Monday, December 25, 2006

Christ is born!

Our rather ambitious razzle-dazzle sense-filled Christmas Story went off last night, almost without a hitch.

After not enough sleep (maybe 6 hours) I'm in the office again, preparing for Christmas Day service.

Then it's a bit of well-earned R & R for a couple of days.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Sense-filled Christmas story

Tonight we are telling the Christmas Story as a parish in the Dimboola church, because it is large enough (seats 300-350).

What a lot of people don't know is that it won't be the traditional nativity play.

We've blacked out the windows, and all the lights will be off except a few around the altar.

We'll burn frankincense, play recorded music, and have visuals on the screen to accompany the five themes:
fire, incense, the morning, metal, the night sky shines.

As well, there is an object for each theme - a "fire" of coloured cellophane with a torch; a bowl, supposedly containing incense; a picture of a sunrise, a sword, and a reproduction of Van Gogh's Starry Night.

On arriving, each worshipper will receive not a service order, but a book-mark which has on it these five objects/symbols, including a piece of tinfoil around one corner as a tactile thing.  On it is also printed “This very day in King David’s home town a Saviour was born for you.  He is Christ the Lord ... Praise God in heaven!  Peace on earth to everyone who pleases God.” Luke 2:11, 14

We hope that having something for four of the five senses (just not taste), plus a visual/tactile reminder to take home, will help to retain this message for the people.

Christ is born!  Let us rejoice and be glad!  A blessed mass of Christ to you all.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

wither the weather?

After a scorching weekend - temperatures in the high 30s and low 40s, we shivered yesterday (Monday) with barely 25 degrees.  It promises to be warmer again - up to 37 or so this week.

Monday, December 04, 2006

The scent of chocolate

Why is the smell of chocolate so enticing?

I have a block of Old Gold (Dark chocolate) open on my desk some 50 or 60cm from my nose as I type. The wafting bitter/sweet aroma was too much for me. With respect to chocolate, it seems the byword is "Lead me into temptation!"

Maybe this is why, when the pack is sealed closed I don't tend to go for it, but the moment it is open I keep going for one piece more!

Musing on a Monday on Martin's Mumbles.

It's been a full-on time - a baptism yesterday morning in Katyil meant some extra organising.  Also, last night the ecumenical telling of the Christmas story in the closed-off main street of Dimboola (Lloyd Street).

I'm posting on Monday, unusually, because we have a funeral this week of a man who died quite suddenly.  He was here just last Sunday at the confirmation of one his grandchildren.  Just as our Lord Jesus warned us in yesterday's Gospel - we must stay awake, lest we be caught off-guard.