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all about following Jesus. We are a community of imperfect people who have experienced the love and forgiveness of a wonderful God. We are a local expression of God’s eternal and universal church, called to be God’s people who love, worship, glorify, and serve our living King, Jesus Christ;
part of the Assembly of Confessing Congregations of the Uniting Church, joining with other Uniting Church congregations in contending for the Biblical faith: Confessing the Lord Jesus Christ, Proclaiming the Truth and Renewing the Church; and
“evangelical” Christians, which means that Jesus shapes the heart of our worship, the Bible shapes the heart of our life, and the Gospel (the Good News about Jesus) shapes our heart for a broken world.
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Is Christmas in Crisis?
There is no doubt that Christmas 2020 will be very different. Will we be able to sing Christmas carols? Will we be able to have large family gatherings to celebrate with food, presents and family fun? Will the borders be open so we can share with family on the “other side”? Questions we hope and pray will be answered “Yes!” – but these are uncertain times.
However, uncertainty, anxiety and fear are not new for Christmas. As I read the Gospel accounts I am reminded that Mary, Joseph, the infant Jesus, the shepherds and many others, were also experiencing a time of crisis.
Oppressive Roman occupation, arduous journeys for the government census, threats of civil and political uprisings, the cruelty of the puppet King Herod, the scandal of unmarried pregnant girl, and the spiritual uncertainty surrounding the promise of a Messiah, a Rescuer, the anticipation of coming of the Kingdom of God, all made for an environment of crisis.
“Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
All this took place to fulfil what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).
(Mat. 1:20 – 23)
But in the middle of it all came the good news of peace – the affirmation that God had not forgotten us, nor left us to deal with the crisis alone.
The message of the angels was: “Fear not!” and “Peace!”. God’s plan for the salvation of sinners, for the coming of His Kingdom, for the end of evil, sin and death would not be derailed by earthly kingdoms or deadly diseases. Christmas reminds me that God is still in control and is with us, even in times of crisis.
I pray that even in these uncertain and anxious times you will experience the peace of God this Christmas.
God bless you,
Rev. Ian Weeks
“ … there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
(Luke 2: 8 – 12)