Here are the two Christmas talks. Helen preached at Midnight and 8am; Wendy gave a "Godly Play" talk for the 10am Family Service.
Preacher: Ian Hardcastle [Text: Matthew 2:1-12]
The Wisemen, the Magi, travel from afar to honour the newborn Jesus. What can we learn from them?
In this talk, Ian starts by summarising a Blog posting by Dr Peter Gainsford who shows that Christmas has not borrowed from pagan sources. That Blog post can be found here:
Preacher: Ian Hardcastle [Texts: Luke 2:41-52; 1 Sam 2:18-20,26; Col 3:12-17]
Jesus grew in stature, wisdom and the favour of God and men. Growth is part of God's creation ordinance we needn't despise the processes of growth and development. We can learn from what Luke records about Jesus as a boy.
Preacher: Ian Hardcastle [Text: Isaiah 9:1-2, 6-7; Titus 3:4-7; Luke 2:8-20]
I love the celebrations of Christmas but what are we celebrating? Let's turn back to the Bible to find out...
Preacher: Ian Hardcastle [Is 9:2-7; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-14]
Did you know the Christian origin of the Christmas Tree? It tells the story of fall and redemption. Read on ...
Preacher: Ian Hardcastle [Text: John 1:1-14]
What is the importance of Christmas? From John we learn that it is that God became a human in Jesus of Nazareth.
Preacher: Helen Hardcastle [Text: Luke 1:39-45]
Mary carried the unborn child who was God! When she visited Elizabeth, the unborn John was filled with the Holy Spirit. How can you be more open to allowing God to find a dwelling in you?
Preacher: Ian Hardcastle [Texts: Luke 1:26-38; 2 Samuel 7:1-11,16; Romans 16:25-27]
The Annunciation: angel, miracle - what should we make of it? What might we learn from it?