I wonder what it is about Christmas that you most look forward to? The food, the presents, the time of being with family and friends, the carols, the Christmas services? Or it could be making the preparations, the planning and getting ready?
Or, for some it may be looking ahead to when it is all over and back to normal.
I pray that this may be a special Christmas for us all whatever our expectations. A time for each of us to experience and be amazed at God’s love. For each of us to discover afresh the marvel of God coming to earth and for some people to discover God’s love for them for the first time.
This is a huge opportunity for St. Mary’s church to welcome people, as part of our caring for the spiritual welfare of this community. So, thank you in advance for all the times that you will be part of talking with others, helping them to feel at home and meeting them with warmth. Please let us pray – that the Holy Spirit will draw lots of people to come, for all who will come – young and old- to be open to God’s blessing and be encouraged in faith in some way.
Today I read a statistic researched by Scripture Union – that 35% of children believe that Jesus was born in the South pole. They urge us to reach out to the 95% of children who are not regularly in church.
Let’s give true understanding about Jesus to the children and adults in Mildenhall. Who can you invite to a service? And perhaps accompany them here? Who can you get chatting to and guide the conversation around to see what they understand about the first Christmas? Who can you give a Christmas booklet or leaflet to telling about the birth of Jesus? Who can you visit or give an act of kindness to and show and perhaps share about God’s generous love? Who can you make a difference to this Christmas because you help them to connect with God?
There is lots of room at this “inn”- let’s help people to know. May God bless you this Christmas time with a peace and joy overflowing to others around.