Get to the heart of our rea­son for cel­e­brat­ing

Strathearn Herald - - FESTIVE MESSAGES 2017 -

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

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