Practising Receiving

Luke 2: 15-24 What is the best gift you will receive today? In many ways someone reading this in war-torn Syria is more likely to quickly identify the answer the whole of Advent prepares us for, than those of us about to disappear underneath a sea of wrapping paper...

Practising Waiting

Luke 2: 25-38 In one sense the whole of Advent is about practising waiting, so it’s either unfair to have made you wait until Christmas Eve, or you’re so well practised you’ve not noticed! In one sense you can do nothing about practising waiting, because the time to...

Practising Faithfulness

Luke 2: 15-24 The Shepherds, the Magi and representatives of the animal community all ‘found Mary and Joseph and the baby, who was lying in the manger’ (Luke 2:16). That’s about as much information we get, but it’s all we need. Mary and Joseph had their ups and downs...

Practising Intentionality

Matthew 2: 1-12 Unless you do something about it, in practice, intentionality is just a long word. Simply thinking about doing something never makes it happen. In spite of this fact, we are very clever as human beings, at deceiving ourselves. In a nutshell, that’s...

Practising Worship

Luke 2: 8-20 C S Lewis once wrote, ‘Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important’. If it is true, as Lewis was asserting, then the Advent story is one half of the most awe-some...

Practising Just Doing It

Luke 2: 9-20 22:12 Are you the sort of person who wants to change the world? Do you like to put the world to rights over a pint or a cuppa? I wonder if the shepherds were like that. They spent hours in the fields watching sheep they must have been lots of...