You may well have heard of the three hour Good Friday service; some of you will have even endured it. Well, this year I have spent absolutely ages cobbling together a three hour Christmas service for you to endure. But don't panic! It is nowhere near as dire as it might sound as it is, in fact, three "entertainments" seamlessly melded into one. The podcast kicks off with the traditional Saint Laika folk service of lessons and carols. Then follows a short service of holy communion for Christmas Day with music of a classical and contemporary nature. Finally there is an hour of just music that ranges from the ultra cool to the ultra silly. To be honest, and even though I say so myself, the whole thing is bloomin' fantastic.
God is always near to us. God loves us. But, faced with all the bad things that happen in the world and in our own lives, it is often difficult for most us to believe that. So, one of the main reasons why Jesus, the Son of God, who is himself God, left his heavenly home to become a flesh and blood human being, a baby boy, was to demonstrate to us that God is a close and loving God. To help his people remember this closeness, Jesus instigated the sacrament of holy communion in which we enact the reality of our communion with each other and with God.
At Saint Laika’s everyone is invited to receive communion and be in communion. There are no exceptions. If you have been pushed out of a church in the past or if you do not feel part of the institutional churches, for whatever reason, you are especially welcome here, and you will be among people who know exactly how you feel.
If you want to physically partake of communion you will require a small piece of bread and a small amount of drink (preferably made from grapes and containing alcohol). How you view the nature of this part of the service is completely up to you.
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