Not sure what an Ember Day is? Watch this video and find out! (Hint: it has nothing to do with fires.)
You can get the service sheet here if you’d like one: https://thoughtsfromareader.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Wednesday-Worship-24-February-2021-Ember-Day.docx
This week’s video is here!
This week I’ll be talking about St Scholastica, sister to the better known St Benedict.
Service sheet available here:
Also, thinking about Lent reading?
Why not try my book: Fruit of the Spirit: Reflections on Growing in Christ.
Available on Amazon or from https://thoughtsfromareader.com/eltisley-books-fruit-of-the-spirit/
A new video is here, in which I talk about Melchizedek.
You can get a service sheet here: Wednesday Worship 27th January 2021
I hope you’ve managed to have a good Christmas and New Year despite everything, and here’s hoping 2021 gets better!
I have a new video, on the new beginnings that God offers us:
If you’d like a service sheet there’s one here: https://thoughtsfromareader.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Wednesday-Worship-13-January-2021-New-beginnings.docx
A ‘Thought for the Day’ for Black Cat Radio
It may not have been the Christmas Day you were hoping for or expecting but I hope it was as good as it could be.
Now we’re on Boxing Day and you might wonder what that name is all about.
As it happens it has nothing to do with fighting or clearing up opened boxes. No-one’s exactly sure what it means but there are a few theories.
One idea is that it comes from the tradition of giving to the poor on St Stephen’s Day, which is the 26th December. This tradition started because St Stephen was not only Christianity’s first martyr but also known for being generous to the poor.
Another idea is that it comes from people seeking out boxes, or tips, from rich people they’d worked for during the year.
And a final idea is that it comes from servants being given the day off to celebrate Christmas after having to work on Christmas Day.
Now of course it’s connected with turkey sandwiches, sports and sales.
Whatever the reason for the name Boxing Day, though, and however we spend it, it really doesn’t mean the end of Christmas. In fact, in the church’s year it’s only day 2 of the twelve days of the Christmas season. But, even without that, there’s no reason why we can’t try to keep some of the Christmas spirit of giving, hope and togetherness alive all year round.
After all, the Christmas message isn’t just about making one day different but about making all days different, all year round.
So, Happy Boxing Day and best wishes for the New Year!
May the song of the angels,
the joy of the shepherds,
the wonder of the wise men,
and the peace of the newborn king
fill our hearts and homes
this Christmastime and always.
May the news of the angels fill your life and your heart with great joy.
May the star that guided the wise lead you to the truth of understanding.
May the witness of the shepherds affirm in you the message of the Gospel.
May the sound of the incarnate Word bring you peace and hope.
May the presence of the sacred baby remind you of your own holiness.
And may this Christmas gift you, bless, comfort you, inspire you,
as you journey into another year.
Here is the last Advent Wednesday Worship video, this time on birth and rebirth.
This is also the last Wednesday Worship for this year; watch this space to find out what will happen next year.
Service sheet here: Advent 4 – Birth and Rebirth
I hope you have a blessed and joyful Christmas
Hope you’re all keeping well.
Here is the next Wednesday Worship for Advent. This time it’s on choosing God’s way. As an example, we look at the Virgin Mary as an example of freely offered obedience.
A service sheet is available here: