We are now just 13 days away from Christmas. For me, this year getting into the festive mood started on 1st December with “Introducing Christmas”, an event organised by New Irish Arts at Adelaide Road Presbyterian in Dublin. The evening consisted of music for Christmas, featuring orchestra, choir and soloists – I was in the choir. It was really good to see a full church for a very enjoyable evening; the Christ – centred message of Christmas came through clearly.
We are also planning our Christmas events in Brannockstown – we are having 2 carol services this year on Friday 21st December. The one in the afternoon is aimed at children, and the evening is directed towards the adults. In addition, we have a service on Christmas morning and a Family service on the Sunday following Christmas. I am preaching on the two Sundays leading up to Christmas (16th and 23rd). Brannockstown Baptist now has a new website here and facebook page here.
Teaching has continued, and I also have some work accompanying a singer who is visiting some residential homes to entertain the people there with a seasonal selection.
On Saturday evening we went to an event that Senator Ronan Mullen put on. He is an independent Senator, and speaks on moral and ethical issues, such as abortion, which has been much in the news over the past few weeks. There were a lot of people there, from a wide age range. Assuming that most people that were there agree with him, the liberal view may be widely accepted, but it there are still many, including younger people, that don’t hold to it.
Returning to the Christmas motif, we have now put the tree up, decorated our apartment, including Christmas lights – visitors have commented on how festive things look!
Today is a busy day. I am writing this at Carousel Creates, overlooking a misty Dublin. Later we are going into town to meet some friends and then go to an Iona Institute meeting to be addressed by John Waters.
Joy to the world – the Lord has come!