Sermon preached at St Luke’s Liverpool on December 22nd, 2013.
The Other Baby from Luke 1:67-80, looking at the birth of John the Baptist.
This year for our family Christmas service at St Luke’s we went with a “Summer Christmas” theme. Beach towels hanging along the wall and inflatable palm trees decorated with tinsel. After a game of thong tossing we had a look at what was happening in the coastal town of Paradise Bay as they prepared for Christmas.
There’s been some controversy over in England this week over a song written and performed by Tim Minchin. Recorded for the Jonathan Ross Christmas show, the song was pulled at the last minute for fear it may offend. Because the song was making fun of Jesus. The head of ITV got nervous that Christians would respond poorly and axed the song. You know what? I’m a card carrying Jesus lover. I’m a committed Christian and a minister in his church. And I found this song hilarious.
What did Jesus think about Christmas? What did he think was the reason he was on this earth? That was what my sermon was about on Sunday.
The clip is from Mission Impossible II. Tom Cruise as just climbed up a mountain. A helicopter comes out of nowhere and shoots a rocket into the ground next to Cruise. Tommy boy opens up the rocket to find a pair of sunglasses. When he puts them on, he receives his mission. Then after he has received his mission, he throws them away and they explode.
I’m a big believer that we need more explosions at Church. But no rector ever takes me seriously when I ask for a smoke machine…
What did Jesus think the point of Christmas was? Was it a birthday celebration or something more? That’s what I’ll be tackling in my sermon tomorrow.
Last Christmas, I had the privelege of preaching at our Church’s Christmas Day service. Me, being a guy who doesn’t know where the box is half the time, let alone think inside it, thought I’d be a bit creative with my sermon choice. So instead of preaching from one of the accounts of Jesus’ birth, I preached from Talledega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. I’d hoped to upload the sermon mp3, but some how I’m missing a huge chunk of it. So here is my best attempt to present my sermon in written form.