This is the script from my all-age talk yesterday:
What shape is Christmas for you?
Perhaps the outline of the manger, or the outline of a stable, or a star in the sky (normally a four-pointed star), or an angel.
Or it could be the shape of a Christmas tree, or a Christmas tree bauble. Or perhaps a cracker.
When Christmas comes to an end whatever shapes we have are put back in the boxes (nativity sets, Christmas tree baubles, leftover crackers) to be used next year. They make only a brief appearance before going into the loft.
If we’ve got a real Christmas tree perhaps we take all the decorations off it and cut it up for recycling. [Start taking the secateurs to the tree – leaving just the trunk and two cross branches.]
That’s the real shape of Christmas for me: Jesus comes to be our Saviour, Jesus comes to die for us on the cross.
Throughout the first Christmas we hear this message. The angel who appears to Joseph in Matthew 1:21 said: “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.’”
As the angels announced to the shepherds in Luke 2:11: “Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.”
So apart from a nice cosy feeling what does this leave us to do? As the shepherds shared the message so we’re to share with others around us. 1 John 4:14: And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Saviour of the world.