Christmas Preaching

This year I was on the rota to preach at nearly all our Christmas services at St. Pancras. For the past few months I’ve been moving away from using a full script for preaching and have generally been happy with the results. (PGP students should take note, however, this is a process that has taken over a decade, so I’m not advocating this for preachers who are starting out.)

With only scant notes saved for posterity (and in some cases, no notes at all) I thought it would be worth recording my sermon ideas and outlines somewhere, so here they are. Some were also recorded and put on the sermon podcast, but most were not.

15th Dec – Pennycross School Carol Service (Whole School)
Matthew 2:2 “We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him”

Very short (I thought, they didn’t) introduction to the school carol service. Looking at seeking out ways to worship Jesus this Christmas.

15th Dec – All Saints Academy Carol Service (Compulsory for Year 7’s)
Luke 1:46-55 (Mary’s Song – The Magnificat)

Same main outline as the Carol Service on the 18th, but with more of an apologetics angle on ‘God is Powerful’.

18th Dec – Morning Service
Luke 1:39-56 (Mary and Elizabeth)
Audio Recording

  • Before Sermon: The Virgin Birth – Picking up on last week’s comments
  • Elizabeth is a model of:
  • 1) The Spirit’s Work (v39-42)
  • 2) Humility (v43)
  • 3) Joy (v44-45)
  • Verses 46ff were left for the evening.

18th Dec – Carols by Candlelight
Luke 1:46-55 (Mary’s Song – The Magnificat)
Audio Recording 

  • Introduction – Exchange between US warship and a Lighthouse
  • We can worship Jesus because:
  • 1) He is powerful (v46-51) – creation testifies to God’s power
  • 2) He is Just (v51-53) – he deals with the problem of sin
  • 3) He keeps his promises (v54-55) – he will return

Christmas Eve – Christingle and Messy Church
Standard ‘What does a Christingle represent?’ talk

Christmas Eve – Midnight Communion
Luke 2:1-20 (Jesus’ Birth and the Shepherds)

  • Intro: Occupy Movement – Why would God choose to be born in this way?
  • 1) Jesus chose the stable (even though it was beneath Him)
  • 2) Jesus chose the cross (even though he didn’t deserve it)
  • 3) Jesus chooses His followers (even though we’ve done nothing to earn it)

Christmas Day – Family Communion
Luke 2:8-20 (Angels & Shepherds)
Especailly: 2:12 “This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger”

The baby in the manger is a sign that:

  • Intro: The most overzealous security guard, a sign to recognise the sovereign.
  • Innkeeper Video
  • The baby in a manger is a sign that (Luke 2:12):
  • 1) What impresses us is not necessarily what impresses God.
  • 2) Jesus didn’t come to be served but to serve.
  • 3) ? (Can anyone remember my third point?)

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