Happy Christmas! (very nearly)
Have a blessed, merry and joyful Christmas.
There is much to say. There is much that can be written. I could start with writing about this unusual year, about how we face Christmas in a way we have never done before. But, we have done no more than the Holy Family did all those years ago. We have journeyed through the darkness, without any understanding of the light that waits for us at the end. Now, we get to discover the light and in that discovery find a joyful path forward – whatever may happen next.
I can do little more this week than offer you the beautiful words of the Gospel of Luke.
“And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.”
Christmas services: Christmas Eve, 5pm – Evening Prayer | 11:30pm Midnight Mass. Christmas Day, 10am – Mass of Christmas Day. All our services over the Christmas period can be found on our Christmas Services webpage here.
Thank you for all the food, clothing and toys for the refugees in hotels in Hayes and West Drayton. These gifts will make an enormous difference in the lives of those who are most in need, most in distress and most in need of love. Thank you.
Please keep hold of your stamps for the RNIB Christmas Campaign, a box will soon appear in church.