This is a guest article from my dad, Roger Williams. Dad was due to preach at a little church north of Bradford last Sunday and was preparing his sermon whilst my mum was in hospital. After mum died, dad felt strongly that he had been given a message to bring and that he should fulfil… Continue reading Hope in the aftermath of grief
#WhatTheCarolsMean – Advent and Christmas 2022
As mentioned earlier this week, Advent begins today. You can find here on Faithroots, a series of videos where we look at some of the carols and advent hymns we sing at this time of year. I recommend you begin with this one You can have a look at all of them here.
Advent Reflections available from Faithroots
This year, Advent begins on the 27th November. Some Christians find it helpful during Advent and the lead up to Christmas to set aside time for reflection each day. The other year, I put together a series of short talks/meditations linking to specific carols. I’ve included a mixture of advent hymns such as “Oh Come… Continue reading Advent Reflections available from Faithroots
The mystery of love (Christians Awake)
Happy Christmas. Today we’ve a Christmas Day #DailyDose special introducing one of my favourite carols.
Because Jesus has come we have joy
What gives you joy and delight? I’m a Yorkshireman from Bradford in West Yorkshire. So, it gives me great joy every Christmas to get people singing a carol (Christians Awake) sung to the hymn tune “Yorkshire.” Thank you for making my joy complete every year! More seriously, and more joyfully. For some of us, we… Continue reading Because Jesus has come we have joy
O Come all ye faithful
The John’s Gospel carol
It came upon the midnight clear
What has Bethlehem to do with Babel?
In the bleak midwinter
What does it mean to “give my heart”?
Cradled in a manger meanly
For those who have winter but no Christmas!
As with gladness
Today’s carol looks at the Wise men. We have their example and that of Herod or the religious leaders. Intellectual curiosity if that Jealous, defensive scheming Wonder and worship How do we respond to Jesus? 1 As with gladness men of olddid the guiding star behold,as with joy they hailed its light,leading onward, beaming bright:so,… Continue reading As with gladness