So, it'll be Leonard Cohen and Caravaggio who form the backdrop of the sermons this Christmas.
Cohen tonight, at our joint service with the URC, using the charting of Hallelujah (how surreal is that?) to allow me to talk about the second verse of Suzanne, the one that says of Jesus 'And when he knew for certain/only drowning men could see him/he said 'all men will be sailors then/until the sea shall free them.'
Caravaggio on Sunday: his wonderful nativity stolen from a Sicilian church 40 years ago that draws the eye to the light of the infant in the feeding trough. We'll be asking what difference does looking make?
Tomorrow it's why Christina Rossetti's In the Bleak mid-winter is my favourite carol.
And we're done. Another Christmas prepared for.
It just remains for me to say happy Christmas to all of you who pass this way - intentionally or by accident. Hopefully we'll talk soon.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
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