Follow the star – the Great Invitation
This Christmas will be the first time since the Covid pandemic that we can invite our neighbours and our communities to an in-person gathering where all can hear the Christmas story and be welcomed into the love of Jesus.
By now, many will have welcomed people in for Carol and Christingle services. Now is the time to pray over and during all these activities that the message from the very first Christmas will be experienced anew this year.
Starting on Christmas Eve and continuing daily until Epiphany (6 January), you can also share a series of reflections that will help you make space this Christmas. On each of the 12 days, a different contributor will share something that speaks of a Christmas invitation for them, bringing the theme to life through a mixture of personal story, Bible reading, reflection and challenge.
Let’s follow the star and offer God’s Great Invitation this Christmas.
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