Advent and Christmas greetings from your Rector


This year Advent Sunday falls on 1st December.  I have heard the season of Advent described as like the hush as the lights in the theatre are dimmed and we wait for the curtain to open.  During this year’s hush I’d like to invite you to journey through Luke’s Gospel with me.  Beginning on 1st December, each evening read one chapter from Luke’s Gospel.  There are 24 chapters, so by Christmas Day you will wake up knowing why we are celebrating Christmas.
 
Christmas is a time of year when we gather together as family, celebrating gifts and abundance together.  As communities we have lost people recently who mean a great deal to us, and for some Christmas this year will be especially hard.  For this reason, you will see a Blue Christmas service advertised in this magazine.  It is a service shining light and hope into the darkness of grief and isolation, giving space and time to bring our burdens to God, being true to our feelings of hurt and loss at a time of year when it is difficult.
 
You will also find our usual pattern of Christmas celebration services including Christingles and Crib services, and the special Midnight Service as we celebrate Jesus’ arrival.  Christ mass, the celebration of Christ, or to put it more simply Jesus’ birthday, is a special day for all of us.  I wish you all a wonderful advent and Christmas period as you encounter God’s presence amongst your presents.

God bless you all

Revd Chris

                        

Morning Prayer: every Wednesday in November, 9am at St John's Maesbrook