30th November 2019

Lifewords Prayer December 1 - 7

 

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause

great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you;

he is the Messiah, the Lord.” … Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host

appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven,

and on earth peace to those on whom his favour rests.”

Luke 2:10-11,13-14 NIV

Christmas can so often be about the things that draw the eye and consume the mind.

From the lights and the busyness, to the big-budget Christmas adverts and present-

buying sales, to the school nativities and work parties. There is so much that seeks to

grab our attention and fix our gaze.

In this passage from Luke a similar thing is happening: the angels arrive on the scene

and are pretty hard to miss. The angel declares “good news” and “great joy for all the

people” to a backdrop of “the heavenly host” – they put on quite a show for the

shepherds! But in contrast to what we so often face in the run-up to Christmas, the

angels are getting the shepherds attention by proclaiming something that lasts,

something that is deeper: the joy and peace that comes with the good news of Jesus

Christ.

While Christmas comes and goes; while presents are advertised, bought, unwrapped

and often forgotten, Jesus brings joy and peace that is ever-lasting, all-encompassing,

and that is everything we need for Christmas and beyond. This Christmas-time as we

seek to be and share good news, “may the God of hope fill [us] with all joy and peace as

[we] trust in him, so that [we] may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit,”

(Rom 15:13).

Happy Christmas! Welcome to the December edition of Lifewords Prayer. This month

we have stories from people sharing Meet the Cast, news from around the world, an

update from Kenya, and a look back at some of the stories we’ve shared this year.

Please join us as we pray.

1-7 December

Meet the Cast

This Christmas we have brought back our Meet the Cast booklet and people have been

ordering it to use with children, schools, and at family services. Please pray for young

people around the UK who are engaging with the nativity story, and for those who are

sharing good news with them this Christmas.

 Rev Jeff Hughes from Birkenhead has ordered Meet the Cast to use at a number of Christmas events aimed at children. These include presentations to 12

classes at three different schools, and also a special needs school, children attending a street nativity, a Santa’s grotto event, and a stay and play

group. Give thanks for churches all over the UK who are reaching out to young people in their communities this Christmas.

 

 Godmanchester Baptist Church is making stations for each character from Meet the Cast and is inviting all the local primary schools along. Daniel Beckett

from the church said: “I am going to use the booklets in primary schools as part of a prayer and reflective space, to explain the characters in the nativity

story.” Praise God for creative initiatives like this. Pray for Godmanchester Baptist Church, that they would see lots of children and families engaging

with the Christmas story.

 

 Children’s and Youth worker, Sam Dallimore, from Bournmouth Community Church ordered Meet the Cast for a Santa's grotto at the church in December. “We

want to give out bags for all the children coming. As part of this bag we wanted to give them something of the Christmas Story. Meet the Cast is brilliantly

put together and I thought this could be perfect to give out to the families that will be coming into our building over the Christmas period.” They are

hoping to welcome 1,500 people to the grotto. Please pray that this event would be a success and that lots of people who don’t ordinarily come to church

would go along.

 

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to browse and order Christmas resources. The last day for

ordering in time for delivery before Christmas is 16 December.


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