Advent - Christmas 2018

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Psalm 126:3  The LORD has done great things for us, and we rejoiced.

            In meditating on Psalm 126 this day in the season of Advent, we acknowledge that God has done great, wondrous and mysterious things in and amongst us. Maybe this is what Advent and Christmastide is all about, persevering through the difficult with hope and peace, and knowing all the while that God is with us. 

            Christmas is heralded each Advent Sunday in our parishes in Peace, Hope, Joy and Love, tempered with the reality of our brokenness, it is in the balance of the expected and desired, reality and truth that we reach out to the promise and gift of God Almighty, revealed in the true gift of Christmas... in Christ. 

Christmas is not just about gifts, but acknowledging our relationships and familial ties, in the coming together to celebrate Gods' blessing and faithfulness to us all in the seasons past. This is the reason we come together to worship, to sing our songs of praise and to rejoice, for we do it as a people of God and family of faith... that love and forgive, as we are loved and forgiven in the faithfulness of God. 

            I am thankful to all our Clergy in and outside the Diocese as they give of themselves the parish family, often they are alone away from their family and they celebrate as they can in and through the many services and needs. I am thankful for all who serve the church in so many and varied ways through this most blessed and busy season, especially for those who serve behind the scenes to lift up worship and enable smooth procession. I am thankful for everyone's gift of your ministry, as we walk together to Christmas morning, where once again we remember and celebrate the one true and glorious gift given of God to all in the world. 

Truly, God has done great things for us, and we rejoice!!!

Christmas Peace and + + +Blessings,

+ Chris and Tracy