Advent is upon us and, in a few weeks’ time, we’ll be celebrating Christmas. Celebrating
again the birth of our Saviour in a stable in Bethlehem. Singing again our Christmas carols.
Enjoying again the festivities of the day. Christmas trees will be lit up and presents will be
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|First Thoughts - The Vicar's Letter
|Below you will find extracts from this month's Parish Magazine
First Words..., A Prayer for the Month & A Thought for the Month
|The Collect for Christmas Day
you have given us your only-begotten Son
to take our nature upon him
and as at this time to be born of a pure virgin:
grant that we, who have been born again
and made your children by adoption and grace,
may daily be renewed by your Holy Spirit;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
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Palm Sunday, The Lenten Reflections etc.
- New Page - 6 Faces in a Wall - St. Mary’s link with local sculptor Andrew Vickers
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- Christmas - The Services for Christmas can be found in the magazine. You’re warmly
invited to attend any, or all, of these. These include our Christingle Service on Sunday
21st December at 4.00 pm, out Crib Service on Christmas Eve at 4.00 pm, our
traditional Service of Lessons and Carols on Christmas Eve at 6.30 pm and our
Christmas Day Communion Services at both 8.30 am and 10.00 am.
- Advent - Don’t forget to properly prepare for the coming of Jesus. Join us during
I’ll set each person that reads this article a challenge for Christmas Day. At some point
during the day see if you can find time to watch the News. Amidst the stories of celebrations
and Christmas messages you are bound to hear of human misery and tragedy; a misery and
tragedy that has been caused by humanity’s own inhumanity to itself. In hearing these
stories we begin to realise how far we have to come to be the people that Christ invites us to
be. Of course this realisation will come and go as we continue to enjoy the festivities of the
day. This is right and proper as Christmas is a day to enjoy. But when the festivities and
enjoyments have finished, let us redouble our efforts to model Christ’s presence in the world.
Let us seek to be people of hope, peace and goodwill and let this be our Christmas message
to the world.
The message of salvation has a universal meaning. Christ came into the world not to change
one race or one people, but to change the whole of humanity. The coming together of the
divine and the human in the person of Jesus changes all of humanity forever more.
Christmas is about the unlocking of the human potential for good and the recognition of this
same good in others. Peace and goodwill to all begins as we recognise the difference of other
people as a positive. It begins as we seek to engage with those who are profoundly different
from us in order that we might grow in our own humanity.
“Joy to the world”
It’s always tempting at Christmas time to talk about “our Christmas” – our Christmas in
Sheffield, our Christmas in Ecclesfield, our Christmas with our family. In one sense there’s
nothing wrong with this. It focusses our attention on what the feast day means for us and for
those around us. But in another sense it can lead us to miss the universal significance of the
day. In the words of the famous hymn, we are celebrating “Joy to the world”.