Prayer and Reflection
Today a Saviour is born!
In the stillness of the night God enters human history
through the birth of his only Son.
He is our peace and hope.
In him we praise God for his
goodness to us in giving us so great a gift. Amen.
Gifts, given and received, are a sign and expression of love.
Which of the gifts you have received do you treasure most?
Why do you treasure them?
When have you experienced someone giving of themselves to you?
Reflect on times in your life when you give of yourself to others?
How does this feel?
Word of God - Scripture
“This is what love is: it is not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the means by which our sins are forgiven. Dear friends, if this is how God loved us, then we should love one another. No one has ever seen God, but if we love one another, God lives in union with us, and his love is made perfect in us.”
(1 John 4: 10-12)
The gift of love and friendship
God’s gift of love and friendship
God sent Jesus
Isaiah looked forward to the gift of Jesus
The birth of Jesus: wise men
The church celebrates the gift of Jesus
Remembering, celebrating and responding to the gift of love and friendship and Advent and Christmas: the Church’s seasons of preparing to receive Gods’ gift of love and friendship in Jesus