By Pastor Mark
This will be a strange Christmas. It will be unlike anything that we have ever experienced- It is going to be a period with much anxiety, sadness and fear.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
As we celebrate Christmas this week let us reflect upon the coming of Christ. That first Christmas was also a time of anxiety and fear. The first Christmas was in poverty and isolation too where the saviour and king of kings had to be ‘placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them’ (Luke 2:7b).
This Christmas why not spend some time thinking upon that first Christmas and reflect on the words of the angels to the shepherds ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people’ (Luke 2:10).
During this Christmas season we will have our challenges and stresses but as our scripture above says now is the time, we need to put our trust in Christ and hand everything over to the protection and care of Almighty God.
On Christmas Day we have a zoom service at 9am and an in-person service at 10am. We hope that you have a Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year.