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True Discipleship

We are at the threshold of another Christmas and as you know by now, I am very fond of both Hymns and carols. So for this year’s message I want to turn to carol Number 468 in Caneuon Ffydd - songs of Faith - Towards Bethlehem.

The author of the Carol is Wil Ifan  - and what an excellent Carol it is  - the tune composed by David Evans adding something special to the atmosphere. If I ask the wonderful organists of Carmel  - and that very nicely  - I am sure we’ll have an opportunity to sing it at least once during the Advent.

Wil Ifan places great store on the interpretation of Mathew’s Gospel, which of course includes reference to Herod  - Herod who muddies the waters of what could be a nice sugary story. The wise men are also part of the story. They offered Jesus gifts of gold, frankincense and Myrrh and because they were warned in a dream to avoid Herod they went home another way in case the king questioned them about the birth of the Saviour of the World.

In the first verse there is a gracious invitation for us to join the wise men on their journey to Bethlehem to worship the baby with hearts full of thanksgiving because a Saviour has been born. And as we come to Jesus to present ourselves as a living sacrifice.

Jesus demands the very best we have to offer in worship and service and it is our privilege to journey towards Bethlehem to see and acknowledge Jesus as the king and Saviour of mankind.


The hymnist is spot on

“Love so amazing so divine

Demands my soul, my life, me all.”



Vincent Watkins


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Rev. H. Vincent Watkins

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