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Message from Rev'd JemMessage from Rev,d Jem

Message from Rev'd Jem

As we approach Christmas, we join in the Advent preperations. Some of us will be stringing lights around our house, or putting up a Christmas tree or wreath and decorating it or hang up stockings. Many of us will buy presents to give to those who are close to us and buy an abundance of food to be consumed for the Christmas feast. Some of us will go to church and a very few of us will fast.

Yet if we do any or all of these and do not remember the reason at the heart of our preperations and celebration, then we miss the point!

Lights remind us of the coming of Christ - the light of the World, who shines the light of God's presence, love, wholeness and peace into the darkness of a broken and turbulent world.

The Christmas tree and Christmas wreath, remind us of the eternal hope and love found in Jesus. The decorations we add remind us of how we are a part of God's story in Christ today. The stockings reflect the story of Saint Nicholas ( of Santa Claus fame ) who brought God's love and care to others through his life.

The presents we give and receive remind us of the Magi who gave their gifts to Jesus' family - but also remind us that we should appreciate the gift of each other and the gift of Jesus. The feast we share with family and friends brings to mind the heavenly banquet that we can all partake of since we are part of God's family! God is our friend! This is why we go to church - as we are part of the family of God.

The feasting helps us to reflect on all that Christ gave up to be with us in the form of Jesus - God's gift of love in our world. What will we give up for God?

Let us put Christ at the heart ofChristmas!

May the love of Christ bless us this Christmas and always

Blessings

Jem

Message from Rev,d Jem

As we approach Christmas, we join in the Advent preperations. Some of us will be stringing lights around our house, or putting up a Christmas tree or wreath and decorating it or hang up stockings. Many of us will buy presents to give to those who are close to us and buy an abundance of food to be consumed for the Christmas feast. Some of us will go to church and a very few of us will fast.

Yet if we do any or all of these and do not remember the reason at the heart of our preperations and celebration, then we miss the point!

Lights remind us of the coming of Christ - the light of the World, who shines the light of God's presence, love, wholeness and peace into the darkness of a broken and turbulent world.

The Christmas tree and Christmas wreath, remind us of the eternal hope and love found in Jesus. The decorations we add remind us of how we are a part of God's story in Christ today. The stockings reflect the story of Saint Nicholas ( of Santa Claus fame ) who brought God's love and care to others through his life.

The presents we give and receive remind us of the Magi who gave their gifts to Jesus' family - but also remind us that we should appreciate the gift of each other and the gift of Jesus. The feast we share with family and friends brings to mind the heavenly banquet that we can all partake of since we are part of God's family! God is our friend! This is why we go to church - as we are part of the family of God.

The feasting helps us to reflect on all that Christ gave up to be with us in the form of Jesus - God's gift of love in our world. What will we give up for God?

Let us put Christ at the heart ofChristmas!

May the love of Christ bless us this Christmas and always

Blessings

Jem