Friday, December 29, 2006

christmas worship 1


This worked well as Christmas worship. I hung 4 nappies across the front. My (sermon) reflected on Christmas in the 4 gospels:

: Luke’s Christmas is the stuff of childhood carols
: Mark’s Christmas has no Christmas and Jesus is an adult, announcing the Kingdom
: Matthew’s Christmas includes foreigners
: John’s Christmas is God giggling.

On each nappy was a different visual image, taken from a contemporisation of the Book of Kells. The images had been digitally scanned and, using inkjet printer transfer paper, ironed onto the nappy. So each nappy represented a different gospel.

So the Christmas response was the invitation for people to come and rip a piece off the nappy from the Christmas that most challenged them. So if you look closely, John’s gospel got a thrashing.

Posted by steve at 09:04 AM


  1. Steve, mate, you’re amazing….that’s awesome!

    Comment by christherev — December 30, 2006 @ 7:46 am

  2. Thanks for sharing the service – I missed most of Christmas this year so was nice to catch up. I tried to find a pod cast of a service as I was stuck at home but couldn’t – there’s a challenge for you in that!!

    Comment by jowall — December 30, 2006 @ 8:08 am

  3. thanks Chris. it was actually a really simple idea; i simply wanted to make each gospel “stand out” and throught visuals would help that; and then wondered how that visual thread could flow through the service.

    Comment by steve — December 30, 2006 @ 9:39 am

  4. that’s great – you inspire me! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Comment by Deborah Taggart — December 30, 2006 @ 8:03 pm

  5. Hello Steve, I’m from Toronto Canada, and just finished your book. Just wanted to say thank you for your insights.


    Comment by Lon — December 31, 2006 @ 3:47 pm

  6. way cool – aren’t nappies the same as diapers in American?

    Comment by Makeesha — January 7, 2007 @ 5:37 pm

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