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Last week during church we made the announcement that we would be forming a parish partnership with Jamberoo Anglican Church. This is a great opportunity for the gospel to grow and to share in the gifts that God has blessed each church with. Our hope and prayer is that through this partnership we would be able to encourage each other and share in order that the gospel may grow in both of these areas.
We realise that people will have concerns and questions because change is a scary thing. We want to inform you that this decision has not been done lightly. In Jodie’s absence any questions and concerns should be directed towards Geoff Kyngdon, Harley Mills or Troy Milliken.
Finally, let’s be encouraged by the words of Paul as he spoke of the partnership in the gospel that he forged with the Philippian church when he said:
Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. Philippians 2: 1 – 4
It is easy for us to get side-tracked at Christmas, and it is far too easy for us to feel the need to compete with others by getting bigger, better and more expensive presents. In fact, the figures for projected spending have been released by the Australian National Retailers’ Association which state that “Nationally more than $32.6 billion in total sales is expected” over the four week leading to Christmas. With the average household spending $4,154. While some of this spending is for good reasons, (drawing families together for meals and expressing love for others via the giving of gifts), I can’t help but wonder, is it all too much?
For many the meaning of Christmas has changed, it is more about family than religion, gifts than grace. But at the heart of the Christmas story is God’s gracious gift of a Son, His own Son. Through the gift of Jesus God reconciled a world which had turned their backs on him.
As John puts it in his take on the Christmas story:
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1: 14
As the classic tagline goes: Jesus is the reason for the season!