As we light the candles, one by one, in the season before Christmas it reminds us that time is running out! Christmas is just around the corner, yes, but also the second coming of Christ is getting nearer.
What a wonderful but also frightening time that will be. I wonder if you have read about Jesus’ second coming recently. Advent reminds us that we need to prepare ourselves for Jesus’ return and warn others who don’t yet know the peace of God which passes all understanding as they are reconciled with their maker.
Each of the four candles we light represent another truth about God. Hope, peace, joy and love are the characteristics we focus on before we light the centre candle on Christmas Day to celebrate Jesus’ first coming as a baby.
In a world which often despairs and fights, is dissatisfied and exhibits hate, we need to capture anew the qualities of hope, peace, joy and love in our lives and pray that the world can embrace these godly characteristics too.
We are celebrating that God is the source of our hope, that God gives us peace as we are forgiven for our misdeeds, that true joy comes from knowing God’s purpose in our lives and that God is the fountain of all love. We are planning services for all ages and for all backgrounds this Christmas:
Our cupcake service with a nativity play by our young people is ideal for children (6pm Christmas Eve), the ‘midnight’ communion (11pm) is ideal for those who want to welcome in Christmas Day. Then we have our Christmas Day services – a traditional Communion service at 8am and a family Communion service at 10am.
If you prefer a traditional carol service with 9 lessons and carols then come along to St Thomas’ on 21st at 7pm, or if carol singing around houses tickles your fancy then join us at 5.45 at All Saints’ as we set out to share some glad tidings with those who can’t get out and about themselves.
Please join us as we celebrate together – you can be sure of a warm welcome!
21 December : Advent 4 – Love (8am, 10am)
9 Lessons & Carols @ St Thomas’ Meeanee 7pm
6pm – Children’s Nativity Play & Carol singing
Cupcakes & Juice after the play
11pm – Midnight Communion
8am – Christmas Communion
10am – Christmas Family Communion
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