special effort to reflect your hope, peace, love and joy to those around us throughout advent. Amen.

 
** an alternative to a ribbon might be to find a purple background for your mobile wallpaper to remind you.
 

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God... John 1 v 1

Below you can listen to a song based on this verse by Resound Worship...

Advent Calendar December 2021

Happy Christmas from All Saints' & St. Luke's