From the Manse December 2019

Dear Friends,

May I offer you, on behalf of the church, greetings for this Christmas season.

Yes, once again we will be celebrating the birth of Jesus our Saviour through music, liturgy and the retelling of the nativity story. Information about our Christmas services can be found on page 14 of this newsletter.

In our services, we often focus on the baby Jesus and forget the role others play in the nativity story. Long before Jesus was born, God worked through a village carpenter and his young bride.

Later, the birth of Jesus was shared with a sympathetic inn keeper, rough shepherds, foreign academics and even a psychopathic king. All were important in the story of the birth of Jesus; each had a role to play.

When we think about the life of our church, we realise that it involves the time and talents of many people to make it work. We are grateful to all those who help make the church as effective in mission as it is.

Maybe at this Christmas season you may consider what you can offer for the life of the church? As Christina Rossetti's hymn 'In the bleak mid-winter' says:

“What shall I give Him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd I would bring a lamb;
If I were a wise man I would play my part;
yet what I can I give Him give my heart.” (Singing the Faith 204)

We recognise that, while we enjoy our celebrations this Christmas, for some people the celebrations are tinged with sadness this year, and our thoughts and prayers go out to them at this time. Once again, I wish you all a happy Christmas and peaceful new year, and may our lives be filled with the light, joy and peace of the Christ child.

Grace and Peace to you

Alan