Christmas Greetings 2020!
…the Lord appeared to [Joseph] in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet:
23 “Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means, “God is with us.” (Matthew 1:20-23)
14 And the Word became flesh and lived among us…. (John 1)
In ages past the prophets spoke of it. 2000 years ago Jesus fulfilled the prophet’s message. Today we continue to live in the truth of the fulfilment. Jesus the saviour, conceived of the Holy Spirt, entered this world through the Virgin Mary and brought God to us in human flesh. This is Christmas! And the truth of Christmas forever changes our world and our lives!
God came near in Jesus and continues to live among us now. God comes bearing gifts. Gifts of hope, peace, joy, love, light and so much more!
In this year that has been so unusual, and through a Christmas that will feel so different from what we know, may you receive the gifts of Christmas.
HOPE to anchor you when the present and future seem unclear!
PEACE to fill you when anxiety and fear, violence and injustice overwhelm!
JOY to lighten you when the pressures and challenges of life weigh you down!
LOVE to enfold you when the hard places of life cause hurt and pain!
The LIGHT of Jesus Christ to shine in you and dispel the darkness all around!
May you receive these gifts of Christmas through the Spirit of God within you and the people of God around you! And may you share these gifts freely with all!
We wish for you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a hope filled New Year!
Pastor Tanya and Pastor Ray