THE BIG DAY: Reverend John Thornton of the Lismore Uniting Church preparing for Christmas Day service.
THE BIG DAY: Reverend John Thornton of the Lismore Uniting Church preparing for Christmas Day service. Doug Eaton

Reverend John getting ready for biggest day of the year

REVEREND John Thornton may not have decided which tie he is going to wear to lead the Uniting Church in Lismore's Christmas Day service.

But, he has started writing his sermon for what is traditionally the church's largest service of the year.

"The church is always full on Christmas day," Mr Thornton said.

"I've started writing my sermon for Christmas Day, but I haven't started next Sunday's," he said with a small degree of panic.

And while Mr Thornton said it's not usually the regular congregation who fill the pews on Christmas day, fair-weather Christians who tend to only come to church at Easter and Christmas are no problem for the Rev.

"It's terrific to see people come along to church on Christmas day, even if that's the only time of the year they come," he said.

While being a Reverend of the Uniting Church, means Mr Thornton doesn't have any robes to get dry cleaned or order a stock pile of hostia, the minister does have a lot of preparation to do to make the service new and exciting.

"We all know the same old story of Christmas," Mr Thornton said.

"The hard thing is connecting the story with life today in the Lismore region and remembering it's 2013 not 1958."

Mr Thornton said he has plans for the congregation to sing a contemporary version of the traditional carol the Little Drummer Boy on Christmas day, but he would not be drawn on whether or not he would be rapping the lyrics or adding a techno drum riff.

He said Christmas is a time for the community to reflect on what giving gifts is all about and welcomed anyone who was interested in thinking about the story of Christmas more deeply to come to church on December 25.


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