Thursday, 19 December 2013

Joy to the world

A Living Faith article published in the Tamworth Herald on 13 December 2013
The news reports that 'Christmas' is good for our economy. The Good News I want to bring to you is that 'Christ' is also 'mas'sive for our future and spiritual well-being. As we join others in Christmas shopping we hear the well-known Christmas songs and carols playing to help us feel in the festive mood.
So in this Christmas edition of the Tamworth Herald I thought it would be a good idea to tell the Christmas story using only the first lines of Carols.
O come all ye faithful; Hark the Herald angels sing; It was on a starry night when the hills were bright; In the bleak mid winter; It came upon the midnight clear; The first Noel the angels did sing.

While shepherds watched their flocks by night; Silent night Holy night; Angels from the realms of glory; Ding Dong! Merrily on High; Joy to the world!
Little Donkey; O Little town of Bethlehem; Once in royal David’s city; The virgin Mary had a baby boy; Infant Holy Infant lowly; Away in a manger; See him lying on a bed of straw; Unto us a child is born! 

Come and join the celebration; Of the Father's love begotten; God rest you merry gentlemen; As with gladness men of old; We three kings of Orient are; Good king Wenceslas;
Love came down at Christmas; The Holly and the Ivy; See amid the winter's snow; Hope of heaven; On Christmas night all Christians sing;  We wish you a merry Christmas! 

A Merry Christmas and a Peaceful New Year to you...