The good ship oikumene (the Christian ecumenical movememt) can be a little wobbly sometimes... a small boat on a stormy sea, beset by squalls, sometimes leaky, sometimes people jump ship... but it's still good and I remain a fan.
This year, because of how the Sundays fall, we'll be joining two other congregations, one on Christmas Day, the other on New Year's Day. I am happy not only that these services are happening, but because, at least to a degree, they are really being shared. So in each of them, I've been invited to read the gospel, and in each of them I will be entrusted with some of the prayers. This is all good, and make my heart glad.
For much of the time I was in Dibley, by force of circumstance, our Christmas Day service was a village affair (the Anglicans had silly o'clock communion first) and it became quite integrated, with clergy and people sharing in the planning, preparation and delivery. I'm not suggesting that is the only model, or the best or right model, but it is a model.
So, anyway, this year on two Sundays, Baptists and Presbyterians will join together to worship the one whose birth we are recalling... and that has to be good.
Best get those prayers written for Sunday then!!