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 In This Issue: Christmas 2002 
   New format newsletter
   Christmas Jokes
   Peace Child Christmas Cards and CD
   Christmas - where is the Child?
   Help get Peace Child to number one
   Free songs
 New format newsletter
Welcome to the FW Christmas Newsletter. We've taken the bold (and risky?!) step of changing the way we send the newsletter, so if you are reading this in an "HTML enabled" email programme, then you should be seeing some images and neat formatting. I do hope you're happy with the new format - do let me have any feedback.

The really good news is that the advertising, which Topica had imposed on our previous list format, has now gone - we're paying a small monthly amount for that privelege, but think it's worth it, as I'm sure that your inbox is as full of spam as mine is.

Wishing you peace, joy and blessing this Christmas and into 2003.

Any comments or feedback? Let us know!

Happy Christmas!
 Peace Child Christmas Cards and CD
New this year, the popularity of the Peace Child Christmas cards and CD has taken us by surprise, and we've sent out thousands of cards so far. The first run of CD's went within a couple of weeks, as churches and individuals responded enthusiastically to the concept of a Christmas card with a difference - the interactive CD is ideal as a "low key" evangelistic tool to send to non-Christian family and friends, as well as being ideal for Christians as well.

Many churches ordered in bulk to use the cards as invitations to their Christmas services, or to give to visitors at those services. Individuals too have ordered cards and CDs to give to family and friends.

We've just taken delivery of more CD's, and if you're quick, it's not too late to order - we'll deliver immediately by first class, so you've just got time!

Proceeds from the cards are going towards the Family Worship Rwanda children's CD, as well as the Ichthus Primary School - an inner-city church school in south London that is also attended by many non-Christian children.

Order your Peace Child Christmas Cards and CD's now

Peace Child
 Help get Peace Child to number one
We were thrilled that Peace Child has been chosen by the UK mp3.com site as one of their "Top Ten" Christmas songs for 2002. As you can imagine, there are a number of songs on mp3.com that are highly secular in their content, so we're delighted that a song with the true message of Christmas is featured that will be heard by thousands of non-Christians.

Will you help try to get the song to number one in the chart? Each play that the song gets counts as one vote, so if you're able to visit the link below and play Peace Child, then that will be a big help! It's completely free to play the song. Many thanks for your help.

Especially at this time, as the world seems so far from peace, please join us in praying that the song will be used to touch hearts and lives this Christmas.

Play the song - visit mp3.com now

Top Ten Christmas Songs at mp3.com
 Christmas Jokes
One consistent comment on the FW newsletter has been that people really appreciate the jokes, so despite the new format, don't worry, the jokes will remain! Here's a seasonal selection:

Two little boys were staying with their grandparents. While kneeling to say their bedtime prayers the smallest boy began yelling his prayer at the top of his lungs: "DEAR GOD, FOR CHRISTMAS I'D LIKE A PLAYSTATION, A BIKE, A SCOOTER, NEW VIDEO GAMES..."
His brother asked him, "Why are you yelling? God can hear you; He's not deaf." The younger brother replied, "I know God's not deaf, but grandma is..."

Do you know what would have happened if it had been Three Wise Women instead of Three Wise Men?

They would have asked directions, arrived on time, helped deliver the baby, cleaned the stable, made a casserole and brought practical gifts.

This is my favourite Christmas joke (draw your own conclusion about what that says about me!):

Good King Wenceleslas went out to Pizza Hut and ordered a pizza. The assistant asked: "What kind of base do you want?"

"Oh, the usual", said the King : "Deep pan, crisp and even!"

And my second favourite:

Father Christmas and Mrs Christmas were arguing about the weather - Mrs Christmas was insisting that it was going to rain, but Father Christmas was sure it would snow. Father Christmas asked her: "How can you be so sure?" "Oh, I asked Rudolf", she answered. "Ha! What does Rudolf know?" Father Christmas retorted. "Now, then" said Mrs Christmas gently, "Rudolf the red knows rain, dear!"

Need more jokes? Check out the KidsZone

Smile!
 Christmas - where is the Child?
This article by Luis Palau is reprinted with kind permission

"Many years ago a wealthy family decided to have their newborn baby baptized in their enormous mansion. Dozens of guests were invited to the elaborate affair, and they all arrived dressed in the latest fashion. After depositing their elegant wraps on a bed in an upstairs room, the guests were entertained royally. Soon the time came for the main purpose of their gathering, the infant's baptismal ceremony. But where was the child? No one seemed to know.

The child's governess ran upstairs, only to return with a desperate look on her face. Everyone searched frantically for the baby. Then, someone recalled having seen the child sleeping on one of the beds. The baby was on a bed, all right--buried underneath a pile of coats, jackets and furs. The very object of that day's celebration had been forgotten, neglected, and nearly smothered!

I can't help but remember that story as I walk along busy city streets during this holiday season. Everywhere I look I see lights, tinsel, trimmings and trappings. Shoppers loaded down with expensive gifts that may take the next year to pay off. And I ask myself, "Is this Christmas?"

Where is the Child whose birthday we celebrate?

During the first Christmas, wise men from the East came to the city of Bethlehem, looking for the Christ Child. They came searching for One who would become the Savior of the world. Today, if we were to search for Jesus in the homes and streets of our towns and cities, would we find Him?

The Other Christmas

You see, there are actually two Christmases. One Christmas is that of commercialism and the excesses of overeating, overdrinking, and overspending. The other Christmas is one of love, joy, hope, peace, and adoration of the One whose birthday we are invited to celebrate.

According to the Bible, the real Christmas is a vivid demonstration of God's love--"This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins" (1 John 4:9-10).

Jesus Christ was God's love gift to the world. He came into the world, was born of a virgin, and lived among men. The Christ Child of that first Christmas became the One who sacrificially died for the sins of the world and who rose again by the power of God. That is why, as we read in Romans 6:23, "the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."

To experience and know God's gift of eternal life, you must receive Christ. "To all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God" (John 1:12). "

Visit Luis Palau's site for more inspirational articles

Where is the child?
 Free songs
As a non profit organisation, making our songs freely available has always been a core part of our vision. (One reason for that is to do something in a small way to go against the tide of increasing comercialism in the worship music "industry")

We're in the process of re-designing the Songs pages on the FW site, to make it even easier to find and download the free MP3's, Sheet Music, Lyrics, Guitar Chords, etc.

Feedback welcome!

http://www.familyworship.org.uk/songs.htm

Check out the new songs page

Check out the new songs page
This newsletter is written by Mike Burn and is published by Family Worship Resources, part of Ichthus Christian Fellowship, London, UK. Copyright 2002, Mike Burn.

Inclusion of links and quotations does not imply full endorsement of the contents. The newsletter may be forwarded or reproduced in full or in part providing that the source is acknowledged.

Send comments or queries, or suggested articles or links for inclusion in future newsletters to MikeBurn@familyworship.org.uk

Thanks for reading, and if you've made it this far, or even if you just skipped to the end before hitting
delete, blessings to you in Jesus' name

Mike

 Family Worship Resources