I wonder what do you like most about Christmas? Here are some suggestions; receiving Christmas cards from far away friends, buying a present that is going to make your loved one smile, eating naughty but nice food, seeing all the houses lit up with sparkling lights, and of course spending time with family. One of the things that I like is singing Christmas songs, especially carols.
For me there is something about carol singing that brings communities together. People of different church traditions, some with very little faith, and those full of faith come together. It brings the generations together as we sing familiar carols reminding us of Christmas’ past, and forming new memories in the present. Carols tell stories as they express and re-imagine the biblical narrative, which somehow come aliveto us as we sing them.
During the advent and Christmas services this year, we are going to be looking at the original Christmas songs that are found within scripture. In those songs we see something of what God gives us in his gift of Jesus. As we discover these together my hope is that this causes a sense of wonder and worship of who Jesus is for us and for the world around us. If you are unable to be with us this year, I do hope you find an opportunity to sing a carol - I especially enjoy the broadcast of carols from Kings College on Christmas Eve. Wherever you are this Christmas, can I invite you to wonder again at Jesus coming to earth for as John writes: “God so loved the world that he gave his only son that whoever believes in Him shall not die but have eternal life.” May you know this in your heart and the joy this brings.
If you are able please do join with us; as our poster and publicity says this year ‘come let us adore him.’ Let us come together as a church, as a community, as neighbours, to come and worship Jesus.
Have a wonderful Christmas and a peaceful new year.
Rev. Lucy Wright.
A Christmas Message from our Minister
The Nativity Story
The angel Gabriel spoke to Mary, "Greetings, you who are highly favoured! Do not be afraid. The Lord is with you. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High."