Christmas Week

(24 - 31 December)

We recommend that you read the Scripture passage and short reflection in our “Advent Readings” on the Sunday of each week – beginning on the first day of Advent: Sunday, 27 November. You can reflect on it all week. Below are some additional resources for consideration, wondering, and worship during this season. Enjoy! 



Isaiah 9:2-7  |  Ihāia 9:2-7      
Isaiah 52:7-10  |  Ihāia 52:7-10                
Psalm 98  |  Waiata 98
Hebrews 1:1-12  |  Ngā Hiperu 1:1-12
John 1:1-14  |  Hoani 1:1-14

*Note: For those who follow the Lectionary Calendar and Church Year, Advent 2022 marks the beginning of cycle or “Year A”. The weekly Scripture passages in our readings are from each Sunday of Advent – with the exception of Epiphany. If you would like additional Bible readings, you can follow along with the daily recommended readings for this season. 

From: Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia

You can download the 2022 (for Advent and Christmas) and 2023 (up to Epiphany) versions of the lectionary.

Another resource is the Vanderbilt Divinity Library



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CHRISTMAS & EPIPHANY: The King has come!

You can find songs about Christ’s joyous arrival in our Christmas & Epiphany playlist, along with songs about the incarnation and what it means that God became human and lived among his people. 

The first part of the playlist includes contemporary renditions of Christmas carols and hymns. The second part of the playlist includes sacred and choral music for the Christmas season. 





John 1:1-14

The green Greek is in the style of Papyrus 52 (c.100). Purists will say not a literary hand, far too plain. But John was a plain man, a fisherman with a small pen in a thick hand. The white is rough, as befits a rough life in a rugged country with survival hardly possible. Writing the words took hold of me and grew larger. These are big words about a Big Man, God's own Word made Man. No paint can capture them. They sing alone. The translation is a mixture of KJV and NIV and my own. When my granddaughter asked if it was my own translation I replied:

"So you could tell, huh? Yes. Pretty awful in parts. "They slammed the door in his face" is nothing like the Greek which simply says "did not receive him." But hey the KJV translated "they cast the same in his teeth" where the Greek simply says... something much milder with no "teeth." However, by way of justification Prof Blaiklock pointed out ta idia is idiomatic Greek for "Home." Ta idia = one's own things - the place where one keeps one's belongings. So "He went home, and his own family slammed the door in his face." That is the true meaning of the Greek. Sometimes a paraphrase is more accurate than word for word."

"No room!" The innkeeper slammed the door in Joseph's face. Desperate, Joseph hammered harder:

"I said no room!" 

"My wife is about to have a baby!" 

"All we have is a cowshed. Try that." 

"Where?" 

"Where the cows are." 

"Thank you." 

"You're welcome." 

Welcome in your heart too?


Chris Strom, NZBTI Alumni



Ready and Waiting

Yeshua
You came…
uninvited

Sent by Your Father
cocooned
in a womb
Thrust
into the mess
tiny, helpless

A mother, young
disgraced
not by You…
but by the ignorant
the arrogant

A woman
favoured
chosen
READY
Entrusted with
the greatest GIFT

Trust…
That’s what You had
complete trust
in Your Father’s plan
Humbled
laid bare
The WORD

THE Word
God Incarnate
sent Himself
embodied
in the Word

A creative Word
planted
in the darkness
of a womb
WAITING
to bring forth LIFE

For God, You are ready
watching
anticipating
that Your Word will be fulfilled
for eternity
Through us…

Help me be ready
and waiting

© 2021 Barbara J. Harry, BCNZ Alumni



Miriam Fisher (Location Lead & Lecturer - Education, Ōtautahi/Christchurch), has prepared an activity based on the theme of each week of Advent. You can download this week's right here.


These may need amending to suit the age and stage of those in your whānau but we hope they will offer you an opportunity to engage in this season simply and meaningfully with your tamariki. You might come up with new variations!