Love is a Gift
Just home after our Primrose Hospice 'Lights of Love' service at Beacon Church in Rubery. Claire Turner (Vicar of St Chad's) gave a wonderfully clear message linking 1 Corinthians 13 with this excellent video - Love is a Gift. Can I recommend that you watch and share it with others? As Claire said, this message is worth a lot more than the £millions spent on promoting well-known shopping outlets!
Our ‘Lights of Love’ services at Bromsgrove Methodist Church and St Stephen’s, Redditch last weekend were well received. In Bromsgrove I reflected on the Christmas 1914 truce during WW1 and shared some words from the poems of Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy, AKA ‘Woodbine Willie’. You might like to check out the song I wrote about him and recorded on ‘People & Places’. Paul & Jane Edwards sang two songs – ‘Little Universe’ and ‘This Small Song’ – which fitted the atmosphere so well. I think they won a whole bunch of new ‘shining friends’!
We had between 500-600 people at our two Mary Stevens Hospice 'Tree of Light' services, held outside in the grounds for the first time in many years. The numbers attending certainly confirmed the popularity of our decision to move the events back to the hospice grounds in front of the special tree.
Although referred to as a ‘service’, there was a varied programme which included music from Black Country Brass (who created a great atmosphere), the Mary Stevens Hospice Choir and local singer Eddy Morton. Eddy’s beautiful song ‘Lighthouse’ was spot on! We also sang ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’, which I introduced by reflecting on the first Christmas after my dad died and the hope held out to us in the name ‘Immanuel’. The great thing about carols is that people like singing them even if they don’t believe in the story!
How silently, how silently
The wondrous gift is given!