Vine Community Church – Every Carol tells a Story

Christmas is coming! And by now you might have heard quite a few carols on the radio, each telling the Christmas Story in their own way. There’s Mary getting the news that she’s going to be the mother of Jesus – ‘The Angel Gabriel from heaven came.’

There are shepherds in the fields watching their flocks by night and a heavenly choir turns up. The lead angel says ‘Fear not, glad tidings of great joy I bring to you…’ So the shepherds go into ‘Royal David’s City’ and have a look, and what do they see? ‘The cattle are lowing’, they ‘See him lying on a bed of straw’ and they wonder ‘What child is this?’

Some time later, three wise guys arrive with the first ever Christmas presents. ‘Gold I bring,’ says Caspar. Wow, what a present! They all understand that ‘Unto us a child is born.’

Each of our carols gives us an angle on the Big Story that’s going on – God coming to right where we are, up close, so that we can know for sure just how much he really does love us, whatever we’ve had to face in our lives this year or any year. Jesus is God’s special gift to each and every one of us.

Two of my favourite carols end with
prayers –
O holy child of Bethlehem, descend to us
we pray;
Cast out our sin and enter in, be born in
us today.

Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask you to stay close by me for ever, and love me, I pray.

And one carol ends with this challenge – What can I give him? Give my heart.

Forty years ago I asked Jesus Christ to be
my friend and saviour, and through good
times and difficult times he’s always been
there, never let me down.
Everyone’s waiting for something. What
are you waiting for?
Make this Christmas special – give him
your heart.

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