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January 2018 Service Times
Combined morning service – 10.00 am
Evening service – 6.30 pm except on 28th 5.30 pm
Joy to the World …
A message from Rev Ian Weeks
I love to finish Christmas-themed services with the uplifting carol “Joy to the world, the Lord is come, let earth receive her King ….” The stirring tune and the inspiring lyrics always fill me with hope.
And at this time of year, hope is a precious thing. I hope that you will forgive me for being a tad cynical at times during the Christmas season. Sometimes I feel that the Christmas message of love, peace, and goodwill to all on whom God’s favour rests, is lost in a world of chaos, wickedness and disaster. Christmas cheer is drowned out by the noise of international unrest and violence, terrorist attacks, murder and mayhem, tragedy on the roads (and more recently, on our beaches), domestic violence, and the stress of family gatherings amidst broken relationships. Peace? What peace?
Then I remember “Joy to the world ….” The message of Christmas is about God’s response to the hopelessness of the world. God has not abandoned us to our self-destructive ways, but has sent a Rescuer, a Saviour, a King who will rightfully take His place on a throne of an eternal Kingdom where there will be no more war, sin, sickness, evil and death. It is the birth of this King that we celebrate at Christmas – King Jesus!
King Jesus has come, was born, lived and died that we might be reconciled to God and to one another. King Jesus is alive! Raised from the dead he reigns, and will come again to put all things right. That gives me hope!
I pray that this Christmas will fill you with hope as you “prepare Him room”, and you receive the peace of God through the birth, life, death and resurrection of King Jesus.
Joy to the world! The Lord is come,
let earth receive her King
let every heart prepare Him room
and heaven and nature sing.
Joy to the World! The Saviour reigns,
let men their songs employ
while fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains
repeat the sounding joy.
He rules the world with truth and grace
and makes the nations prove
the glories of His righteousness
and wonders of His love. (Isaac Watts 1674 – 1748)
Merry Christmas and God bless you.
Mission of the Month – Living is Giving
Living is Giving is how we engage and sustain the mission of the Uniting Church in the Synod of NSW and the ACT.
“Stewardship calls us to think beyond our own bubble of wants and needs and think about how others are doing. Giving – even a small amount – be it time, money or energy – means someone else is not forgotten or overlooked, but has the opportunity to be gathered into God’s realm as a much loved and valued disciple.” — Bronwyn Murphy, Lay Education, Discipleship, Rural Ministry Consultant for Uniting Mission and Education.
Our contributions make a difference. They go towards areas of mission and faith that will help shape our future and it is here that we can see Jesus’ love at work.