Christmas morning at the bandstand was accompanied by the most beautiful festive birdsong.

May we…

Liturgy for Christmas Day……….

As the light begins to shift
and a crack appears in heaven.
As stars slide across the darkness
and angels clear their throats.
As an unborn agitates
with the labouring of love

may we…

as incarnation moves from promise
into life.
As words of prophecy
spill into every empty silence.
As you, O Love, shift restlessly
and begin to let go

may we…

as the world turns
and the rumour goes unnoticed.
As grandiose words are spoken
yet never contain the word.
As the longing and waiting and calling
are missed

may we…

may we shift restlessly along with heaven
at the breath-taking vulnerability of hope,
speak  justice into the silence of injustice,
move towards those, others move away from,
may we forgive in order to bring new life to the world,
prepare to change as all of heaven changes now,
live towards what is right and away from what is wrong.

May we pull on the hope of Advent
live on the cusp of incarnation
and proclaim with our lives
the Good News
of promise
of hope in a messy world
of Emmanuel…..

may we…
may you
make way
for birth

for God with us!

(With thanks to


For God to become a baby he had to
Squeeze himself into a small space
Confine himself into a fallible body
Restrict himself to humanity
Reduce himself to limited movements
Become weak and vulnerable
Rely on humans to take care of him
For Christ to become one of us
He had to be born like us
The light was hidden within the womb
The thirst quencher received refreshment from the breast of Mary
The bread of life had to learn how to eat
The one who holds us, first had to be held
The Lover was loved
The way had to learn to walk
The word had to learn to speak
The creator taught how to create
This is our GOD

James Hawes


It was the first Christmas and

God giggled
God farted
God burped
God gurgled
God needed a cuddle
God was a baby

Christmas reminds us:

That we don’t have to find God, he finds us in our humanity
We don’t have to go up – he came down
We find God in the physical, in our bodies, in material, in humanity.
God became one of us!

James Hawes

Our Christmas morning gathering in the park ended with a rendition of ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’.