“Explore Christmas” The series opens up big questions about Christmas and invites you to wonder, to question, to discuss and even debate. If you are visiting today or come as a guest we hope you find the service helpful. We are partnering with St Alfred's Anglican church in Blackburn North and we invite you to attend services at either church. Feel free to participate in as much as you want or just to sit and listen.
Please join with us for the Sunday Advent services during December at either church as we explore what Christmas really means.
If you would like to follow up anything please speak to our minister, Mark after the service. You are warmly invited to stay for morning tea and to continue discussions.
Children's Services - We have special services celebrating Christmas at St Luke's and St Alfred's.
5pm Sunday December 22 at St Luke's, and at 5pm Christmas Eve at St Alfred's. This fun and engaging service is called "What's that got to do with Christmas?"
1 empty Christmas tree + 2 excitable children + 11 mysterious visitors = one very big story.
“What’s That Got To Do With Christmas” uses fun and drama to explore what was really going on in Bethlehem all those years ago as performers come down the chimney to spread the word about Christmas.
A very talented team of characters, and children will tell the Christmas story in a funny and delightful way that is sure to amuse and enthral the whole family.
Candlelit Carols Service - Christmas Eve 10.30PM at St Alfred's - This is a very popular service filled with carols and Bible Readings and a short homily. A wonderful time of community celebration of the joy of Christmas.
Christmas Day Services - 9.30AM at St Luke's and 10AM at St Alfred's - Carols and Holy Communion
A Prayer for Advent
Stir up, we pray you, O Lord, the wills of your faithful people, that they plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may by you be plenteously rewarded; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Is Christmas Believable?
About 70% of people don’t believe key elements of the Christmas story. 1. The Claims of the New Testament Written “that you may believe...” (John 20:30-31) An “orderly account … so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.” (Lk 1:1-4)
2. The Question of Miracles A “closed universe” or an “open universe”? Further Reading Is Jesus History? – John Dickson (The Good Book Company, 2019) One Solitary Life - James Allen Francis “I am far within the mark when I say that all the armies that ever marched, and all the navies that were ever built, and all the parliaments that ever sat and all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of man upon the earth has that one solitary life.”