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From the Rector
I remember many magical Christmas’ as I was growing up. The surprises and treats; Quality Street and fizzy drinks; decorations and presents lying under the tree. People were always happy in our house at Christmas time. As I grew older, I remember those frantic searches whilst my parents were out, desperately searching for one of my Christmas surprises. I loved Christmas!
Looking back, it’s not difficult to see that the true meaning of Christmas was missing for our family. To us, Jesus was just a mythical figure hardly mentioned but Christmas was still great! Yes it really was! Perhaps it’s good for us as Christians to be reminded that life doesn’t have to be lousy because a person doesn’t know Jesus.
What am I saying? Jesus is not the only way to finding happiness? Yes, exactly! In fact, people of no faith or any other faith may have much to show us about being happy, BUT Jesus, the Bible reminds us, is the only way for us to know God.
A Samaritan woman was sitting by a well when Jesus approached. They began to talk. There were many reasons why Jesus shouldn’t have been talking to this woman but none of them stopped him! It soon became clear that she was emotionally exhausted by life, by things that didn’t last. Five failed marriages to be exact. Does she long for instant happiness, or something even deeper? She thirsts for more than water, and Jesus opens the door to something she could never have imagined possible. (John 4)
Do you want to know God more? To experience that peace that transcends understanding? To discover a place with God where the noise becomes less and the chaos calmer? Well Jesus is the only way such an answer can be found (John 14). Draw close to Him and He will draw close to you.
As we prepare for our first Christmas in the Benefice, we thank all of you for your kind welcome. It has quickly become a spiritual home for us that fills us daily with hope and expectation. We know the range of Christmas Services at St. Mary’s will be both beautiful and inspiring, so why not bring your family and friends to one or more of our services so they might find the answer the Samaritan woman found?
We wish you a blessed and joyful Christmas and hope you will join us at a service or some other activity.
See News on the right for pieces on what is going on in the benefice, including our weekly news sheet and seasonal service list.
May all who visit our ancient Church of St Catherine experience the peace of Jesus Christ, which has inspired the worship of Almighty God through the generations in Sacombe.
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