Journeys to the Manger
Christmas 2017 Botley Baptist Church where the journeys of our lives come together in fellowship, worship, study and outreach, to the glory of God!
This Christmas, starting with the first Sunday in Advent (26 November) we shall journey alongside those who journeyed to the manger where Jesus was born. Although there is no written record in the Bible that Zechariah and Elisabeth journeyed to the manger, given Mary’s close relationship with Elisabeth, it might not be a stretch of the imagination that the elderly couple might have also journeyed to the manger; after all the lives of their first-born sons were woven together in Heaven! God directs ALL journeys of life when we act in obedience to Him. - In obedience to God’s specific direction, and against the odds Zechariah and Elisabeth conceive a son - In obedience to the law of the land Joseph and Mary journey to Bethlehem - In obedience to the instruction of God Joseph takes Mary to be His wife - In obedience to the leading by God’s created order Wise men follow a star - In obedience to God’s specific command Shepherds - “Go and you will find…" Wise men act in obedience to God Joseph acts in obedience to God and leaves for Egypt …and there were others too! What about the “host of angels” who left Heaven to announce Jesus birth, and inn keeper and who knows how many others? Join us as we explore these journeys, understand the risks involved in each journey, and the reward of obedience to God’s plan, direction and instruction.
THEME FOR CHRISTMAS 2017 - JOURNEYS TO THE MANGER and BEYOND!
Journey 1 “The Journey Begins”
Mary & Elizabeth
Traditional Christmas Carol Service
Jazz Christmas Carol Sing-along
Mary and Joseph (to Bethlehem)
Gloria is Excelsis Deo
Journey 7 “Pack up and Move!”
The Journey Forward - Joy and Dangers
2018 7 January
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Minister Kalyan Das Secretary Edward Beaver Treasurer Alan Woodward Editor & Accounts Gillian Guest DEACONS Penelope Allen Janet Harris Tracey Samways Marian Woodward _________ Phone 07841 867 967 Email email@example.com Website www.botleybapstistchurch.org