Get to the heart of our reason for celebrating
It is the season of parties and presents, dinners and drinks, carols and concerts, tinsel and trees, and.... nativity plays!
Sometimes nativity plays can be a little fraught as children compete to play certain coveted roles. There was one such play where the wee boy cast as the innkeeper was somewhat irritated that he had not been chosen to play Joseph. So annoyed was he that he decided to get his own back during the performance. When a weary looking‘Mary’and‘Joseph’ arrived outside the inn door and ‘Joseph’knocked on the door and asked if there was any room, the boy playing the innkeeper – departing from the script with the intention of wrong-footing‘Joseph’– said‘Yes, indeed. We have plenty of room. Come on in’.
But the lad acting as Joseph was quick witted, and he looked over the shoulder of the innkeeper and then turned to‘Mary’and said‘Actually, I don’t like the look of this place... let’s try somewhere else’!
Will we have room for Jesus this Christmas? There is so much happens at Christmas, so many things to prepare and plan. Will we find time in the midst of it all to stop, reflect and ponder the reality at the heart of it all and the reason for the celebration?
Can we say to the Babe of Bethlehem‘Come on in, there is plenty of room’?
May you all know the peace and joy of the Christ Child this Christmas time.
Fowlis Wester, Madderty and Monzie with Gask Services
Christmas Eve - Monzie Church, 10am; Madderty Church,11.30am; Gask Church, 11.30am
Watchnight Service - Fowlis Wester Church, 11.15pm
Christmas Day - Gask Church, 11am
December 31 - united service Madderty Church, 10am (no services at Fowlis Wester, Gask or Monzie)
Rev David Denniston - Interim Minister Fowlis Wester, Madderty and Monzie with Gask