Letter from the Rector
Light in our Darkness
Year after year our Christmas celebrations remind us that God does not keep his distance from his people, but rather, comes very close to us. What we see when we gaze upon the child in the manger of our nativity scenes is a reminder that God chose to be with us; chose to be one among us, as Jesus.
Jesus comes among us to bring light in our darkness. There is so much to be joyful about at Christmas time knowing that our God chose to reveal his nature to us in Jesus Christ.
As we gaze upon the Nativity we will do well also, to pay close attention to the woman in whose arms he lay, Mary the mother of God, a young woman and a virgin who despite the enormity of the task set before her delighted in her God and in the wonderful things he was doing. At the beginning of her pregnancy she sings out her song of praise, the magnificat, “My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my saviour”. Words of praise and wonder. As her song unfolds she declares that God has turned the fortunes of his people upside down as he lifts up the lowly and fills the hungry with good things. God is born in Mary; light in our darkness. He gives us a message to proclaim of love and care for one another and particularly for those who are in need.
My soul magnifies the Lord
And my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour;
Because He has regarded the lowliness of His handmaid;
For behold, henceforth all generations shall call me blessed;
Because He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name;
And His mercy is from generation to generation on those who fear Him.
He has shown might with His arm,
He has scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart.
He has put down the mighty from their thrones, and has exalted the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent away empty.
He has given help to Israel, his servant, mindful of His mercy
Even as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his posterity forever.
Luke 1. 46-55
This year at St Faith’s we will celebrate the birth of Jesus, the coming of light and we will also make our response in a brand new way. This year on Christmas Day we will be hosting a Christmas lunch in the Church Rooms for those in our community who would otherwise be alone. There are a limited number of places for the lunch and so we will be sending invitations out to the people we believe would most benefit. If you know of someone for whom such a gift would bring light to an otherwise dark or lonely Christmas then please let me know.
And to all of you, may I wish you all the joy of the Christmas season and the peace of the Christ child.
With every blessing to you