This Month's Message

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My Life is my Message." Mahatma Gandhi

Revd. Jane Holmes

Team Rector

                                                                            

 

 

 

December 2018

Christmas is coming!

How are your Christmas preparations coming together this year? We are now in the season of Advent which runs from Sunday 2nd to Mon 24th December.  Advent is a time for getting our priorities right and getting ready before Christmas.

It seems most of the TV adverts at the moment are presenting us with a perfect Christmas.  Apparently, all we need is Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury’s. ALDI or LIDL to ensure a perfect Christmas.  Oh, and don’t forget ARGOS if you want to avoid the Christmas gremlins (or fools) as the advert puts it!  We are being invited everywhere to buy into a guaranteed perfect Christmas. But as we all know, the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry!

Perhaps they go awry because our preparations are focussing on the wrong priorities.

Christmas means many different things to many different people. To some, it is all about getting together with the family. For others, it is all about making sure the children or the grand children have a great time. Or maybe you think it is all about eating the biggest and most extravagant meal of the year!

For many Christmas is about anticipating traditions. The scents, sights and sounds of the season - pine needles, sausage rolls cooking on Christmas Eve, candles in church, decorations, lights, carols, and church bells at midnight. 

For others it’s all about the gifts and the excitement of expectation – whatever can possibly be in that parcel under the tree?  

But then there’s the awe of it all as we picture a mother and father, shepherds, kings, and the angels of heaven around the manger.  Whatever you are looking forward to at the heart of all our activities and celebrations lies the arrival of a baby. 

When God gave that first Christmas, he gave himself.

His gift to us was his love, his peace, his joy. He came to share our human life so that we might understand his presence with us and his love for us. None of the things God gave to the world can be bought from Tesco’s and wrapped up. They are gifts that cannot be shopped for or summed up with a price tag.

So; if you are thinking of coming to church this year don’t just do it for the children. Do it as your response to God’s love for you. 

We do hope you will join us.  We have a whole range of services to choose from so there should be something to suit everyone.  There’s something so special about being in your local parish church at this seasonal time of year.

After all the biggest joy, the perfect Christmas, surely, is in gathering together. Jesus came among us and at Christmas time we gather together with one another as we gather around Him in a very special way.

Christmas and New Year blessings to you all

Much Love

Revd Jane

 


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