‘Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.’ – Isaiah 7:14
The clocks have gone back, the days are getting shorter and soon the beautiful colours of autumn will give way to the chill of winter. Christmas is coming!
Perhaps like me you seem to be having lots of conversations about what will happen at Christmas during a pandemic. Will it be the beloved, so seemingly magical, season? How much will the ghosts of our Christmases past haunt this one? I wonder what your expectations will be for this most wonderful time of year?
At the heart of our Christmases has been relational nearness with family and friends, being face to face. Perhaps this year more than ever, with its uncertainty and challenges, we need to see more clearly that God himself came near that first Christmas, face to face with humanity; just as Isaiah the prophet said ‘call his name Emmanuel’ meaning God with us – the greatest breach of social distancing!
Perhaps this year more than ever we see more clearly the opportunity we have to share good news, to pray for our friends, neighbours and colleagues that they too may come to know the God who comes near to us.
This Sunday look out for information about our Christmas events, and if you’re in church you will have an opportunity to pick up the events list. Christmas is coming, let’s be prepared!
Sunday Morning Services – Holy Spirit: Life and Fruit, this week thinking about Joy, John 16:16-22
Sunday Evening Service – James: Faith that Works, James 4.11-17
Do join our Zoom refreshments at 10.30am
Grace to you in our Lord Jesus,