This was for an all age worship service on the Sunday immediately
following Christmas Day. So not a Christmas talk as such, but we were still all
feeling quite Christmassy. You can
listen to the talk on St James's web site.
a Christmas cracker from 2008 so I won't repeat
the instructions about how
to make it.
The main idea here was God's everlasting love, and
how it is revealed most perfectly in the gift of his Son, our Lord Jesus
The visual part of the talk was introduced by saying that the
worst thing about some Christmas gifts is that they don't last for ever:
batteries run flat by the end of the afternoon on Christmas Day; chocolates are
gone by Boxing Day; I had read my Tommy Cooper joke book in a couple of days.
(That was just an excuse for:
"I bought my wife a wooden leg for Christmas.
It wasn't her main present - it was just a stocking
Anyway, this year I had an everlasting cracker. The
congregation had to shout an everlasting BAAAANNNNGGGG!! and then we saw what
- A music gift card. I pretended to play the song on my phone and
over the church sound system came "Everlasting Love" by Love Affair, which got
to number 1 in the UK and Malaysian singles charts in 1968. (There is a
with lots of other tedious facts about this song.) Actually I had fiddled with
the recording using Wavepad sound
editor so it slowed to a crawl after a few bars - so not actually
- A giant packet of Extra Strong Mints. I found a cardboard tube
about 450mm long and 85mm diameter and reproduced the Extra Strong Mints
wrapper using Corel Draw. With the wrapper printed at A3 it covered the tube
nicely. Extra Strong Mints do last a very long time, but they're not
- A long string of
bunting, bought from
Party Delights. It
really was very long, and stretched the whole length of St James's. But even
though it was so long, it wasn't everlasting.
- The real everlasting gift was Jeremiah 31:3 : I have loved
you with an everlasting love. I printed it out at A0 on the plotter at work
this pdf file) and joined the bits end to end.
The talk on the passage highlighted a number of words beginning
with R. Firstly, God promised to:
- Redeem and
- Rescue the Israelites.
As a result they will be:
- Revived and
And in gratitude to God they must:
- Rejoice and
All this applies to us, through the life, death and resurrection
of Jesus Christ ; and in his saving work we see his everlasting
A cracker. It's about 2m long. Actually
it was red in the middle and yellow at the ends this time - this is the photo