Blessing Boxes Join the wise men this Epiphany, bringing gifts and finding God’s blessing. This origami gift box has a blessing in the base (and not just the sweets). When you have finished the sweet treats, you will find words of blessing and peace written in the base, for example Aaron’s blessing from Numbers … More Epiphany Blessing Boxes – a gift to give and receive
This is the second part of a reflection on Epiphany. Check out last week’s post for a meditation about gifts. This part thinks about who may come. Reflecting Three Wise Men? Three Kings? Magi? Every year there is confusion at the nativity play: were they kings or wise men? And what are Magi, anyway*? The … More Isaiah 60:1-6 Matthew 2:1-12 – Epiphany
In response to a reader request, here’s a nifty little song you could use for a Toy Service, Collective Worship or All Age. It is great for pre-Christmas, for Christmas day itself or for Epiphany. The focus is ‘every good and perfect gift is from above’ (Jas 1:7) and it’s a great reminder of where … More The Twelve Toys of Christmas
Engaging The wise men brought some pretty weird gifts for a new-born baby. Surely a blanket or baby-grow would have been more use? Or, I dunno, a proper bed? But the wise men brought what they had, and that’s all anyone can do. We also, can bring to God what we have. We may look … More Isaiah 60:1-6 Matthew 2:1-12 – Epiphany
Wise men seeking Jesus The Wise Men were Seeking Jesus. They travelled a long way Guided on their journey By a beauteous star. We have no Star to follow We don’t need a Star to follow. If we desire Jesus He is close at hand In our own Holy Island. Sitting in the sunshine Looking … More Hymn Meditation – Wise men seeking Jesus
Noel: Pack away the crib? Pack away the crib? You can’t do that!
Holly: Why ever not?
Noel: Because we haven’t finished with it yet.
Holly: Of course we’ve finished with it. Christmas is over. Baby Jesus, cows and donkeys, nice story for the kids. Done. Finished. Crib – box! … More Matthew 2:1-12 – Away with the Tinsel
Fresh scripts launch God’s timeless word like a rocket. “Parables as Jesus would have told them – witty, punchy and thought-provoking.” Christmas and Easter? Sorted.
Some quiet and meditative, some a-pun-a-minute – there’s a script for every occasion. Meet Elijah’s ravens on holiday. Meet texting angels. Meet the Big Bad Cat. Then slow down and relive Good Friday through the eyes of one who was there – Jesus, remember me. … More Drama without the, well, drama!
Narr: So the three wise men packed their pyjamas and their tooth brushes, and went on a long journey to find the new king. They took presents with them too. Balthazar took a very useful present. Melchior took the latest new toy. Gaspar – well Gaspar took … mmmm-errr … something.
Bal: Urgh, I hate long journeys. These camels really give me the hump. … More Bold, Frankenstein and Mmmm-err
(aside to audience) except that the scientific terminology won’t be invented for a couple of thousand years yet, so we’re a bit ahead of our time here.
But what could it mean?
Mel: Well, I’ve been looking through my guide to the stars (holds up celebrity gossip magazine) and it says that the new star means a new king!
Bal: That’s amazing! We should go and visit him. We could take gifts too – something useful would be good.
Or the latest toy – something every kid would want. … More Bold, Frankenstein and Mmmm-errr