30 November 2018
Emmanuel - God With Us
This week we have had the privilege to celebrate Christmas a month early! At our Junior Years Carols Service and the Middle and Senior Years Celebration of Advent and Christmas, we sang traditional Christmas carols and heard the story of Jesus’ birth. Our theme at these services was Emmanuel, which means God with us. What does it mean for Jesus to be God with us? For me, it means, that God knows what it’s like to be me. God knows what it feels like to be sad, and hurt and troubled. God knows what it feels like to be happy and joyful and to celebrate the things that are important. God knows what it means to have friends and family and people we care about. God knows what it is like to be human.
God in Jesus came to live life as one of us. But he did more than that. When the time was right, Jesus began his ministry. The work he was called to do so that we could know God better. Jesus showed us the love that God has for us and all people. Jesus taught us how to love God and how to love each other. How to be kind, and generous and open our hearts especially to people that are different from us.
Jesus is a King like no other. From his humble beginnings, through his teaching and miracles, to his death and resurrection – Jesus challenges what we think it means to be a King. He taught us that to lead means to be a servant, to put others before ourselves and think of their needs and how we can meet them.
The best thing about Jesus, Emmanuel, God With us, is that God is still with us today. God walks beside us every day, holding our hand, encouraging us, showing us that we are to continue the work that Jesus began. God with us, through us and in us, continues to shine light into the darkness of our world.
Our challenge is to shine that light brightly. We do that by being faithful to God, thinking of others, sharing the love we have found through Jesus with each and every person we meet. We do that through our generosity and the kindness we show to others. Jesus came to be with us, God continues to be with us. Let us ensure that God’s immeasurable love and grace is known and lived through everything we do and every person we meet.
Christmas Visit to Bollon Shire
For our families in the Ballon Shire, Fr Paul and I will be in St George the weekend before Christmas. We would love to see some Glennie faces at any of the services over the weekend:
Friday, 21 December:
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm Carols and Christmas service at Bollon
8:00 pm to 9:00 pm Christmas supper at Bollon
Saturday, 22 December:
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm Carols and Christmas service at Dirranbandi
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm Afternoon Tea at Dirranbandi
5:00 pm to 5:30 pm Nativity service at St George
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm BBQ meal for families at St George
Sunday, 22 December:
8:00 am to 9:00 am Carols and Christmas service at St George including baptism
11:00 am Carols and Christmas service at Thallon
Thank you all for making my first year Glennie a wonderful one, filled with joy and love. I wish each and every one of you a Happy Christmas and blessings for the new year. See you in 2019 when I will sign off as The Rev’d Sharon Mitchell!
The Rev’d Sharon Baird