From The Rectory
I love collecting stories, and as I was beginning to think about travel plans over the Christmas period I was reminded of the following story.
‘School was out and 10 year old Charlie was thrilled to be out of London celebrating Christmas in the country. Driving along the winding roads with his mum he was captivated by the snowy winter landscape. But suddenly the snow got heavy, the visibility turned bad and the car skidded out of control and ended up in a ditch.
Charlie tried to push while his mother pressed the accelerator, but it was no use. The pair left the car and walked down the road in search of help. They knocked on the door of a little house. The lady of the house became flustered at the sight of the mother and child, but invited them in to use her phone and warm up while she made tea and biscuits.
Why was she flustered at the arrival of the mother and child? Because there on her door step stood Queen Elizabeth 2 and her Son Prince Charles!
As we enter the season of Advent, we remember the time when another Prince came knocking, the Prince of Peace.
Jesus said: ‘Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.’ (Rev 3v20)
In the business and festivities of Christmas we can easily get swept along with the flow, and Jesus the one whose birth we are supposed to be celebrating gets side-lined.
This Christmas at St Margaret’s we are offering plenty of opportunities to stop and put the focus back on Jesus. Our celebrations will begin with Christingle on Sunday the 8th December up in the village hall. All the old favourites are there, the Lantern walk, Brass Band carol concert, Nine Lessons and Carols, crib service and midnight communion.
There is one change from last year, because of the popularity of the crib service, this year we will be running two identical services back to back, 3pm and 5pm
Let us also remember this Christmas that there are people in our local community for whom Christmas won’t be a time of Joy and celebration for various reasons. Those who are lonely, those remembering loved ones who have died or who are away this Christmas. For others it will be the financial burden as they feel the pressure to buy gifts, cards and special meals.
Whatever our situation this Christmas let us remember the true meaning of Christmas is to celebrate the birth of our saviour, Jesus, Immanuel ‘God with us’. So as I end, all that is left to say is ‘may you know the peace of Christ in your heart this Christmas’.
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