“Christmas is just the beginning” – Bishops’ midnight message

In sermons that referenced Sainsbury’s supermarket and Monty the penguin, the Bishops of Bath and Wells and Taunton urged us all to remember that the next few days of celebration are just the beginning; that God is always with us and that “everyday is Christmas and everyday is Easter”.

Rt Revd Peter Hancock gave the Christmas Eve midnight sermon at Wells Cathedral – his first as Bishop of Bath & Wells – and Rt Revd Peter Maurice, Bishop of Taunton joined worshippers at Bath Abbey.

Peter Hancock reflected on the war and violence currently blighting the Middle East,  reminding us that the story of Jesus’ birth in a manger was not beautiful and that, likewise, there is “no beauty for those Palestinian families who have been forcibly displaced from their ancestral lands.”

Peter Maurice began his sermon with John Lewis’ Monty the penguin Vs the giggling Jesus of the Christmas starts with Christ ad campaign, saying, “The Christmas story is nothing like Monty, cute and cuddly.  There is more than a whiff of scandal about it…”

Download both sermons below.

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