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Rector’s Letter for December 2022 – January 2023

In his message to the Diocese on 22 November, Bishop Robert begins with these words:

“I am delighted to report that, like the first cuckoo of spring, I have seen my first house decorated for Christmas. At one level I know I should hold the line — it’s not even Advent and as a child Christmas lights were never allowed before Christmas Eve (or just possibly the weekend before that).  This year, it has made me very happy, a sign in my mind at least, that even in the darkness of this dark winter with the many challenges that surround us, we still have hope, a desire for the light to shine in the darkness. A sign that people still have hope.”

I’m with Bishop Robert. Don’t get me wrong, I’m eager for Advent –

A time to reflect and turn to God.

A time to deliberately look for oases of calm to share with God in the midst of the frenetic preparation of what is to come.

A time to be with him, without an agenda, simply to enjoy God for who he is.

A time to delight with renewed surprise that he also enjoys me coming to him.

To that end we’ll be pausing at 3 specific points to gather (albeit on zoom) for our Advent Reflections:
Wednesday 30 November
Wednesday 7 December
Thursday 15 December
All at 7pm (zoom link to come nearer the time).

But returning to Bishop Robert’s thought, where I’m eager for Advent, this year I find myself desperate for Christmas.

I want to sit and stare at a manger.

I want to watch the hardened faces of shepherds as they see for the first time, the answer to their quest.

I want to ponder with the Magi, who I am before the Christ-child.

I want Christmas to lift and change me in the middle of all else that’s happening around.

I want to know the reason to rejoice –

“Hark the herald angels sing, glory to the newborn King.”

And again, in the middle of it all, I want to recapture the dawning thought that has held me before, that this is something for every day and for every one.

Will you join me….?

May God bless you richly this Advent and Christmas and New Year and yes – every day.

With our love to you all