With joy and happiness, I welcome you to our celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Our parish community is very pleased that you are here with us. You may be a “regular” at Mass or a once a year Christmas “visitor”. Whatever, you are very welcome.
‘Listen, I bring you news of great joy, a joy to be shared by the whole people’.
So whether you are a “Remainer” or a “Leaver” or fed up with “Brexit”, the message of the angles to the shepherds is for the whole people, you, me, the whole world. This good news, what does is it mean for you ? Perhaps now is the time to think again, and ask what is the message for me this Christmas time.
“Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you, he is Christ the Lord”.
When life is good, and I am getting what I want, when things are going my way, I don’t need a saviour. But if I’m honest there are many times when I need hope and help. This is when I need a saviour. We all do. The Good News at Christmas is, that’s exactly what you’ve got.
The Good News is one of great joy. God sent his Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved. From what ? Stress and tension, sadness and sorrow…. This is the heart of the Good News, the source of our joy, the message of the angles.
“Jesus Christ loves you; God sent him into the world for you ….. He gave his life to save you; and now he is living at your side every day to enlighten, strengthen and free you”.
This Christmas we would like to welcome all of you, but especially those who may have drifted away from us. We miss you and are incomplete without you—how about giving it another go and joining us at Sunday Mass – it will gladden your heart.
Please stay for mince pies, tea and coffee after Mass—we would love to talk to you. Do come and join us.
Open/Information evening, Thursday 10th Jan at St James Presbytery at 7.30pm. All are welcome.