Christmas is full of dreams… but so often those dreams are not realised.
We dream for real presents, but we end up with undies and socks; we dream about rich relationships, but we end up with conflict and awkward moments; we dream about fulfilment, but we end up empty.
Our world is dreaming of a real Christmas, and we know that it’s only in knowing Jesus that a person can have a Christmas full of real hope in the real Jesus.
Our Christmas campaign this year is all about handing out 4,000 Christmas cards with a cute baby in a santa outfit and a caption that says “I’m dreaming of a real Christmas!”
Inside, we have details of our Community Carols Celebration and our Christmas Day Service, and an opportunity for a personalised message.
We’ve also printed colour posters that we pray will be displayed in shops, schools and community centres around our area.
Please join with me in praying that the cards get into the hands of lots of people who this year might consider finding the Christmas of their dreams in the Lord Jesus Christ.
It was Winston Churchill who famously said that “The farther back you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.”
That is why it’s healthy for us to reflect upon our history here at St Andrew’s Anglican Church, Oak Flats.
Back in 1947, a church service was hosted in an Oak Flats home, and four years later on the 3rd December 1951, our church building was officially opened as a branch church of Dapto Anglican.
Twenty-four years later, our little church became a full-blown parish, and since then we’ve benefited from a major redevelopment in 1989, and subsequent improvements along the way.
God has done great things through the lives of the people in this church, and we should keep praying that his kingdom will grow through the word ministry that happens now and into the future.
We long to see more and more people come to know real hope in the real Jesus, and it’s our prayer that our humble ministry at Oak Flats Anglican will bring great glory to God.