Some Christmas messages from the UK and Ireland

Dec 31, 2014 by

Archbishop of York http://www.archbishopofyork.org/articles.php/3196/light-in-darkness The Bishop of London http://www.london.anglican.org/articles/christmas-message-2014/ Bishop of Bath and Wells http://www.bathandwells.org.uk/2014/12/christmas-just-beginning-bishops-midnight-message-2/ Bishop of Birkenhead http://www.chester.anglican.org/dev/docs/cdn/2014-december.pdf Bishop of Blackburn https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJrYAjlEAW4 text http://www.blackburn.anglican.org/news_more.asp?news_id=1182 What #ChristmasMeans https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6HB8uAFcNo Bishop of Carlisle https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZoeSyNxv-Wc Bishop of Chester http://www.cheshirelife.co.uk/people/a_christmas_message_from_the_bishop_of_chester_1_3895625 Bishop of Chichester https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4rCHwbg3aI Bishop of Coventry http://www.dioceseofcoventry.org/index.php?page_ref=1061&item=122 Bishop of Durham http://www.durham.anglican.org/userfiles/file/Durham%20Website/News%20and%20Events/From%20the%20Bishops/Bishop%20of%20Durham/BishopofDurhamChristmasMessage2014.pdf Bishop of Exeter http://www.exeter.anglican.org/bishop-roberts-christmas-message/ Christmas Sermon http://www.exeter.anglican.org/ordinary-people-make-difference/ Bishop of Lichfield: http://www.lichfield.anglican.org/ournews/peace-on-earth-a-christmas-message/ Bishop of Liverpool http://www.express.co.uk/comment/expresscomment/548131/Christmas-time-make-room-for-all-says-BISHOP-PAUL-BAYES Bishop of Peterborough http://www.northamptonchron.co.uk/news/local/bishop-of-peterborough-s-christmas-message-2014-help-someone-in-need-1-6488323 Bishop of Sheffield https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CD9UvFCTgyQ Bishop of Sherborne http://www.blackmorevale.co.uk/8203-Christmas-message-Bishop-Sherborne-Dr-Graham/story-25718137-detail/story.html Bishop of Winchester http://www.winchester.anglican.org/news/bishop-tims-christmas-message/ Diocese of Gibraltar in Europe – Bishop Robert Innis https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqmJ-2cix9I text http://europe.anglican.org/downloads/website%20upload%20downloads/christmas-message-2014.pdf Bishop of Beverley http://www.seeofbeverley.org.uk/fullposts.php?id=137 Bishop of Ebbsfleet http://www.ebbsfleet.org.uk/ Ireland: Archbishops [Anglican and Roman Catholic] of Armagh http://www.rte.ie/player/gb/show/10358465/ Bishop of Down and Dromore http://www.downanddromore.org/news/2014/12/A-Christmas-Message-from-Bishop-Harold–Thank-you#.VJGJKyusV8E Archbishop of Dublin http://ireland.anglican.org/news/5475 Church in Wales bishops http://www.churchinwales.org.uk/news/ Scotland: Primus http://www.scotland.anglican.org/christmas-thoughts-primus/   MESSAGES FROM AROUND THE COMMUNION Australia: Archbishop Glenn Davies of Sydney http://vimeo.com/115236650 text http://sydneyanglicans.net/images/uploads/Christmas_message_2014.pdf Australian Bishops http://acl.asn.au/christmas-messages-2014/ Tazmania: Bishop John Harrower http://www.anglicantas.org.au/ Belize: Bishop Philip Wright http://www.belizetimes.bz/2014/12/19/2014-christmas-message-by-bishop-philip-wright-m-a-obe/ Canada: Bishop Charlie Masters, Moderator of ANiC http://www.anglicannetwork.ca/bm_1214.htm Archbishop Hiltz of ACoC http://www.anglican.ca/news/the-glory-of-the-lord-shone-round-about-them/3003841/ and video with National Bishop of ELC [no carol singing by the duet this year] http://vimeo.com/113049952 England: Archbishop Welby http://www.archbishopofcanterbury.org/articles.php/5468/archbishop-justins-ecumenical-christmas-greeting Ghana: Archbishop Sarfo http://vibeghana.com/2014/12/22/anglican-archbishop-calls-for-national-unity/ Hong Kong: Archbishop Paul Kwong http://www.hkskh.org/video/eng_hkskh2014.mp4 Kenya: Archbishop Eliud Wabukala http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/business/article/2000145995/calls-for-peace-love-dominate-church-sermons Myanmar: Archbishop Stephen Than https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GXQx43eMr8 South America: Archbishop Hector ‘Tito’ Zavala https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yea8-7XgGEk South East Asia Kuching: Archbishop Bolly Lapok http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Community/2014/12/20/Tis-the-season-to-be-jolly-Christmas-celebration-is-a-story-of-hope-and-love-for-mankind/ West Malaysia: Bishop Moon Hing http://canonmoon.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/has-time-arrived-yet.html Southern Africa: Archbishop Thabo Makgoba http://www.anglicanchurchsa.org/view.aspItemID=619&tname=tblComponent1&oname=News&pg=front New Zealand: Archbishop Richardson at Oihi http://www.anglicantaonga.org.nz/News/Our-heritage/Making-history-together Uganda: Archbishop Ntagali https://www.facebook.com/pages/Church-Of-Uganda/640904349304253?ref=stream&fref=nf# and Advent video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtQ8THSy5cU US: : Bishop Mark Lawrence of South Carolina Christmas Eve Message http://your-cathedral.org/sermon-december-24-2014-2/ Mabel’s Story http://www.kendallharmon.net/t19/index.php/t19/article/58062/ Archbishop Foley Beach of ACNA http://anglicanchurch.net/?/main/page/944 Bishop Julian Dobbs of CANA http://vimeo.com/115302236 Bishop of Central Florida http://www.cfdiocese.org/news/article/2014/12/25/bishop-gregs-christmas-sermon-2014 Acting Bishop of Dallas – Bishop Paul Lambert http://www.edod.org/index.php/home/item/435-a-christmas-message-from-bishop-lambert West Indies: Archbishop John Holder...

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Archbishop Calls In Sick For Christmas Sermon

Dec 25, 2014 by

From Sky News: The Archbishop of Canterbury has been forced to cancel his annual Christmas Day sermon after coming down with a heavy cold. Lambeth Palace said the Most Rev Justin Welby has been suffering from a “severe cold” for several days and decided this morning that he was too unwell to speak at the annual Canterbury Cathedral service. A Lambeth Palace spokesman said the Archbishop “is suffering from a severe cold and will, with great regret, no longer be preaching the sermon at Canterbury Cathedral this morning. “The Dean of Canterbury, the Very Rev Robert Willis, will deliver a homily.” The Archbishop had been due to talk about how the true spirit of Christmas cannot be captured in fairytale endings, using the example of the First World War Christmas truce in 1914. The Archbishop had been due to say: “The truce illustrates something of the heart of Christmas, whereby God sends his Son, that vulnerable sign of peace, to a weary war-torn world. “The problem is that the way it is told now it seems to end with a ‘happy ever after’. Read here...

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A very happy Christmas to all our readers

Dec 25, 2014 by

Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her King; Let every heart prepare Him room, And heav’n and nature sing, And heav’n and nature sing, And heav’n, and heav’n, and nature sing. Joy to the earth, the Savior reigns! Let men their songs employ; While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains Repeat the sounding joy, Repeat the sounding joy, Repeat, repeat, the sounding joy. No more let sins and sorrows grow, Nor thorns infest the ground; He comes to make His blessings flow Far as the curse is found, Far as the curse is found, Far as, far as, the curse is found. He rules the world with truth and grace, And makes the nations prove The glories of His righteousness, And wonders of His love, And wonders of His love, And wonders, wonders, of His...

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Meditation for Christmas Day

Dec 25, 2014 by

Psalm: 2, 18, 44 OT:  Zechariah 2: 10-13 Epistle:  1 John 4: 7-16 Gospel:  John 3: 31-36 Feast of the Nativity MEDITATION ON THE FEAST:The “why” of Christmas is, simply, love incarnate, kenotic love, amazing love! This love is more than eros  (that which is an attraction), more than just affection (phileo), but pure, uncompromising love. The Feast of the Nativity takes God’s self-giving to a totally new level. In Jesus we recognize that self-giving is the very nature of God. No more partial insights, no more trying to comprehend how God lives and loves as Jesus is “the very imprint of God’s being.” If we truly understand the message of Christmas, which calls us to love and serve the poor, for the One who came to us was poor and ignored upon his own birth. Jesus Christ is the first among the poor; we should never forget that in this season of much materialism. It is amazing that the Son of God, lowered Himself so completely lying in straw in a feeding trough of rough wood to save us. And in that act of salvation the same type of wood that will also hold him in his death. PRAYER: Jesus, the Light of the World, as we celebrate your birth may we begin to see the world in the light of the understanding you give us. As you chose the lowly, the outcasts, and the poor to receive the greatest news the world had ever known, so may we worship you in meekness of heart. May we also remember our brothers and sisters less fortunate than ourselves in this season of giving. Amen. Spiritual Discipline/Activity– The original Christmas story is about the ultimate gift given for the purpose of changing the world. Take time today to change a person’s world. Talk, listen (and maybe even sing Christmas carols) with those who would be blessed by a person changing their world. ANCIENT WORDS/PRESENT GRACE: “Bethlehem this day resembles heaven; hearing from the stars the singing of angelic voices; and in place of the sun, enfolds within itself on every side, the Sun of Justice. And ask now how; for where God wills, the order of nature yields. For He willed, He had the power, He descended, He redeemed; all things move in obedience to God”. — St. John Chrysostom. Blessing of the Gifts Around the Tree – Dec 24 & 25 Blessed be God in all his Glory   All reply: Now and forever. One of those present reads a text of sacred Scripture, from Titus 3:4-7 But when the kindness and generous love of God our savior appeared, not because of any righteous deeds we had done but because of his mercy, he saved us through the bath of rebirth and renewal by the holy Spirit, whom he richly poured out on us through Jesus Christ our savior, so that we might be justified by his grace and become heirs in hope of eternal life. The Word of the Lord Let Us Pray: Holy...

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Christmas Services

Dec 23, 2014 by

CHRISTMAS SERVICES All times are London time unless otherwise stated – deduct 5 hours for Eastern Standard Time, 8 for Pacific or use this time converter: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/ Nearest UK Christmas services can be located here http://www.achristmasnearyou.co.uk/ and in New Zealand here http://tinyurl.com/o7bs32r   AVAILABLE NOW Handel’s Messiah from the Temple Church – BBC Radio 3 http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04v24qt Alpha Carols 2014 http://tinyurl.com/otdho2p Hymns on Sunday – Radio New Zealand http://www.radionz.co.nz/concert/programmes/hymns   24 DECEMBER – CHRISTMAS EVE 3 pm GMT (10:00 EST or 07:00 PST) Service of Nine lessons and carols from Kings’ College Cambridge directed by Stephen Cleobury – BBC Radio 4 http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04vf8dt and on BBC World Service [3pm] http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02f8l2j also broadcast at 2pm on Christmas Day 25th December on BBC Radio 3 http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04vrhvx more details and service booklet http://www.kings.cam.ac.uk/events/chapel-services/nine-lessons.html   3:30 pm archived recording of Choral Evensong from Tewkesbury Abbey in 2002 with the Exon Singers http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04vd79s   5:25 pm Carols from Kings – BBC 2 TV [UK only – check local networks if viewing outside the UK] http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04w0m0q   7 pm 1954 Carols from Kings digitally remastered – BBC 2 TV [UK only] http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04w80ny   11 pm Eastern ST Christmas Eve Service from St Helena’s Beaufort, South Carolina [4 am London Time] https://www.sthelenas1712.org/   11:45 pm Christmas Celebration – BBC 1 TV [UK only] http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04vxmfl   Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring – Someville Choir https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9trH72h6EDc   25 DECEMBER – CHRISTMAS DAY 8 am Christmas lessons and Carols from Exeter Cathedral – BBC Radio Devon http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02d92jk   9 am Naval Christmas Service from Portsmouth Cathedral – BBC Radio 4 http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04vfczk   10 am Christmas Day Service from St George’s Church Leeds – BBC 1 TV [UK only] http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04w7pn5   1:45 pm 60 Years of Carols from Kings – BBC2 [UK only] http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04w0vg5   3 pm The Queen’s Christmas Message – BBC Radio 4 http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04vj15t and on BBC 1 TV [UK only] http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04wjsf6   The twelve days of Christmas – Rutter – Somerville Choir https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K07qdOTJjjk   MORE Christmas with Premier Christian Radio http://www.premierchristianradio.com/Shows/Sunday/Christmas-2014 http://www.premierradio.org.uk/   What does Christmas mean to you? – Diocese of Bristol https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nc0GsYSeZ-8   #ChristmasMeans https://twitter.com/hashtag/christmasmeans?src=hash   Sussex Carol [arr Ledger] – Choirs of the Cathedral Church of St Luke and St Paul Charleston https://soundcloud.com/pbthomas/on-christmas-night-sussex-carol-arr-philip-ledger   Merry Christmas from Trinity College Choir...

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Reflection: An inconvenient birth

Dec 23, 2014 by

By David Baker, Christian Today: “They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.” (Mark 1:22) What do you do with an inconvenient birth? The Austrian government is currently having difficulties trying to figure out what to do with the building in which Adolf Hitler was born after a government ministry which had occupied it for several decades moved out. It’s scarcely surprising, really. After all, who wants to be associated with the birthplace of the megalomaniacal Nazi leader whose actions caused such death and suffering? The birth of Jesus Christ is of course hugely different from that of Hitler. Nonetheless, it is, likewise, an inconvenient birth. For if the claim that this child is God incarnate has any truth to it, then that has certain implications. People might actually have to do something in response, for example. And so over the years there have been a number of different ways of dealing with the Nativity. One is to brand Jesus’ birth as illegitimate. For example, in the 2nd century, Celsus – a pagan, anti-Christian Greek philosopher – claimed that Jesus’ father was in fact a Roman soldier. A second approach is to denounce the whole idea as preposterous. Thus Richard Dawkins, in one of his delightfully dismissive pronouncements via Twitter, declared last year: “Gospels clearly mostly false (virgin birth, miracles etc). The possibility that Jesus didn’t exist at all is of only marginal extra interest.” So that’s that, then! Read here Read also:  The Scandal of Christmas by Paul Goodman, Conservative...

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