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Christmas services at

 Droitwich Methodist Church

  

Christmas Carols         21st Dec  6.30pm

Crib service                 24th Dec  3.00pm

Midnight Communion  24th Dec 11.15pm

Christmas Morning          25th Dec 10.00am    

      

EVERYONE WELCOME

“Come, let us adore Him!”



The President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference
have urged people to make space in their homes and lives for Jesus this Christmas

  • The Christmas message will also be available here as a podcast on 19 December

       

In their Christmas message, the Revd Ken Howcroft and Ms Gill Dascombe asks people to consider what kind of dinner guest Jesus might be.


The full text of the message follows:


Make space for Jesus. What would it be like to leave a place for him at the table for the Christmas meal? To open the door and welcome him in to “our” Christmas, in our homes, our churches and the world around us (just like Jewish people often leave a cup and open the door to Elijah at a Passover meal)? Would he rush in and lift our spirits, the life and soul of the party? Or slip in quietly, warm and gentle, meek and mild, like a kindly uncle?


Or would he come in as a guest and then take over as the host, as he did with the two disciples walking on the road to Emmaus in the aftermath of his crucifixion and resurrection? For it is not “our” Christmas, but his. And he tends to come in unexpected ways, and therefore often unrecognised, the extraordinary appearing in the ordinary, a flicker of light that is often overlooked.


“Longing for light, we wait in darkness”, as the hymn by Bernadette Farrell puts it. A world in which people are forced to move on from place to place. A world in which people try desperately to get to safer and better places for themselves and their families in leaking and sinking boats across the Mediterranean; or flee as refugees from persecution or oppression in places like Iraq and Syria. Just like Mary and Joseph who were forced to go and be registered in a distant place. Just like, later, they had to flee with their child from the power of Herod and go to Egypt.


Some people wait in the darkness of their own lives. Grief, pain and sorrow. Broken relationships, hopes and prospects. People excluded, marginalised or stigmatised – sometimes because of mental illness that is beyond their control. Christmas can be a hard time for those who are lonely or down.


Yet to each of these situations, Christ comes like he did in the birth which we celebrate. Unlooked for, or searched for, or longed for or prayed for, he comes. Not tearing the skies apart. Not as a mighty alpha-plus person. Not as an alien being. But as a tiny baby, born into poverty and need, human, vulnerable and dependent.


God comes to the heart of our human experience in Jesus. The divinity of Christ is clothed with our humanity so that our humanity can be clothed in his divinity. As Charles Wesley wrote:


“Veiled in flesh the Godhead see, Hail the incarnate Deity,

Pleased as man with man to dwell, Jesus our Emmanuel!”


So make space for Jesus this Christmas. Look for him in the ordinary things, the light in the darkness that the darkness has never managed to extinguish. Celebrate him there. Respond to him there. Become like him. Let the light of his love show through the way you treat others.


May our lives and our churches be places of true joy and peace this Christmas time. May the grace that came into the world that first Christmas fill us and connect us together.


The blessing of God be with us all this Christmas time and throughout the coming year.


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       Our next


Café Church


will be @ 6.30pm on

 Sunday  11th January  

Cafe church is worship in a different style ...…  Seated at tables with coffee (or tea), in an informal, relaxed atmosphere, and fun!  So come & join in - everyone is welcome !

 

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  Finding it difficult to get to church on Sundays?

Why not come & join us for

 MIDWEEK COMMUNION

11.15am on the 2nd Wednesday of each month

The service usually lasts 30-40 minutes and begins at 11.15am, immediately after our Wednesday Coffee Fellowship, so you can have a coffee and then join us for the service.

Our next midweek communion services will be on

Wednesday 14th January at 11.15am

We look forward to seeing YOU there!

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