6 December 2014

7th December 2014

It was weird for Advent Sunday to actually be in November before anyone had opened their Advent Calendar. Today is officially Advent 2, and many churches are having their Christingles today. Here an army of Christingles is massing to take over the world:

Photo by Graham @ramtopsgrum who I knew 20 years ago on teacher training, and who then popped up again organising the #notgb40 hashtag for Greenbelt absentees last summer. Thanks Graham!

In case you don't know what a Christingle is, here's the song:

A Christingle Song (Tune: Give me oil in my lamp) 
The Christingle begins with an orange, telling us of the world God made.
For creation is full of his glory; all around we see his love displayed. 
Sing Christingle! Sing Christingle! Sing Christingle, it’s the light of Christ.
Sing Christingle! Sing Christingle! Sing Christingle, light of Christ. 

Every year we give thanks for the seasons, and the fruits of the earth to share.
The Christingle is here to remind us that the love of God is everywhere.
Sing Christingle...
God of love, we give thanks now for Jesus; we remember his birth again.
But the red ribbon round the Christingle tells the story of his cross and pain.
Sing Christingle... 
To complete the Christingle: a candle, shining out in the darkest night.
Jesus promised to lead us and guide us; come and celebrate the world’s true light!
Sing Christingle...

1 comment:

KirstenM said...

Many years ago a local vicar (NOT DP, I hasten to add) brought some Christingles to the Women's Fellowship Christmas Tea. On each cocktail stick he had impaled two jelly babies....