LiFT 23rd December
Hello lovely people, is it too early to wish you a Merry Christmas?
I ask because there are some in the Christian world who are very firm that Christmas doesn’t start until midnight mass, everything else before it is very firmly Advent. Whilst I understand the liturgical seasons, and agree with the principle, I can’t help feeling that it is just another bah humbug thing that sets Christians apart in a way that isn’t helpful.Why would we want to grumpy about this – Advent is a season of waiting, anticipation, preparing. As Christians we might have some ideas about what that looks like, but let’s be under no illusions – those who don’t believe in the coming of Christ still buy into the concept of a feast and festival, and prepare for it with great joy and anticipation. It’s all about looking for what we have in common isn’t it? Let’s rejoice that most of the UK is acknowledging Christmas in some way and see that as a starting point for a conversation or two that might help us to find more in common with each other, than we have differences?
If I’m a bit preachy for you, it’s because this has been on my mind for weeks but it hasn’t been possible to make it work for a sermon!!
What else do I need to tell you?
There is no midweek healing service in Usk between Christmas and New Year.
Just Five Minutes is taking a break until 10th January
Compline will be back on Sunday 9th January (the room remains open if people want to make their own arrangements)
Two more things – thank you to all of you who have worked so hard this season to make our church buildings beautiful and welcoming. Thank you too for the warmth of your welcome to all those who have come for our special services – it is that welcome that often affects peoples decisions about coming to church more often. Also thank you for coping with the Covid changes and for being sensible about attendance. Masks, checking we are infection free with lateral flow tests, and keeping our hands clean are still our best defence (with vaccination of course).
Finally, thank you. Just thank you for being you, for being part of our church life, and for rising to every challenge, for being prayerful people, and for being simply the best bunch of people I could wish to minister alongside. Thank you.
Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year. I will be taking a break between Christmas and the New Year so won’t be responding to emails, but if you have a pastoral need please leave a message on my answerphone and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
With much love,