Pastor’s Thoughts – December 2015

Dear friends,

Advent is here again and Christmas is just around the corner. There is something for all the family over the next few weeks. I can’t guarantee that there won’t be any repeats during that time but if there are they will be less annoying than those on the television.

Of course some things are classics and we don’t mind watching them over and over again. The familiarity of some Christmas things gives people a sense of warmth and occasion. So every family has its own traditions at this time of year and we get used to Bing and Noddy singing some very familiar words to us.

We have a genuine Christmas message that is worth repeating: God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

In the light of recent events we see how much the world needs this message and to recognise the presence of the Prince of Peace. A world full of conflict has been brought to our doorsteps but we also know the solution to the troubles of the world. It is the baby born in a stable in a half forgotten village called Bethlehem. Not only did he grow up to declare that: Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called children of God (Matthew 5:9), he went on to make peace between us and God. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace… (Ephesians 2:13-14a).

His sacrifice for us on the cross makes peace possible and makes transformation a reality. How our world needs to be transformed! So please think about who you can involve in our Christmas celebrations This may be the only time of year that people are happy to talk about Jesus! Take some of our invitations for your friends, neighbours and family and offer them the best Christmas and the best Christmas present that they could ever know.

On behalf of Steph and myself I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a blessed New Year.

Yours in Christ
John