Today is the first Sunday of Christmas in the Christian Calendar. It was my pleasure to be preaching again at GMC today where I spoke about the cost of discipleship. The readings from the Lectionary spoke of the massacre of the innocents, a sermon topic I have not heard abut before. We included a dialogue piece and the congregation were included in the delivery of prayers for others, with 13 voices from around the Church providing a different verse.
For my sermon I painted an alternative picture of the first Christmas, on of risk and inclusion by the Bethlehem community, a welcome that was to prove costly with Herod's maniacal response.
I linked this to the cost of discipleship and next weeks service which will be the annual covenant service.
During the sermon I spoke at some length off notes, talking about living conditions in 1st century Bethlehem.
I felt inspired during the service, that despite a challenging word, that the Spirit was with me.
The comments received afterwards were very positive indeed, which I am grateful for. A copy of my sermon can be found on my next post.