St. David’s Church, Broom Leys
“Out of the believer’s heart shall flow streams of living water”
‘Growing in Christ, living in faith’
SHARING THE REAL MESSAGE OF CHRISTMAS
By the time you read this many of you will I am sure be well into your preparations for Christmas. You will be buying cards and presents to be sent and given, buying food to be eaten and drink to be consumed, and welcoming and visiting family and friends. For many of us there is just so much to be done and organised and that can detract from the joy of the season.
But we know that this is not the real meaning of Christmas. The real meaning is that we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. It is sharing this message that should be our focus, and Christmas is a wonderful time when we can do this. Many of those around us appear to feel the need to reconnect with church at this time of year and we can and do create opportunities for them to do this.
We do this in many ways and on many occasions; through our Carols in Candlelight service, through our Christingle service, through sharing in Sing Christmas at the Lady Jane, through our Nativity service and through the carol services we host for our local schools. But we also share the message of Christmas through our Posada figures journeying across the community, through our visits to Tillson House and the hospital and through the welcome we offer to our November fair.
But there are other ways in which we can share the message of Christmas, for example by buying toys for a shoebox as part of Operation Christmas Child and by being part of the collecting of food for the FoodBank. All of these and many more besides can play a part in sharing the true meaning of Christmas with those around us.
It is true that Christmas and Easter offer us excellent opportunities to share the message of love and forgiveness that Jesus brought. But as God’s church we should seek opportunities across the whole year.
We will all have a wonderful opportunity at the end of January 2018 to play our part in this work. This will be when Bishop Martyn visits us for a long weekend, to engage in a series of Big Conversations across our community. The focus will be on mission and sharing the good news of Jesus, and we can all do this through sharing our own faith journey and the difference Jesus makes to our life.
We are arranging for Bishop Martyn to spend time in our schools, engage in conversations in person and via Hermitage FM and to speak with many people across the parish. We hope and pray that this weekend will lead to many taking major steps in their journey of faith and many acknowledging Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. These new believers will need a welcoming, loving and nurturing church to settle and grow in and they will need support and friendship. Being part of this welcoming, loving and nurturing church is also our privilege and our responsibility.
So please join with me as we pray that our Christmas season proves to be a springboard into 2018 and that the Holy Spirit continues to move mightily across this community bringing people to God.
Reverend Andrew Rhoades, December 2014
Message for December 2017/January 2018
Reverend Andrew Rhoades
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