Yesterday was the last Sunday meeting of the year (apart from the all important church brunch next week!) and I turned up at the same time as the set-up crew. For the 51st time this year the PA gear was rolled out, chairs moved, floors swept and the urn filled. Banners were attached to the fence, creche toys put out, flags unfurled. Team banter was ever present and a genuine desire and joy to serve was in evidence. Just being with those guys was good for my soul.
Our annual nativity play was a triumph of: #1 Impromptu chaos; #2 Unswerving committment to the bible; #3 The church family enjoying the truth of the Christmas story! Scott preached a great message on faith & worship based on the response of the shepherds (poor, uneducated) and the magi (rich, educated) to their respective revelations. I can only hope my response to Christ over this holiday period will in some small way imitate theirs!
We also had a few new faces with us and some old ones - and the news of a new arrival - Emily Grace Burt arrived during the service, 9lb 1 oz ... thankfully at the Royal Berks.