On 25th December each year we celebrate again the extraordinary truth that God became a human being, just like one of us. The New Testament Letter to the Hebrews says that, ‘Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters’ (Hebrews 2:11).
At Christmas we remember that ‘God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son’ (John 3:16). God so loved humankind that he came to meet us on our terms and see things from our side that our relationship with him might grow. We take heart, particularly in the Christmas season, that Jesus lived and moved about on the earth as we do, that he was part of a human family as we are and was faced with trouble as we may well be.
And yet, this remarkable story begins with a baby in Bethlehem, a reminder to us that the activity of God in the world may sometimes seem understated but, just as the infant Jesus depended on the care of Mary and Joseph, God’s work is always toward our care and growth. Amidst the busy-ness of Christmas, the sending of cards, the purchasing of gifts and our celebrating with loved ones, there are opportunities at St. Aidan’s to protect time for the Christ who is at the heart of Christmas and to celebrate God’s wonderful love.
Our Christmas Services include:
- A Christingle Service (particularly appropriate for children) on a Sunday afternoon at the beginning of December.
- The Main Carol Service on a Sunday evening in mid-December.
- The Crib Service (particularly appropriate for children) at 5pm on Christmas Eve.
- The First Eucharist of Christmas at 10pm on Christmas Eve.
- Christmas Day Eucharists at 8am and 9:30am.
(Please check the Calendar for more information about all of the above).
A Christmas prayer:
Surprise your people, O God,
with the joy of your birthing of love among us.
Break past the boundaries of our full rooms
and into the holy spaces near to us.
Call to us, that we may search and find your dwelling place.
Come to us now, at this time of celebration.
(by Dorothy McRae-McMahon)