Our first Holy Communion of the year, led by The Rev`d Alison Hardy and ably assisted by the Rev`d Nicki Farr, was a lovely service, during which the three kings were placed in the crib by members of the congregation, Ray, Andrew and Virginia, and each said a prayer as they placed the kings in the crib.
The sermon was presented by Nicki, whereby the main pointers in the sermon were:
Follow the star
Search for the Christ-child
Bow down and worship
During the sermon Nicki made some very useful connections between the journey made by the wise men and our own personal journeys to meet with Christ. She pointed out the significance of the Kings not being of Jewish descent and so, like us, they were gentiles, and this underlines Christ’s message that he came to save us all.
It is well worth remembering that the Kings felt compelled to visit Herod en-route. This was a perfectly reasonable thing to do, because it seems perfectly logical to ask the king who was ruler of the Land as to where a new-born prince of peace might be? In that age there were probably many other kings, all of different backgrounds, ages and experience but all in common on the journey to find Christ - much the same as all of us today?
It was a very interesting sermon and made us all think about what gifts we have been given, and what gifts we can bring to Jesus.
It was so lovely to be able to participate in another Communion service, albeit a little ‘remotely’, but there was something special about breaking one’s own bread.
You would be more than welcome in our Church should you wish to attend a service of Holy Communion. These are held on the first Sunday of each month, albeit depending upon any restrictions brought about by Covid-19.